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Toledo's only "Positive First" dog trainer that specializes in cooperative care dog training

Over the past few years, a wonderful shift has happened and a new breed of trainer has evolved. “Positive First” was coined by Australian trainer Glenn Cooke, of the Canine Evolution Premier Dog Boarding And Training Facilities in Queensland, Sydney. "Positive First" describes trainers who start with and use positive reinforcement (food or play) as the preferred method so long as it remains effective, then adding negative reinforcement (such as leash or e-collar pressure) to create clarity, with correction (punishment) used only when necessary for ignoring known commands. As an industry, “Positive First” trainers have expanded our knowledge base and are making great strides in helping many dogs and people that ‘purely positive’ or ‘balanced' training has failed.

What Is "Positive First" Dog Training?
brown and black german shepherd on brown grass field during daytime
brown and black german shepherd on brown grass field during daytime

Harley Carsten, the directing manager and lead trainer at Tranquil Tails, brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to Anyana Kai. With over a decade in the animal community, she has earned numerous certifications, and worked with some of the world's leading experts:

  • Certified Canine Nutrition (Meg Smart, Dana Scott)

  • Dogs & Kids Safety Course (Instinct Dog Behavior School)

  • Leash Reactive Dog Training Course (Instinct Dog Behavior School)

  • Dog Enrichment Course (Instinct Dog Behavior School)

  • Patient & Polite Dog Course (Instinct Dog Behavior School)

  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer Course (Alison, Maeve Richardson)

  • Natural Remedies For Dog Illnesses (Alison, Maeve Richardson)

  • Dog Health: Dog Breeds and Anatomy (Alison, Maeve Richardson)

  • Certified Cooperative Care Trainer (Fenzi)

  • Certified Animal Aromatherapy Specialist (Vital Animals, Will Falconer DVM)

  • Certified Animal Bach Flower Specialist (Vital Animals, Will Falconer DVM)

Harley has trained dogs of all ages, from 8-week-old puppies to grand champion trick dogs, life-saving service dogs, and master hunters. She is also one of the few trainers in the state who is cooperative care certified, ensuring your dog receives the best possible training and care.

Harley has studied under some of the world's leading canine behaviorists and has worked in various kennels, gaining extensive experience with a wide array of canines. Currently, she is pursuing her doctorate to further enhance her ability to help clients achieve their dreams for their dogs.

Meet Our Lead Trainer: Harley Carsten
Offerings For Tranquil Tails Dog Training Services:
  • Evaluation- $30/ evaluation

  • Basic Obedience- $50/ session -or- $450 for a 10-session package

  • Advanced Obedience- $60/ session -or- $540 for a 10-session package

  • Service Dog Training- $60/ session -or- $540 for a 10-session package

  • Trick Dog Training- $60/ session -or- $540 for a 10-session package

  • Therapy Dog Training- $60/ session -or- $540 for a 10-session package

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a dog is running around in the grass
Tranquil Tails Testimonials
Pack Walk Success

After a rewarding pack walk, we celebrate the achievements of our trained dogs. From left: Merida, Otis, and Vinnie. Each dog has excelled through our programs in obedience and specialized training.

Comet and Merida - two dogs are sitting on the floor in front of a door
Comet and Merida - two dogs are sitting on the floor in front of a door
Life-Saving Service Dogs

Here are two of our life-saving service dogs. Comet, the black dog, has retired, while Merida, the blonde dog, continues to serve as an active working dog and our demo dog.

Training in Progress

Demo dog Merida works alongside Baymax, a service dog in training, showcasing our commitment to excellence.

From Puppy to Protector

Meet Collette, now known as Vinnie, a Cane Corso puppy who received foundational training at Tranquil Tails. Vinnie has grown into an amazing personal protection dog.

a dog wearing a harness and a harness on a leash
a dog wearing a harness and a harness on a leash
a woman sitting on a bench with two dogs
a woman sitting on a bench with two dogs
Final Training Walk

Lead trainer Harley takes Baymax, alongside demo dog Merida, for a final training walk. Baymax excelled in socialization, basic and advanced obedience, and service dog training.

Canine Parkour in Action

Watch our demo dog, Merida, showcase her skills with canine parkour. She's a shining example of what positive training can achieve.