I am Coral Atnikov and I have been training dogs in Regina for 12 years.
When my children where young, we decided to add a dog to our family. Both my husband and myself grew up with dogs and we knew we wanted our children to experience the joy of the family dog, so we started on the quest for our family pet. Armed with nothing more then good intentions and our own childhood memories, we blindly jumped into the role of puppy owners. As with a lot of people in our situation we made some misguided and uneducated decisions, and ended up with a really cute puppy that was not a good match for us. We started down a road that we were ill prepared for, and after some really scary moments with our then 8 month old dominant, aggressive dog, we eventually came to the sad and painful decision that this beautiful dog was damaged and could not be trusted. So my first adult experience as a dog owner came to a sad end.
I regret a lot of the decisions we made with this dog, and through that wonderful process called”hindsight” I can now see all the things that we did wrong. There are some dogs out there that you can do everything wrong and they are still great dogs, and trusted family members, but through the experience of owning my first dog, I learned how important every decision can be. From choosing the right breed of dog based on your needs and family circumstances, and picking a committed, conscientious breeder to deciding what training method and instructor you want to use.
Through the experience of raising this dog and trying to “fix” the problems we were having with him, I become keenly interested in dog training and when we chose our second family dog, a sweet timid humane society rescue named Tess, I started on my path as a positive reinforcement trainer.
I was introduced to Clicker Training and I haven’t looked back since. I apprenticed with a local Regina dog trainer, and eventually branched off on my own. My training is focused on helping people get the “dog of their dreams” by showing them how to get the behavior that they want from their dogs, using fun, effective training methods that don’t include corrections or coercion.