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Prestigious Award To Recognise Outstanding KCAI Talent

26 August 2014    13:30

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 they deserve.

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 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 visit 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 deserve.

"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 Crufts 2015."

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 hotel*.

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 family." 

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.

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