Mary reaches KCAI dog trainer finals

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The finalists for the Kennel Club Accredited Instructor Scheme (KCAI) have been announced – with only one Scot making the cut.

Mary Brindley, who runs her training classes in Neilston, East Renfrewshire was nominated due to her volunteer work for Blue Cross charity.

She also visits schools, with her dog, teaching children safety around canines.

The Kennel Club Accredited Instructor trainer of the year award, recognises not just dog training but the benefits to the wider community and making a positive difference to the lives of dogs and their owners.

Mary said: “I have always had a love of dogs, as long as I can remember. My involvement in dog training goes back over 40 years to when my grandmother owned a Boxer dog.

“I run dog training classes in Neilston as a Kennel Club Accredited Instructor. I teach Good Citizen exercises, some agility and trick training.

“Other than dog training, I volunteer for Blue Cross charity in promoting their education programme in schools.

“I visit local schools and youth groups such as Guides and Cubs, with Ghillie, my Whippet delivering presentations on safety around dogs, this year I have delivered presentations to over 7000 children in the west of Scotland.

“By teaching the children about the body language of dogs, perhaps preventing them getting into a situation where they may be harmed, the aim is to try and reduce the risk of family pets attacking children.

“I am the first Scottish trainer to be nominated for this award and the only Scottish finalist, and I’m proud to have reached this stage in the finals and very thankful for all my nominations.”

To vote for Mary, visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/training/kcai/kcai-trainer-of-the-year-awards.