• KCAI Trainer of the Year Awards

KCAI Trainer of the Year 2016

Trainer of the Year 2015 winner Jane Ardern (second from left) © The Kennel Club

The Kennel Club Accreditation Scheme for Instructors in Dog Training and Canine Behaviour (KCAI Scheme) recognises and promotes competent and qualified dog training instructors and canine behaviourists, working across a wide range of canine disciplines, for the benefit of the dog-owning public.

This KCAI Scheme award recognises the outstanding talents of dog training instructors, who are members of the KCAI Scheme.

We’re looking for dog training instructors who are making a positive difference to the behaviour of dogs and the lives of their owners.

Has your instructor gone that extra mile to help you and your dog? Have they helped make a positive difference to the behaviour of your dog and, in turn, your life? Perhaps your instructor is involved in dog rescue and rehoming activities or is a volunteer in their local community? Then, we want to hear about them!

Please note: to qualify, your dog training instructor must be a current member of the KCAI Scheme, and either accredited or working towards their accreditation.

Nominations Criteria

  • Positive difference: made a positive difference to the behaviour of dog(s) and the life/lives of their owner(s)
  • Changed lives: in some way changed the lives of dogs and/or people, who in particular, may have faced struggle e.g. rescue dogs or people who have had challenges to face
  • Helpfulness and dedication: went out of their way to help the dog(s) and their owner(s) by going 'the extra mile'
  • Wider community: made a positive contribution to the lives of people and dogs through their training on a wider scale e.g. made a positive contribution in their wider community or for charity.

Nominations close: Wednesday 7 December 2016 at 12pm

To nominate your dog training instructor, just follow the links below.

Downloadable promotional tools:

Download a poster for your club or a button for your website to encourage your clients to nominate you!

Timeline for KCAI Trainer of the Year 2016:

  • Nominations open: Wednesday 26 October 2016
  • Nominations close: Wednesday 7 December 2016
  • Shortlisting by judging panel to select five finalists: by 15 December 2016
  • Five finalists announced and public vote opens: 20 December 2016
  • Public Vote closes: Monday 30 January 2017
  • Winner of Trainer of the Year 2016 award announced at Crufts 2017 (9 -12 March) – date to be confirmed

For full terms and conditions on the KCAI Trainer of the Year 2016, click here.

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