Liz founded High Tail Hikes in 2015. Although animals have always been her passion, Liz explored a number of paths in her work and education, working as a wildlife biologist, environmental educator, and elementary teacher. Liz possesses B.A. and M.S. degrees and a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Liz graduated from the DogBiz Dog Walking Academy, an intensive 4-day course in dog behavior, safety, and pack management. Liz also completed the Karen Pryor Academy Dog Trainer Foundations course, has attended Clicker Expo (a renowned dog training conference), and regularly participates in webinars, training seminars, and other professional development activities. Liz is committed to using positive reinforcement techniques to guide the dogs in her care. 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.