Dog training is nothing new to Angie Falcsik. A life-long dog lover, the owner of Pawsitive K-9 Obedience
in Charlotte has been training dogs professionally for ten years. The advent of the hot, new canine sport of K9 Nose Work®, however, has Falcsik’s business booming like never before.
“It’s a fantastic sport,” Falcsik says. “Some dogs are too shy, fearful or too high energy for other kinds of training or classes. One of the nice things about Nose Work is that it is for any breed of dog, dogs of any age and with any personality.”
Falcsik is currently the only Certified K9 Nose Work® Instructor in Michigan, which has resulted in the tripling of her business in two years. She now holds classes in Lansing, Battle Creek and a number of off-site locations throughout the Greater Lansing area. The demand for her service will soon result in Falcsik adding classes to two more cities.
“There are multiple benefits,” she says, explaining the popularity of the sport. “It builds a new relationship with dog and handler and it allows a dog to just be a dog. It also builds confidence, and it burns mental and physical energy.”
One of Falcsik’s next goals is to introduce K9 Nose Work® to more shelters and rescues to introduce the benefits of the training to adoptable pets in need of homes.