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2017 KCAI Trainer of the Year


KCAI Trainer of the Year winner announced at Crufts 2018

Barry Harris from the Wirral, Merseyside has won the KCAI Trainer of the Year award, which was announced at a ceremony at Crufts on Saturday 10th March.

Barry was nominated by his clients for the KCAI Trainer of the Year award, which recognises the outstanding talents of dog training instructors, who are members of the Kennel Club Accredited Instructors (KCAI) Scheme.

The purpose of the KCAI Scheme is to provide dog owners with a wide and accessible choice of dog training instructors and behaviourists who have proven specialist knowledge, skills and experience. The scheme offers its members the opportunity to gain a nationally-recognised vocational accreditation, based on a robust standard set by the Kennel Club. The scheme receives the valuable support of City & Guilds through its external verification process.

Barry is a dog training instructor who teaches the Kennel Club’s Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme, puppy classes, and runs behavioural lessons. He is studying for a degree in Applied Canine Behaviour and runs a doggy day care service. Barry has been training dogs for around 14 years in a professional capacity but has spent his whole life with dogs. 

Five finalists were selected for the KCAI Trainer of the Year award for their outstanding work and the winner was decided through an online public vote. Thousands of votes came in from across the UK. 

Speaking about his award, Barry said: “I’m speechless – I didn’t expect to win. I’ve been training dogs for 14 years and would like to thank my family and everyone that has put me forward for this award.”

Janine Beacher, Customised Solutions Manager for City & Guilds said: “City & Guilds were delighted to get the opportunity to work with the Kennel Club on their Accredited Instructors Scheme.

Our accreditation service allows organisations such as the Kennel Club to create a bespoke accreditation award scheme that is tailored to their own businesses’ needs whilst still having the City & Guilds stamp of quality.

We believe this scheme is extremely important in maintaining and promoting the high standards in the canine industry and allows the instructors to be recognised for the hard work they do.”

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “Many congratulations to Barry for winning this award.  The number of votes he received from the public is a real testament to how grateful so many people are for his contribution to the world of dogs. The Kennel Club is very thankful for his valuable work both as a dog training instructor and as a fundraiser for local animal organisations.

“The Kennel Club is very proud of the KCAI Trainer of the Year award and of all the dog training instructors who were nominated. With their specialist knowledge and practical experience, the scheme’s members are making a remarkable effort to improve the quality of life for dogs and their owners. It’s great to see that KCAI scheme members are getting the recognition they deserve.”

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

Find out more about our previous winners by clicking here.