Training Classes


Training classes are offered at both our Lansing and Okemos locations.


Meet Angie Falcsik


For almost 15 years, Angie Falcsik, CNWI, has been professionally dedicated to the training, rehabilitation, and rescue of dogs. But the roles of trainer, rescuer, and rehabilitator have been a large part of her life since she was a child. Angie’s life-long passion and the goal of her professional career is to educate people regarding responsible dog ownership and the realities involved in being a responsible dog owner. Angie has been working with animal control agencies and shelters for many years and has offered expert advice and testimony in animal abuse and neglect cases. Angie is a K9 Nose Work® Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) through the National Association of Canine Scent Work and an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator.  Through her classes, private in-home training, fear/reactive/aggression rehab/BAT training and rescue work, she has trained over 3000 dogs. In her own home alone, she has fostered and trained over 500 dogs!

Angie’s philosophy on training involves training by utilizing body language as well as voice commands and developing and establishing a positive and healthy relationship between owner and dog.  Angie feels and advocates that, although there may be some basic training for all dogs, training and rehabilitation is not across the board and not every technique works or is appropriate for every dog and family.  Each dog and family are unique and her training methods are designed to address the different family/dog situations and the various living styles of each using positive reinforcement and working outside of the dog’s fear threshold, building confidence, reducing anxiety and increasing the bond between the dog and handler.

Angie teaches a variety of classes ranging from Pawsitive Puppy!, Basic Obedience, Advanced Obedience, Control Unleashed! (for fear/aggressive reactive dogs) , Tracking and all levels of K9 Nose Work® from foundation to the top level competition.  Angie has competed in all levels of K9 Nose Work® and has obtained NW1 and NW2 titles on her dogs and is competing in the top level, NW3 with her 13 ½ year old Belgian Tervuren, Trace!
Angie also holds National K9 Nose Work® trials, ORT’s and seminars and is a Certified Official for national ORT events.

Angie’s love not only for animals, but also for training and rehab has allowed her to help and save thousands of dogs and families.

www.pawsitivek9obedience.com

Meet Sara Alguire


Sara Alguire, KPA-CTP, believes that work should be play and learning should be fun! A public school educator for thirty one years, Sara has lived this philosophy as a special education teacher, school social worker and summer camp director. She is currently the owner/trainer of Click! Pawsitive Dog Training and co-owner of On Target Diabetic Alert Dogs.

Sara began incorporating her therapy dog, Duchess, into her work with children in 2005. This experience opened her eyes to the healing power of the human-animal bond. She has since used this powerful tool in a variety of therapeutic settings. She has served as a volunteer puppy raiser and task trainer for Canines for Change.

Sara recently graduated with distinction from Karen Pryor Academy and has been named a Certified Training Partner. Sara is committed to force-free training techniques that make a difference in the lives of pets and their owners.

Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior is an innovative institution committed to educating, certifying, and promoting the next generation of animal trainers.

World-renowned trainer, author, and behavioral biologist Karen Pryor is a pioneer of force-free training technology. Pryor launched the Dog Trainer Program to ensure that pet owners and their dogs have access to top-tier training delivered by superlative teachers.

As a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, Sara has completed an intensive education process and demonstrated a high level of skill in training dogs as well as teaching dog owners. “Our graduates are not only skilled trainers, they are excellent teachers,” said Pryor. “I’m proud to be able to welcome Sara to the growing family of KPA-Certified dog trainers nationwide.”

Sara uses American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior recommended techniques that focus on reinforcing desired behaviors, removing reinforcement for inappropriate behaviors, and addressing the emotional state and environmental conditions that drive undesirable behaviors.

Sara’s goal for every lesson is to make it fun for both the canine and their humans! Services offered include private lessons, behavioral consultations, group classes and personalized leash walking and manners training.

Check out Sara’s website and blog posts on the Weekly Clicker at www.clickpawsitivedogtraining.com.