By Kim Lyddon, Founder of www.TheDogBusinessAcademy.com
I’m back home now reflecting on what a great day I had at Runcorn at the KCAI event. I’m sitting in front of my computer in my office with my cup of coffee ready as I reflect on the day. My two dogs, Tyler 5 year old handsome red tri Border Collie and Little Archie a cute but very giddy Pyrenean Sheepdog, are lying quietly beside me.
I remember being delighted when I received the invite from Laura at the Kennel Club to speak at the KCAI event; particularly on a subject I am passionate about which is helping people become more confident to increase their credibility and influence as a Dog Instructor.
Today I’ll be writing about the recent KCAI Regional Event that was held in Runcorn, Cheshire on the 2nd of November.
As a KCAI member I took the opportunity to go to Runcorn. I wasn’t sure what it was going to be like initially so I grabbed my KCAI folder, a camera, notepad and pen and off I went!
The event consisted of 3 seminars throughout the day. Here, I write what the seminars consisted of and my thoughts on them. *Spoilers* They were all brilliant!
Seminar 1 – Working Inside the Dogs’ Minds: Behaviour and Training in Action at a Large Dog Training Centre – Jane Ardern BSc (Hons), DipCAPBT, APDT,COAPE Tutor
I thought this was fascinating, since I’ve previously run a boarding kennels I could certainly empathise with her in many areas.
Jane took voluntary redundancy with British Gas to venture into her own dog business. She ended up opening her own dog training centre in Manchester and explains the ups and downs of the process. Giving us tips and advice, she often reflected back to suggest what she could of done differently.
As many of you may know, I’ve been blogging for a while now and the reason I wanted to kick off this section was to give my readers and those who might be interested in joining a KCAI Scheme a taste of what it’s all about.
The great thing about the KCAI is the wide range of options available, so anyone from professional Dog Wardens and business owners to casual dog lovers who would like to develop a skill can take it. When I initially looked at it I wont lie, it looked very intimidating! However, the more I got through the initial stages, the simpler it became. I hope this blog series will shed some light on the matter for those going through the same thing!