Liz founded High Tail Hikes in 2015 after working as a wildlife biologist, environmental educator, and teacher, finally realizing that working with animals is her true passion. Liz graduated from the DogTec Dog Walking Academy, an intensive 4-day course in dog behavior, safety, and pack management. Liz completed the Karen Pryor Dog Trainer Foundations course, attended Clicker Expo (a renowned dog training conference), completed Trish King's Trail Manners class, and regularly participates in seminars and other online learning opportunities. Liz is committed to using positive reinforcement techniques to guide the dogs in her care. Liz previously worked as a dog hiker/doggy day care supervisor for QuickPaws in Missoula, Montana, where she took groups of up to 10 dogs on three hour adventure hikes. When she is not out hiking with dogs, she enjoys backpacking, traveling, and taking photos. Liz also volunteers with the California Center for Natural History and the River Otter Ecology Project.
Liz is certified in Pet First Aid and CPR and is licensed, insured, and permitted to hike dogs commercially in the East Bay Regional Park District.