• Who we work with

Who we work with


Battersea Dogs and Cats Homes 

The Kennel Club and Battersea have developed the UK's first externally recognised national standard for dog rescue re-homing organisations.  This is a way of raising the level of expertise and recognising the hard work and dedication of people who work in the sector of animal care.

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

The KCAI Scheme recognises the expertise of those working and volunteering forHearing Dogs for Deaf Peopleand the services they provide in training hearing dogs.

Representatives fromHearing Dogshave delivered informative lectures in the KCAI Career Zone at Crufts, and several volunteers and trainers from Hearing Dogs are working towards KCAI Accreditation in Assistance Dogs. 

For more information visit the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People website.

Dogs for the Disabled

The KCAI Scheme recognises the expertise of those working and volunteering for Dogs for the Disabled and the services they provide in training these dogs.

Several volunteers and trainers from Dogs for the Disabled are working towards their Kennel Club Accreditation enhancing the training and support provided by the charity, with the first Instructor accredited in Assistance Dogs in 2013.

For more information go to www.dogsforthedisabled.org

National Dog Warden Association (NDWA) 

Contact: Neil Burton. Chairman National Dog Warden Association

The decision by the Kennel Club to include a specialist qualification within the Kennel Club Accredited Instructor Scheme (KCAI) that recognises both the skills and contribution of Dog Wardens in promoting responsible dog ownership is most welcome in the Dog Warden world.

Amazing as it may seem, the KCAI specialist qualification is currently the only recognised skills and knowledge based qualification available to those working as Dog Wardens in the United Kingdom.  The Kennel Club and NDWA collaborated on the structure and content of the qualification to ensure that it recognised the unique role of Dog Wardens and included all the varied areas that make up the role of a Dog Warden,

It was accepted that whilst the statutory role of a Dog Warden primarily deals with stray dogs there are some who cover licensing of kennels and catteries, promote responsible dog ownership through educational means, deal with other dog related nuisance and even deal with dangerous dog issues.

The qualification recognises that the role may vary but it allows the student to work towards achieving KCAI status using their actual skills and knowledge.  I myself am working towards achieving the KCAI award and as you collect and collate evidence of your knowledge at your own pace, it is an ideal course that allows you to complete it as fast or as slow as you want.

The KCAI Scheme has mentors ready to assist students and there are also regional mentoring sessions available where students can attend lectures on subjects that they may need to attend if they need help with attaining a particular module score.

For Local Authority Dog Wardens, the scheme offers an accredited and recognised vocational qualification that is affordable. Some Environmental Health Managers allow certain members of the Environmental Health Team to have their professional fees paid for by the Local Authority, perhaps consideration should be given to paying for their Dog Wardens to have their skills and knowledge recognised with the United Kingdom's only recognised Dog Warden qualification.

For more information visit the NDWA website.

Official KCAI supporters:

Mary Ray - "I fully support the KCAI vision in setting standards in all disciplines, and hope that all Instructors unite under the gold badge".

Carolyn Menteith DipCABT KCAI (CDA) - "Go for the Gold Badge - The KCAI Scheme is truly setting standards for dog training in the UK!"

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