35 year-old Joe Nutkins from Ardleigh, Essex, has been nominated
for a 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
Joe 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 their
Joe has worked as a dog trainer for the past 10 years and has
made a tremendous difference to thousands of dogs and their
families' lives. Aside from training, she also holds classes for
children during the school holidays and often organises Doggie Fun
Days to raise money for local dog charities.
Joe also runs courses to train people to become Dog Trainers and
has worked with a local charity The Disability Trust, to help young
people with autism overcome their fear of dogs. She also provides
training classes for senior dogs so they can continue to develop in
their later years. Joe owns three Norwich Terriers, Cassie, Taylor
Joe said: "Being able to see the progression of dogs in their
training as well as the delight from owners and families as they
work with their dog is so rewarding. I get so much joy when I
achieve something with my own dogs, and to be able to help others
in this way is amazing.
"Dog training gives dogs a chance to communicate their needs to
their owners, helps families bond with their dogs and this
hopefully means that fewer dogs will need to go into rescue and
more people will feel comfortable with their dogs."
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/.