Marie Holt and Bev Smith, who run In Line Dog Training, were awarded Best Dog Training Company in Nottingham in the recent SME News Midlands Enterprise Awards 2020.
The awards are aimed at celebrating individuals and businesses from the Midlands, and acknowledging their “innovation, excellence and performance”.
In Line Dog Training offers dog training courses and seminars. It was forced to suspend group courses last year as a result of the pandemic, but instead “swiftly” moved to one-to-one training in the interim, following all necessary health and safety measures.
According to the Kennel Club, this was a “vital” source of tuition for dog owners in the region. In addition to these sessions, they also created a Facebook group which offers training videos, advice sheets and online assistance.
The duo started the business ten years ago, after spending many years honing their skills at a local dog training club. They were each awarded accreditation from The Kennel Club Accredited Instructor scheme in 2018 and now “focus on helping dog owners develop skills to manage real-life situations in novel, fun and engaging ways”.
The Kennel Club Accredited Instructors scheme is a UK-wide membership scheme which recognises and promotes experienced and competent dog training instructors who are committed to using dog training methods which are based on the principles of “kindness, fairness and the good welfare of dogs”.
Commenting on their win, Bev and Marie said: “We are honoured to have been awarded Best Dog Training Company – Nottingham in the SME Midlands Enterprise Awards 2020, in what has been a very difficult year for both of us.
“Dog training is not just our business but also our passion and being able to help people train their dogs is so rewarding and we love helping people create a special bond with their dogs.”
Kathryn Mansfield, The Kennel Club secretary, said: “Many congratulations to Marie and Bev for their very well-deserved win. It is a real testament to the dedication they put into their work and proves how grateful their customers are for the valuable work they do.
“It’s great to see members of the Kennel Club Accredited Instructors scheme being recognised for their knowledge, experience and hard work which really does make a difference, not only towards the welfare of dogs, but is a valuable service for their owners.”