Wiltshire Dog Trainer Nominated For Prestigious Award

59 year-old Allyson Tohme from Calne, Wiltshire has been nominated for the 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.

Allyson 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.

Allyson has been a dog trainer in her spare time for around 20 years and spends a great deal of time travelling all over the UK with her role as a Health & Safety Manager for a global logistics company.

Aside from training dogs, she is an accredited Temperament Assessor for the charity, Pets as Therapy.  She feels privileged to play a small part in the charity's work by ensuring that prospective dogs are outwardly healthy, friendly and entirely suitable to work in hospitals and similar establishments.

As a long time breed enthusiast, she also assesses both dogs and potential homes for the Weimaraner Club of Great Britain and the Independent Weimaraner Rescue and Rehoming Service. Allyson is the proud owner of two dogs, Arrow, a 10 year-old German Shepherd Dog, and Buffy, a 6 month-old Belgian Shepherd Dog.

Allyson said: "Being involved in developing a confident, trusting relationship between owners and their dogs is the most rewarding part of dog training for me. Becoming a finalist for the inaugural KCAI Trainer of The Year Award is my proudest moment in dog training to date!"

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 www.thekennelclub.org.uk/kcaiawards 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.

If you are a dog trainer and would like to join the KCAI scheme, please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/kcai.

For more information on the KCAI scheme, please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/training/.

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