2017 KCAI Trainer of the Year

The Kennel Club Accredited Instructors Scheme (KCAI Scheme) recognises and promotes dog training instructors, who have undertaken to abide by the scheme’s code of practice which has the welfare, care and needs of the dog at heart.

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

The public vote for the 2017 Trainer of the Year has now closed!

The winner will be announced at Crufts 2018 in March.

The finalists have been invited to attend a ceremony to be held at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts, on Saturday 10 March 2018. Here their contribution to dog training will be recognised and the winner of the 2017 KCAI Trainer of the Year award will be announced. As well receiving the title of KCAI Trainer of the Year, the winner will also receive a trophy, certificate and a £500 voucher for a dog-friendly holiday, courtesy of the KCAI Trainer of the Year sponsor, Hiscox, (Kennel Club Trainer Insurance provider).

If you'd like to find out more about the finalists then please click on the links below:




Name: Kay Attwood
Region: Camberley, Surrey

Find out more about Kay

Name: Barry Harris
Region: Wirral, Merseyside

Find out more about Barry


Name: Denise Hubbard
Region: Middlewich, Cheshire

Find out more about Denise

Name: Hilary Mears
Region: Wellingborough, Northamptonshire

Find out more about Hilary


Name: Corrine Kennedy
Region: Perth, Perthshire

Find out more about Corrine

Nominations for the finalists were based upon the following criteria:

Nominations Criteria

  • Positive difference: made a positive difference to the behaviour of dog(s) and the lives of their owners.
  • Changed lives: in some way changed the lives of dog(s) and/or people, who in particular, may have faced struggle such as having helped rescue dogs or people who have faced challenges.

  • Helpfulness and dedication: went out of their way to help the dog(s) and their owner(s) by going 'that extra mile' such as having given time outside of their usual instructing activities to assist clients with specific issues such as helping a dog which has problem behaviour.

  • Wider community: made a positive contribution to the lives of people and dog(s) through the instructor’s training on a wider scale such as having made a positive contribution in their wider community or for charity.


Winner announced: Crufts 2018, Saturday 10th March – timings to be confirmed


For full terms and conditions on the 2017 KCAI Trainer of the Year click here.

Previous KCAI Trainer of the Year winners 

Need some inspiration for your vote? Find out more about our previous winners by clicking here.


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