Surrey Dog Trainer Nominated For Prestigious Award

Carolyn Menteith from Woking in Surrey has been nominated for a prestigious Kennel Club Accredited Instructors (KCAI) Trainer of the Year Award in partnership with PRO PLAN at Crufts 2015. 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.

Carolyn was nominated by her dog owner clients for the KCAI Trainer of the Year Award which aims to reward inspirational trainers who have made a tremendous difference for dog owners and their dogs.

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, dog training, dog behaviour, dog care and dog welfare in national magazines and books for many years. She is an experienced broadcaster who appears regularly on radio programmes as a dog expert and also works with rescue organisations in the UK and around the world.

Carolyn said: "Dogs have always been a major part of my life. As an only child, dogs were my friends, confidantes and teachers. I decided to become a trainer to help owners and families achieve that fantastic bond with their dogs that everyone wants but is so often missing.  I am passionate about reward-based dog training and am committed to improve life for as many of the nation's dogs and owners as possible.

"My proudest moment in my career is to have developed the Puppy Plan, a 16 week plan for breeders and new owners to ensure puppies are properly socialised and habituated. It gives them all the necessary early learning to turn them into well adjusted, safe, well-behaved members of canine society. Working with puppies is my passion. If you get the first few weeks of a dog's life right, the rest becomes simple and so many potential problems can be prevented."

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: "The trainers that have made the final of the KCAI Trainer of The Year Awards competition are all truly inspirational. The KCAI scheme is a badge of quality ensuring that dog owners are getting a safe, knowledgeable and professional experience. With their specialist knowledge and skills, KCAI members make a tremendous difference for dogs and their owners and it is only fair that they get the recognition they deserve.

"We would encourage all dog owners working with KCAI members to go to the Kennel Club website and vote for their favourite, and we are very much looking forward to the winner being announced at Crufts 2015."

Four finalists have been selected for the KCAI Trainer of the Year Award for their outstanding work, and the Kennel Club, together with PRO PLAN, is encouraging the public to visit to vote for the trainer they feel is most deserving.

Votes will open on Monday 12th January until Monday 9th February, and the winner will be announced at Crufts on Saturday 7th March 2015.  Aside from the four finalists, an International Commendation will also be awarded at Crufts.

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