BARRY HARRIS, a dog trainer from Wirral, has been announced as one of the five finalists for the KCAI Trainer of the Year award, and invited to attend a ceremony at Crufts, on Saturday, March 10, where the winner will be announced.
Barry was nominated by his clients for the award, which recognises the outstanding talents of Kennel Club Accredited Instructors (KCAI) Scheme members, who have made a positive difference to the lives of dogs and their owners.
Barry is a dog training instructor who teaches the Kennel Club's Good Citizen Dog Scheme, puppy classes, and runs behavioural lessons.
He is studying for a degree in Applied Canine Behaviour and runs a doggy day care service. Barry has been training dogs for around 14 years in a professional capacity but has spent his whole life with dogs.
Barry said: "I get to spend my days in the company of dogs and puppies, all day every day.
"Each day is a little bit different and I get an enormous sense of achievement being able to help people and their dogs become happier together.
"Most of all, I love to help dogs that may be on their last chance.
"It might be a rescue dog or a dog that nobody has been able to help so far and this gets me emotionally."
The finalists have been invited to attend a ceremony to be held at the world's greatest dog show, Crufts, on Saturday, March 10.
Here, their contribution to dog training will be recognised and the winner of the KCAI Trainer of the Year award will be announced.