About Liz Palika

Liz Palika is a Certified Dog Trainer, Certified Animal Behavior Consultant, and an award-winning writer. She shares her home with two English Shepherds, Bones and Hero, and three cats, Kirk, Spock, and Scottie.

Team Effort Makes Training Fun, Successful

Team Effort Makes Training Fun, Successful

Training

Not long ago, a woman contacted me about her dog. He was an accomplished trash can raider and recently had surgery to remove several foreign objects from his intestinal tract. “I guess it’s time for him to be trained,” she said. This idea that training is something that happens to the dog is not unusual. […]

Is Your Dog Afraid? Support Him, Don’t Ignore Him

Is Your Dog Afraid? Support Him, Don’t Ignore Him

Training

A good friend of mine is afraid of spiders. She’s not so afraid that she’s going to burn her house down if one is inside, but as she says, perhaps she’ll just scorch the house a bit. Her fear is not incapacitating, but it is overwhelming enough that she must do something about the spider […]

Shadow Effect: Is It Closeness Or Anxiety?

Shadow Effect: Is It Closeness Or Anxiety?

Training

I share my home with two English Shepherds, Bones and Hero, who, as herding dogs, follow me everywhere. If I’m in the shower, both dogs are within eyesight of the door. After all, I might need help. Some people consider this constant companionship annoying, but I’m used to it and even enjoy it. Herding dogs […]

Team Effort Makes Training Fun, Successful

Team Effort Makes Training Fun, Successful

Training

Not long ago, a woman contacted me about her dog. He was an accomplished trash can raider and recently had surgery to remove several foreign objects from his intestinal tract. “I guess it’s time for him to be trained,” she said. This idea that training is something that happens to the dog is not unusual. […]

Nail Anatomy 101: Keep Trims Safe, Not Scary

Nail Anatomy 101: Keep Trims Safe, Not Scary

Grooming

      A good grounding in nail anatomy is one of the secrets to a nail trim that doesn’t cause your dog to run away in fear and you to stress out over giving it. Understanding exactly how and where to trim helps to ensure that you don’t “quick” your dog, a painful experience […]

That New Car Smell!

That New Car Smell!

Training

You’ve brought home your new car, loaded it with the things you normally carry, and you’re ready to go for a drive with your dog riding shotgun (safely secured, of course). But when you invite him to jump in, he puts on the brakes. Your faithful canine companion knew your old car. This car is […]