59 year-old Allyson Tohme from Calne, Wiltshire 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.
Allyson 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
Allyson has been a dog trainer in her spare time for around 20
years and spends a great deal of time travelling all over the UK
with her role as a Health & Safety Manager for a global
Aside from training dogs, she is an accredited Temperament
Assessor for the charity, Pets as Therapy. She feels
privileged to play a small part in the charity's work by ensuring
that prospective dogs are outwardly healthy, friendly and entirely
suitable to work in hospitals and similar establishments.
As a long time breed enthusiast, she also assesses both dogs and
potential homes for the Weimaraner Club of Great Britain and the
Independent Weimaraner Rescue and Rehoming Service. Allyson is the
proud owner of two dogs, Arrow, a 10 year-old German Shepherd Dog,
and Buffy, a 6 month-old Belgian Shepherd Dog.
Allyson said: "Being involved in developing a confident,
trusting relationship between owners and their dogs is the most
rewarding part of dog training for me. Becoming a finalist for the
inaugural KCAI Trainer of The Year Award is my proudest moment in
dog training to date!"
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/.