51 year-old Linda Dewey from Portslade, East Sussex, has been
nominated for the prestigious Kennel Club Accredited Instructors
(KCAI) Trainer of The Year Award in partnership with PRO PLAN at
Crufts 2015. The KCAI is the first and only scheme in the UK for
instructors in dog training and behaviour to be approved by City
& Guilds NPTC.
Linda was nominated by her dog owner clients for the KCAI
Trainer of The Year Award which aims to reward inspirational
trainers who have made a tremendous difference for dog owners and
Linda inherited her love of dogs from her grandmother who used
to feed and look after stray dogs. Linda's mother however had a
phobia of dogs and although Linda had a dog briefly when she was a
child, it wasn't a successful experience. She was also very fond of
horses and, prior to dog training, she competed and trained
Following an accident which ended her career working with
horses, she purchased her first dog, determined to train it to the
highest standard and avoid the problems she had with her childhood
dog, and soon after became a dog trainer. She now runs the Dog
Obedience Group in Porstlade near Brighton, and is the proud owner
of two black Labradors, Astra, aged 15, and Tiggy, 4½.
Linda said: "I absolutely love being a dog trainer. To be a good
trainer, it is not enough to just be good with animals, you must
also understand dog owners too. If you cannot help the owners you
cannot help the dogs and it is something that I strive hard to
achieve. The highlight for me is a happy owner with a happy,
socially acceptable dog and a relationship for both that will last
Aside from training, and offering behaviour counselling to her
own clients, Linda supports local vets with advice on behaviour and
training problems, and also helps running their puppy groups. She
supports local rescues, particularly the Sussex Pet Rescue, and
helps rehabilitate and settle the dogs that pass through their
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: "The trainers that
have made the final of the KCAI Trainer of The Year Awards
competition are all truly inspirational. 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 vote for their favourite, and we
are very much looking forward to the winner being announced at
Four finalists have been selected for the KCAI Trainer of the
Year Award for their outstanding work, and the Kennel Club,
together with PRO PLAN, is encouraging the public to visit
www.thekennelclub.org.uk/kcaiawards to vote for the trainer they
feel is most deserving.
Votes will open on Monday 12th January until Monday 9th
February, and the winner will be announced at Crufts on Saturday
7th March 2015. Aside from the four finalists, an
International Commendation will also be awarded at Crufts.
If you are a dog trainer and would like to join the KCAI scheme,
please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/kcai.
For more information on the KCAI scheme, please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/training/.