Jade Zwingli is an Accredited Dog Trainer through the IAABC and has over 20 years’ experience working with dogs of all breeds, sizes, and temperaments. She is a certified judge for rally obedience (Canadian Association of Rally Obedience) and with Up Dog Challenge in both regular games and freestyle disc dog. Her diverse animal training background includes dogs, horses, 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 (CCPDT). This means that her training programs are grounded in behaviour science and humane training practices. She is a supporting member of the IAABC and is working towards her Certified Dog Behaviour Consultant designation with the association.

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 volunteered with the BC SPCA Nanaimo branch in the Humane Education department when she moved to Nanaimo in 2016 for several years. She believes in the importance of teaching children about safe animal handling, compassionate care and dog bite prevention. She and her dogs Marco and Remi helped 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, Michael Shikashio, Dr Chris Pachal, Denise Fenzi and more. Jade attended the 3 Day Aggression in Dogs conference in October of 2021. She is constantly looking to improve as a trainer and coach. 

Jade trains and competes in disc dog, agility, obedience, rally obedience, tracking, and barn hunt. Additionally, she has earned Canine Good Neighbour certificates with 8 of her own dogs. Jade’s dogs are a diverse group coming from both breeders and rescues. She has owned a variety of breeds including an Irish Terrier, several Miniature Schnauzers, a German Shorthair Pointer, a Cattle Dog, a French Bulldog, a Chihuahua and 5 Australian Shepherds. She is currently a member of the Nanaimo Kennel Club and a founding member of the Nanaimo Disc Dog Club. She also holds membership with the Canadian Kennel Club and Australian Shepherd Club of America.

Recently Jade has begun breeding Australian Shepherds and has spent over 10 years researching early puppy development. She is very excited to implement Early Neurological Stimulation and the Puppy Culture program with her litters as she knows what an impact this has on puppies throughout their lives.