Carole West from Liphook in Hampshire is the latest trainer to become accredited by the Kennel Club Accredited Instructors scheme (KCAI).
Carole is the latest to be recognised by the scheme after successfully completing the Companion Dog Training, Good Citizen Dog Scheme training at the Advanced Level, and Competitive Obedience qualifications which are offered by the Kennel Club.
Carole's life has always revolved around dogs and she has been involved in dog training for 40 years. Over the years she has represented the south of England on three occasions in the inter-regional obedience events at Crufts, and also had the privilege of being in the silver Good Citizen Dog Scheme display teams twice at both Discover Dogs and Crufts. She has been chairman of Haslemere District Dog Training Club for five years (HDDTC).
Carole said: "I have been studying hard for two years, which has been completely worthwhile. Dog training has changed drastically since I first started my career, and I hope that my accreditation will encourage more trainers from HDDTC to sign up to the KCAI scheme which I find very beneficial as a dog trainer. I found that learning provided a huge boost to my confidence, especially as two of the modules were at advanced level. I look forward to passing on what I have learnt to my fellow club trainers and to the handlers."
Companion Dog Training and Good Citizen Dog Scheme are just some 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, Assistance Dogs Training, Rescue and Rehoming, Ringcraft and Working Trials.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: "The KCAI 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 Carole on becoming accredited in Companion Dog Training, Good Citizen Dog Scheme and Competitive Obedience."
For more information on the KCAI, please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/training/.