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The Kennel Club expands online academy 

The Kennel Club Academy announced it has expanded its online learning through the launch of three additional breed films, the latest in a growing series of resources to be added to the online facility.

Led by The Kennel Club’s Training Board, The Kennel Club Academy is an online learning resource for breeders, judges, The Kennel Club Accredited Instructor scheme members and “anyone with an active interest in dogs”. 

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It provides a range of learning resources, films and assessments, and shares insight and guidance from professionals and experts in their respective fields. It also covers judge education in a number of disciplines, such as agility, obedience and working trials, as well as other areas of the dog world including health, breeding and training.

All breed-specific presentations and films have been developed by experts in their breeds in collaboration with The Kennel Club. They provide users with a thorough introduction to the breeds, including their history, breed standard, a ‘nose to nail’ overview and movement in the show ring.

The most recent of the breed-specific films to be launched is the Otterhound, while the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Bloodhound films have also been added in recent months.

Breed expert Pam Marston-Pollock will give her personal observations for the Otterhound, while Diana King will do so for the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Sue Harrison will be the expert for the Bloodhound.

The resources provide pre-course learning ahead of attendance at a breed appreciation day and undertaking an assessment. It also provides Academy users with an opportunity to update their knowledge of breeds from breed experts.

Gerald King, chairman of The Kennel Club Training Board, said: “We are happy to announce the addition of another three breed films to The Kennel Club Academy, with more to follow in the coming months. These films are a valuable resource for those within the breed, judges and those working towards becoming a judge as well as dog breeders.

“The Training Board is keen to develop this area into an online library of films with multiple films for a breed, so breed clubs are invited to give serious consideration to collaborating with The Kennel Club for the creation of a film on their breed.” 

He added: “The Kennel Club’s Educational Trust continues to fund the creation of these films and thanks all those involved in the development processes, aiding in a proactive and full approach to their judges’ education and the future of the breed. 

“The Training Board’s view is that the more information which can be made available and retained about a particular breed, the better to provide a rounded education for generations to come.”

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