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.

KCAI Trainer of the Year winner announced at Crufts 2019

Kay Attwood from Surrey has won the KCAI Trainer of the Year award, which was announced at a ceremony at Crufts on Saturday 9th March.

Kay was nominated by her 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.

Kay is a dog training instructor who runs dog training classes and behaviour consultations. She is involved in volunteer work as a rescue back up, judges charity fun dog shows and visits nursing homes where she hosts petting sessions and trick shows for residents. She also runs a local schools education programme, where she conducts talks to educate children on how to behave around 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 her award, Kay said she was: “absolutely over the moon” and that receiving the winning vote from the public “means everything”.