Following the overwhelming success of the 2014 Kennel Club
Accredited Instructor (KCAI) scheme's Trainer of the Year Awards,
the search is now on to find the 2015 champion.
Last year, there was a fantastic response from dog owners to
nominate a KCAI trainer who had worked with them, and who they
thought would be deserving of the award.
Carolyn Menteith, a celebrated canine behaviourist with over 20
years' experience working with animals, became the first ever KCAI
Trainer of the Year at a ceremony held at Crufts in March.
Nominations are now open to find the 2015 KCAI Trainer of the
Year. The judges are looking for trainers who have made a
positive difference to the behaviour of dogs and the lives of their
Launching the award, Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said:
"This is a fantastic initiative that recognises the outstanding
talents of KCAI scheme members who go that extra mile to make a
difference for dogs' lives and their human families. All of last
year's nominated trainers can give inspiration to their fellow dog
trainers in the commitment and dedication they continue to
demonstrate. The award gives us the opportunity to recognise and
celebrate these efforts."
Dog owners are asked to go to the KCAI Trainer of the Year web
to nominate a trainer that they believe has actively made a
difference to the life of their dog and to them. A shortlist
of KCAI trainers will be drawn up from the nominations, to go out
to a public vote to find the KCAI Trainer of the Year 2015.
The finalists will be invited to a ceremony held at the world's
greatest dog show, Crufts, which celebrates its 125th anniversary
in 2016. Here their contribution to dog training will be recognised
and the winner announced.
The winner of the KCAI award will receive prizes that include a
voucher for a dog friendly restaurant and a KCAI Trainer of The
Year certificate and trophy.
Dog owners can nominate online until 12 noon on Friday 30th
October 2015 by visiting www.thekennelclub.org.uk/training/kcai/kcai-trainer-of-the-year-awards.
Dog training instructors can find out more about joining the
KCAI scheme by visiting www.thekennelclub.org.uk/kcai.