Carolyn Menteith from Woking in Surrey 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
Carolyn 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
Carolyn is a qualified behaviourist with over 20 years'
experience working with animals. She is also a British Horse
Society qualified instructor. Aside from dog training, Carolyn has
written prolifically about dogs, dog training, dog behaviour, dog
care and dog welfare in national magazines and books for many
years. She is an experienced broadcaster who appears regularly on
radio programmes as a dog expert and also works with rescue
organisations in the UK and around the world.
Carolyn said: "Dogs have always been a major part of my life. As
an only child, dogs were my friends, confidantes and teachers. I
decided to become a trainer to help owners and families achieve
that fantastic bond with their dogs that everyone wants but is so
often missing. I am passionate about reward-based dog
training and am committed to improve life for as many of the
nation's dogs and owners as possible.
"My proudest moment in my career is to have developed the Puppy
Plan, a 16 week plan for breeders and new owners to ensure puppies
are properly socialised and habituated. It gives them all the
necessary early learning to turn them into well adjusted, safe,
well-behaved members of canine society. Working with puppies is my
passion. If you get the first few weeks of a dog's life right, the
rest becomes simple and so many potential problems can be
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/.