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2017 KCAI Trainer of the Year


The Kennel Club Accredited Instructors Scheme (KCAI Scheme) recognises and promotes dog training instructors, who are committed to and abide by, industry standards and codes of practice which have 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.


2017 KCAI Trainer of the Year has launched!

We’re looking for dog training instructors who make a positive difference to the behaviour of dogs that they work with and the lives of their owners.  Has your instructor gone that extra mile to help you and your dog?  Have they helped make a positive difference to the behaviour of your dog and, in turn, your life?  Perhaps your instructor is involved in voluntary work such as dog rescue and rehoming activities or is a volunteer in their local community? If so, we want to know about them! 

Please note - to qualify, the dog training instructor that you nominate must be:

Nominations Criteria

Before you nominate your training instructor, please consider the following criteria, which the judges will use to shortlist up to five finalists.


If you are a KCAI Scheme member and would like to encourage your clients to nominate you, you can download a poster, website button or social media badge for your website and use the ‘#2017KCAITOTY’ hashtag to promote the award.


Winner announced: Crufts 2018

Finalists will be invited to attend a ceremony at Crufts 2018 on one of the days between 8 – 11 March to celebrate reaching the final, and to announce the winner. As well as receiving a trophy, certificate and a £500 voucher courtesy of our sponsor Hiscox UK (Kennel Club Trainer Insurance provider), most importantly, the winner will receive the KCAI Trainer of the Year title, recognising all their hard work in making a difference for dogs and their owners!


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

The KCAI Trainer of the Year award, sponsored by Hiscox UK (Kennel Club Trainer Insurance provider), recognises the outstanding talents of dog training instructors, who are members of the KCAI Scheme.

Previous KCAI Trainer of the Year winners

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