Nominations for members of the Kennel Club Accredited
Instructors (KCAI) scheme who have truly made a difference for dogs
are being sought by the Kennel Club for its new KCAI Awards
ceremony, to be held in partnership with Purina PRO PLAN at the
country's most prestigious dog event, Crufts next March.
Recent times have seen an increase in people turning their love
for man's best friend into hobbies or businesses, and dog training
is an enjoyable career prospect for many. Meanwhile, for
families looking for a puppy, whilst finding the suitable breed and
temperament is extremely important, nothing quite impacts a dog's
life like good training which makes all the difference to a dog's
and his family's wellbeing.
This is why the KCAI scheme is so important and the Kennel Club
has decided to create an award to give its members the recognition
Dog owners working with those who are accredited through the
KCAI scheme, and those who are working towards accreditation, can
nominate the trainer who has made a difference to them and to their
dog's life via www.thekennelclub.org.uk/kcaiawards
until 30th October.
The Kennel Club is looking for inspirational KCAI members who
have either turned a dog's life around, or are really dedicated and
go the extra mile by volunteering for dog rescues or charities in
their spare time.
Five finalists will be selected for this award for their
outstanding work, and the Kennel Club will encourage the public to
to vote for the story they feel is most worthy. Each of the
finalists will be invited to the awards ceremony at Crufts 2015 at
the NEC, Birmingham, with the winner revealed on the day.
Speaking about this year's awards, Kennel Club Secretary,
Caroline Kisko said: "We are very pleased to be launching the new
KCAI Award this year. The KCAI scheme is a badge of quality
ensuring that dog owners are getting a safe, knowledgeable and
professional experience. With their specialist knowledge and
skills, KCAI members make a tremendous difference for dogs and
their owners and it is only fair that they get the recognition they
"We would encourage all dog owners working with KCAI members to
go to the Kennel Club website and nominate their favourite, and we
are very much looking forward to the winner being announced at
The winner of the KCAI Award, which is held in partnership with
Purina PRO PLAN, will receive a trainer pack which includes two
tickets for the KCAI Education Weekend, a KCAI Trainer Of The Year
certificate and badge, free KCAI membership for a year and free
food for their training organisation for a year. Their prize will
also include an overnight stay at a specially selected dog-friendly
PRO PLAN business manager Louise Simons said: "At PRO PLAN we
have a passion for education and a mission to provide the very best
in canine nutrition. We're delighted to be working again with the
KCAI scheme to recognise and celebrate those trainers who really go
the 'extra mile' for the good of the dog and their human
The deadline for nominations is 30th October 2014. The winner
will be chosen from a shortlist by the general public and announced
at Crufts 2015.
If you are a dog trainer and would like to join the KCAI scheme,
please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/kcai.