Diane Jones from East Sussex is the latest dog trainer to become accredited under the Kennel Club Accredited Instructors (KCAI) scheme.
Diane is the latest KCAI member to be recognised by the scheme after successfully gaining her Companion Dog Training qualification and becoming the first person on the KCAI scheme to be accredited in the newest area of specialisation: Non-Competitive Activities Heelwork to Music. The qualifications are awarded by the Kennel Club, which is the largest organisation in the UK dedicated to dog health, welfare and training.
Diane, who joined the KCAI scheme in 2007, has been working in the canine world for many years, as the sole trainer and owner of Berwick Obedience Association, running and judging dog shows, competing in heelwork to music and obedience, owning Border Collies, Poodles and Miniature Poodles and through her involvement with animal organisations such as Sussex Pet Rescue.
Diane commented: ''These two Kennel Club accreditations are the result of much hard work and dedication, and I'm so proud to be able to say I have gained these industry-wide respected qualifications. Although it was hard work, I thoroughly enjoyed the process too. It means a lot to me to have not just one, but two KCAI qualifications - especially to be the first person accredited in Non-Competitive Activities Heelwork to Music!''
Companion Dog Training and Non-Competitive Activities Heelwork to Music are just two of the many areas in which trainers can become qualified through the KCAI scheme, which also includes working gundog training, Good Citizen Dog Scheme training and assistance dogs training.
The Non-Competitive Activities accreditation involves instructing activities for pet dog owners, and incorporates understanding and teaching of dogs using safe methodology that is in the dogs' and owners' best interest.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: "The KCAI scheme offers trainers a qualification that recognises their specialist knowledge and experience. It provides a quality standard for the canine sector, giving dog owners assurance that their chosen dog training instructor or canine behaviourist has the necessary level of competence.
From the most popular disciplines which include companion dog training and rescue and re-homing, through to more specialist areas like working gundogs, competitive agility and heelwork to music, the scheme is tailored to meet the individual trainer's needs.''
For more information on the KCAI scheme, please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/training/kcai.