Submitted by Nosey Barker
A Essex-based dog training school and its employees have been shortlisted for an Animal Star Award.
Kim Kaye, director of Nosey Barker dog training school in Harlow, Essex, and her team have been shortlisted in the Best Trainer/Behaviourist of the Year category for their work supporting puppies, dogs and their families in any way they can over the past year.
The team have been busy walking key workers dogs, supporting lockdown puppies with their online puppy school and providing advice in their community training Facebook group.
During the first lockdown Nosey Barker were also awarded a Lockdown Hero Animal Star Award for giving away their new online course Wonder Walks to 5,000 dog lovers across the world.
The Animal Star Awards were founded by Mary Burgess in 2016 and give recognition for animals and humans alike for the extraordinary things they do.
A spokesperson for Nosey Barker said: “We are so excited to have been shortlisted for this award; we really have worked our socks off to help our community and deliver effective, fun training in really challenging times.”
“When the pandemic caused National Lockdown, people were struggling to train their dog or even enjoy their walks together.
“We wanted to help in a Covid safe way, so we gave our newly released course Wonder Walks away for free. Lots of people who followed Wonder Walks with us told us that it really helped them to reconnect with their dog on walks and they were able to just go out and have fun without worrying that the walk would turn into a disaster.
“Although we can’t run our normal classes, we have still been able to support families with their dog training needs.”
The team will find out if they have won at a virtual awards night on March 28.