Previous KCAI Trainer of the Year Winners

Barry Harris – 2017 KCAI Trainer of the Year


Barry is a dog training instructor from the Wirral in Merseyside who teaches Good Citizen Dog Scheme, puppy classes, and runs behavioural lessons.

What Barry enjoys most about being a dog training instructor is loving what he does and getting paid to do it. “I get to spend my days in the company of dogs and puppies, all day every day. Every day is a little bit different and I get an enormous sense of achievement being able to help people and their dogs become happier together. Most of all I love to help dogs that may be on their last chance, it might be a rescue dog or a dog nobody has been able to help so far and this gets me emotionally.

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.

Martha Brindley – 2016 KCAI Trainer of the Year

Martha began her dog training journey at the age of fourteen when she was handed the lead and instructed to take the family dog to a local training class. This was the beginning of her love affair and passion for dogs and their welfare. As well as being a dog training instructor, Martha’s other passion is volunteering for the Blue Cross charity. She visits schools with her Whippet, Gilly, and teaches children a safe approach to dogs and how to respect their pets.

Martha was nominated by her clients for the KCAI Trainer of the Year award, which recognises inspirational dog training instructors who have made a positive difference to the lives of dog owners and their dogs.

Speaking about her award, Martha said: It is just incredible, I love what I do and will always continue in my volunteering. Winning KCAI Trainer of the Year is just a dream - better than winning an Oscar!’


Jane Ardern – 2015 KCAI Trainer of the Year

Jane began her dog training journey in the early nineties after rescuing a St Bernard/Rottweiler cross, and in 2004 decided to start training classes of her own. Six years later she opened her own training college called Wagga Wuffins Canine College in Bury, Manchester. Jane has been a member of the KCAI Scheme for four years and is working towards her accreditation with the scheme.

In addition to being a KCAI Scheme member, Jane is a Dog AID trainer and has trained a German Shorthaired Pointer to reach full assistance dog status, as well as training dogs for TV, advertising and film.

On winning the 2015 KCAI Trainer of the Year award, Jane said: “It is an honour to win”


Carolyn Menteith – 2014 KCAI Trainer of the Year

Carolyn has been a Kennel Club Accredited Instructor at the advanced level in Companion Dog training, for 5 years and has over 20 years’ experience working with animals.  Aside from dog training, Carolyn has been writing 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.

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