Boost Your Dog Training Knowledge At KCAI Seminars

The Kennel Club Accredited Instructors (KCAI) scheme is holding a series of educational events across the UK in partnership with Purina PRO PLAN, each featuring seminars from KCAI Preferred Educational Providers. The events will provide advice, education and resources to anyone involved in working with dogs or looking for a career in dogs.

With seminars from industry specialists, including Esther Rawlinson from Purina PRO PLAN and Jane Ardern from COAPE, the regional events are designed for KCAI members and non-members alike.

Each event features three seminars and there will also be the opportunity for non-members to learn more about the KCAI scheme and what it can do to support and enhance their business. Tickets for members are available for a discounted price of just £20, with places for non-members costing £40.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "The KCAI scheme gives instructors involved in dog training and advising on canine behaviour the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised, credible and externally verified qualification. Our partnership with Purina PRO PLAN further establishes our commitment to raising canine professional standards by delivering the best in education.

"From those who have worked in the dog training industry for many years to beginners looking to find out more, the regional events have something for everyone. The seminars cover a range of topics including canine nutrition and advice and tips on how to increase your influence as a trainer or behaviourist."

Judith Nicholson, Nestle Purina PetCare UK Recommendation Team Manager, said:  "Purina PRO PLAN is delighted to be working in partnership with the KCAI to deliver high quality education for canine professionals."

The list of upcoming events is as follows:

12 October, Newcastle - Premier Inn Newcastle City Centre, New Bridge Street West, Newcastle, NE1 8BS

  • Seminar One: Taking Puppy Classes (Angela White, KCAI Fellow, CDA, ObA, BehA, IABTC-Founder)
  • Seminar Two: Canine Nutrition (Esther Rawlinson BVMS MRCVS, Purina PRO PLAN)
  • Seminar Three: Training Assistance Dogs (Val Strong MSc, COAPE Partner)

2 November, Runcorn -  Brookvale Community Centre, Northwich Road, Runcorn, Cheshire, WA7 6PE

  • Seminar One: Working inside the dog's mind: Behaviour and training in action in a large dog training centre (Jane Ardern BSc Hons, DipCAPBT, APDT, COAPE Tutor)
  • Seminar Two: Canine Nutrition (Esther Rawlinson BVMS MRCVS, Purina PRO PLAN)
  • Seminar Three: The confident dog instructor: How to increase your confidence and credibility (Kim Lyddon MBA, Director - Dog Business Academy)

To attend either of the events, download an application form from the Kennel Club website at To find out more about the KCAI scheme, please contact Clare Hitchcox at the Kennel Club on 0844 463 3980 ext 321 or email

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