Carolyn Menteith from Woking in Surrey has received the
prestigious Kennel Club Accredited Instructors (KCAI) Award at a
special prize giving ceremony at Crufts on Saturday 7thMarch
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 and their training, behaviour, care
and welfare in national magazines and books for many years. She is
an experienced broadcaster who appears regularly on radio
programmes as a dog trainer expert and also works with dog rescue
organisations in the UK and around the world.
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. The competition, held in partnership with PRO PLAN, is based
solely on public vote and aims to reward inspirational trainers who
have made a tremendous difference for dog owners and their
With over 100 dog trainers nominated on the Kennel Club website,
competition was fierce. Thousands of nominations flooded in from
dog owners giving their paw of approval for the trainers that go
above and beyond for their customers and their much-loved pets.
Carolyn came first with 565 votes.
Speaking about her award, Carolyn said: "I've been fortunate
enough to win the first KCAI Award but I represent thousands of
trainers around the country that are helping improve the
relationship dog owners have with their dogs. I'm absolutely
thrilled that this is being recognised today."
Speaking about this year's awards, Kennel Club Secretary,
Caroline Kisko said: "Carolyn is a great example of someone who
goes above and beyond for dogs, and we are delighted that her
passion and dedication to making a difference for our four-legged
friends has been recognised by her winning the first KCAI Award -
she well and truly deserves it.
"Carolyn won through a public vote, showing how grateful many
people are for her tremendous contribution to the world of
dogs. The Kennel Club congratulates Carolyn and we are very
thankful for all she does for dogs through her work.
"The inaugural KCAI Awards have been a huge success, and each
and every one of the trainers who made it to the final has helped
to change and improve the quality of life of dogs and their owners.
With their specialist knowledge and skills, KCAI members make a
tremendous difference for dogs and their owners and we are glad
that they get the recognition they deserve. "
Judith Nicholson, Head of Vet and Recommendation at PROPLAN
said: "PRO PLAN would like to congratulate Carolyn on winning the
KCAI Award in 2015. Carolyn works tirelessly to improve the lives
of dogs, and we are pleased that this has been recognised by her
winning this award."
Four finalists were selected for the KCAI Award for their
outstanding work and the winner was decided by the public through
an online voting system.
Shirin Merchant from India was also nominated for an
International Commendation to recognise her work as a pioneer in
dog training and canine behaviour overseas. Speaking about
her award, she said: "I'm speechless. When you work with dogs, you
don't necessarily think about awards. Seeing the smile on the dog
owner's face and the dog wagging its tail is rewarding enough. This
is a huge honour and I feel on top of the world."
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/.