Carolyn Menteith from Woking in Surrey has received the prestigious Kennel Club Accredited Instructors (KCAI) Award at a special prize giving ceremony at Crufts on Saturday 7th March 2015.
Carolyn is a qualified behaviourist with over 20 years’ experience working with animals. She is also a British Horse Society qualified instructor. Aside from dog training, Carolyn has written prolifically about dogs and their training, behaviour, care and welfare in national magazines and books for many years. She is an experienced broadcaster who appears regularly on radio programmes as a dog trainer expert and also works with dog rescue organisations in the UK and around the world.
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. The competition, held in partnership with PRO PLAN, is based solely on public vote and aims to reward inspirational trainers who have made a tremendous difference for dog owners and their dogs.
With over 100 dog trainers nominated on the Kennel Club website, competition was fierce. Thousands of nominations flooded in from dog owners giving their paw of approval for the trainers that go above and beyond for their customers and their much-loved pets. Carolyn came first with 565 votes.
Speaking about her award, Carolyn said: “I’ve been fortunate enough to win the first KCAI Award but I represent thousands of trainers around the country that are helping improve the relationship dog owners have with their dogs. I’m absolutely thrilled that this is being recognised today.”
Speaking about this year’s awards, Kennel Club Secretary, Caroline Kisko said: “Carolyn is a great example of someone who goes above and beyond for dogs, and we are delighted that her passion and dedication to making a difference for our four-legged friends has been recognised by her winning the first KCAI Award – she well and truly deserves it.
“Carolyn won through a public vote, showing how grateful many people are for her tremendous contribution to the world of dogs. The Kennel Club congratulates Carolyn and we are very thankful for all she does for dogs through her work.
“The inaugural KCAI Awards have been a huge success, and each and every one of the trainers who made it to the final has helped to change and improve the quality of life of dogs and their owners. With their specialist knowledge and skills, KCAI members make a tremendous difference for dogs and their owners and we are glad that they get the recognition they deserve. “
Judith Nicholson, Head of Vet and Recommendation at PROPLAN said: “PRO PLAN would like to congratulate Carolyn on winning the KCAI Award in 2015. Carolyn works tirelessly to improve the lives of dogs, and we are pleased that this has been recognised by her winning this award.”
Four finalists were selected for the KCAI Award for their outstanding work and the winner was decided by the public through an online voting system.
Shirin Merchant from India was also nominated for an International Commendation to recognise her work as a pioneer in dog training and canine behaviour overseas. Speaking about her award, she said: “I’m speechless. When you work with dogs, you don’t necessarily think about awards. Seeing the smile on the dog owner’s face and the dog wagging its tail is rewarding enough. This is a huge honour and I feel on top of the world.”
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/.