|Finalists announced for the KCAI trainer of the year award
The KC has announced the five finalists hoping to win the KCAI Trainer of the Year title. The public vote is now open to decide the winner, who will be announced at Crufts in 2018.
Returning for the fourth year, the KCAI Trainer of the Year award recognises the outstanding talents of Kennel Club Accredited Instructors (KCAI) Scheme members who go that extra mile to make a positive difference to the lives of dogs and their owners.
Dog owners were invited to nominate a dog training instructor or canine behaviourist who they felt was most deserving of the award. Over 400 nominations were received, shared between 39 individual scheme members from across the UK.
The nominees were shortlisted to five finalists by a panel of judges consisting of representatives from the Kennel Club and City & Guilds. The judges based their decision on the following criteria: making a positive difference to the behaviour of dogs, changing the lives of dogs and/or people, helpfulness and dedication, and making a positive contribution to their wider community.
The five finalists have been announced, and voting is open for the public to decide which trainer they think should win the award.
The finalists are:
Kay Attwood, Camberley, Surrey
Barry Harris, Wirral, Merseyside
Denise Hubbard, Middlewich, Cheshire
Hilary Mears, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire
Corrine Kennedy, Perth, Perthshire