Jade Zwingli passed the Certified Professional Dog Trainer exam with the CCPDT in 2011 and has over 15 years’ experience working with dogs of all breeds, sizes, and temperaments. Her diverse animal training background includes dogs, cats, rabbits, and other pets, and her expertise spans behaviour assessments, behaviour modification programs, one-on-one coaching, and group classes. Jade was one of the first certified trainers in Canada. This means that her training programs are grounded in behaviour science and humane training practices.
In addition to running her own business, Jade has always been active in the animal rescue community. A vast amount of her time has been spent working with bulldog and pitbull rescue groups. She specializes in aggression and extreme fear cases. Jade maintains close relationships with her clients even after the behaviour issues have been resolved and is happy to provide references to new clients.
Jade started volunteering with the BC SPCA Nanaimo branch in the Humane Education department when she moved to Nanaimo in 2016. She believes in the importance of teaching children about safe animal handling, compassionate care and dog bite prevention. She and her dogs Remi and Marco are passionate about helping out in this department by assisting with courses, shelter tours and in school programming.
She stays current on the latest theories and techniques of animal behaviour and training through regular seminar and conference attendance. She is passionate about professional development and has learned from Dr Ian Dunbar, Dr Sophia Yin, Nicole Wilde, Sarah Kalnajs and more. She is constantly looking to improve as a trainer and coach.
Jade trains and competes in agility, obedience, rally obedience, tracking, barn hunt and disc dog with her own dogs. In both 2015 and 2016 Jade and her dog Marco qualified for the World Championship in Up Dog Challenge. In 2016 she attended Agility Association of Canada Regional Championship with Marco. In 2017, Jade added a new puppy “Story” who started competing in Disc Dog at only 8 months of age and Rally Obedience at 13 months. Most recently, Jade welcomed another new pup to the family “Navy” has just started her basic training and will progress to many dog sports over time. Additionally, Jade has earned Canine Good Neighbour certificates with 8 of her own dogs. Jade’s dogs are diverse group coming from both breeders and rescues. She has owned a variety of breeds including a variety of Terriers, a German Shorthair Pointer, a Cattle Dog, a French Bulldog and several Australian Shepherds. She is currently a member of the Nanaimo Kennel Club and Nanaimo Disc Dog Club as well as Professional member of the Vancouver Island Animal Training Association.