Darcie Jennings, Founder and Head Trainer of CommuniCanine:
Darcie originally set out to become a veterinarian, but detoured into training dogs professionally in 1999 when a co-worker told her about an opportunity to learn to become a dog trainer.
Since then, her desire to approach training from both a humane and compassionate way has led her to learn from some of the top trainers in the field and to becoming an active voice and advocate for the dogs she works with and an avid educator for their humans. Her belief that there is no such thing as a “one size fits all” approach when it comes to training dogs, or any creature for that matter, has led her to always thinking outside of the box in order to come up with solutions that are sometimes just as unique as the dogs and humans she works with every day.
Darcie has a diverse background with dogs which includes, among other things, working as a vet tech, teaching and competing in agility, grooming, working in a pet supply store and conformation handling.
What Darcie loves most about helping her clients is seeing the confidence they gain from knowing how to understand and communicate with their dogs and the more enriched lives they lead together as a result.
April Sauve, Trainer
April brings with her a diverse background in autism and special needs. She started her career as a support worker in the UK, where she also obtained additional training in Leadership and Management. April then combined her passion for caring for people and animals and relocated to Canada where she could expand her knowledge and follow her true passion. This exciting experience led her to pursuing a Dog Training Apprenticeship with Darcie in 2016 and she has been working for CommuniCanine ever since.
April brings her over 12 years experience working with individuals with challenging needs and complex communication difficulties to her work with CommuniCanine.
April has always had a love for dogs and has used her skills to become an excellent dog trainer. She loves the challenge of working with each dog and supporting them and their owners to work together in a harmonized connection, with understandable communication. April has a passion for creating a trusting and unique partnership between people and their dogs, no matter their abilities.