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.

Fostering the Fearful Kitten

Fostering the Fearful Kitten

Kittens & Puppies

The photo on social media shows a box of young kittens. The text says, “Kittens abandoned. Fosters needed.” You look up the rescue group and find they are local to you. Fingers poised over the keyboard, you ask yourself, should I foster? Having fostered kittens for a number of years, I’ve faced this scenario more […]

Fear Reactions: Fight, Flight, Fret, and Freeze

Fear Reactions: Fight, Flight, Fret, and Freeze

Training

A cat, when startled by the sound of a backfiring car, dashes toward a hiding spot, running as fast as she can. A small dog, backed into a corner, snarls, showing his teeth and his willingness to protect himself. A kitten, hearing a vacuum cleaner for the first time, freezes in place. A cat or […]

Building A Relationship with Your Dog

Building A Relationship with Your Dog

Training

Television shows and movies portray every dog and owner relationship as a wonderful, empathic, instantaneous one. A dog in the shelter takes one look at a person searching for a dog, they lock eyes, look deeply into each other’s soul, and immediately have a lifelong bond. Wouldn’t that be wonderful? Just like relationships with people, […]

Finding the Right Motivator for Your Cat

Finding the Right Motivator for Your Cat

Training

Creating a Fear Free environment for your cat at the veterinary clinic, groomer’s salon, or even at home begins with finding the right motivator (or two or three). Where one cat might cooperate with many indignities if she can have some chicken baby food, another will ignore the noise of a groomer’s salon if she […]

Training Small Dogs Takes Awareness, Trust

Training Small Dogs Takes Awareness, Trust

Training

When training dogs, size does make a difference. Small dogs are dogs, just as Golden Retrievers and Great Danes are, and they respond to training just as their larger cousins do. However, just the fact that toy breed dogs, small spaniels and terriers, and other little dogs are diminutive in comparison means your training techniques […]

Calm Yourself to Calm Your Pet

Calm Yourself to Calm Your Pet

Training

There’s a saying often repeated by dog trainers to their students, “The leash transmits all of your emotions straight to your dog.” Whether you are worried, afraid, nervous, or confident, your dog will feel that. There’s much more to this, of course, because your dog or cat knows you so well they can sense and […]

Reactive Dog? How To Lessen On-Leash Aggression

Reactive Dog? How To Lessen On-Leash Aggression

Training

Walking one’s dog is extolled as a wonderful social opportunity; it’s fun to spend time with your canine best friend while talking to other dog owners. Plus, you can get some exercise, smell the flowers, and appreciate the sunset. While this is often true, the enjoyment will quickly evaporate if your dog suffers from leash […]

Dog Behavior: My Dog Pulls On The Leash

Dog Behavior: My Dog Pulls On The Leash

Training

Regularly walking a dog is one of the joys of dog ownership. You and your dog get outside, chat with neighbors, and get a bit of exercise. When your dog pulls on the leash, that enjoyment rapidly disappears. Why Do Dogs Pull On The Leash? Dogs pull on the leash because we’re slower than they […]