Michael McCann from Ingatestone, Essex is the latest dog trainer to become accredited by the Kennel Club Accredited Instructors scheme (KCAI).
Michael, aged 42, originally from Ireland but now living in Ingatestone, is the latest to be recognised by the KCAI after successfully completing the Companion Dog Training qualification, which is offered by the Kennel Club, the largest organisation in the UK dedicated to dog health, welfare and training.
Michael has been training dogs for over 20 years. He currently manages a training facility in Essex where he runs training sessions in Companion Dog, Good Citizen Dog Scheme and IPO & Security, as he is also a National Association of Security Dog Users instructor.
Michael said: "Gaining my KCAI accreditation in Companion Dog Training was a very proud moment, as I have worked very hard to make sure I deliver up to date quality training for both dogs and my clients. I think it is fantastic to have an industry-led accreditation for all the hard work and dedication that working in this field requires."
Companion Dog Training is just one of the many areas in which trainers can become accredited. The scheme now has trainers accredited in a range of different disciplines including working gundog training, Good Citizen Dog Scheme training and assistance dogs training.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: "The KCAI scheme offers trainers a City & Guilds teaching qualification that recognises their unique knowledge and experience. The scheme provides a quality standard for the industry, ensuring that dog owners can be assured that their chosen trainer or behaviourist has the necessary knowledge and experience.
"From the most popular areas, such as companion dog training or rescue and re-homing, through to more specialist disciplines like working gundogs, competitive agility and heelwork to music, the scheme is tailored depending on the individual trainer's requirements. Congratulations to Michael on becoming accredited in companion dog training."
For more information on the KCAI scheme, please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/training/.