Liz Palika, pet expert, author, dog trainer

Liz Palika, author of over 50 pet books

Liz's bookshelf blogLiz Palika has been writing professionally since 1985 when she was first published in DOG FANCY magazine. Since then she has written more than fifty books and more than 1,000 magazine articles and columns. She has been published in Dog Fancy, Dog World, Cats, Cat Fancy, AKC Gazette, and other pet publications, as well as Newsweek, The Saturday Evening Post, and Women First.

Liz's puppy book, Puppy Love, was released in April 2009 and garnered rave reviews and awards from the Dog Writers Association of America. Her first children's book, ASPCA Animals At Work was released in March 2009 and teachers in several schools are using it.The Ultimate Dog Treat Cookbook received positive reviews in magazines and newspapers all over the country, including USA TODAY. All Dogs Need Some Training was listed by PET LIFE MAGAZINE as one of the ten best training books available to dog owners.

Liz’s books have been awarded many honors. Australian Shepherd: Champion of Versatility won Best Breed Book from Dog Writers Association of America and Best Nonfiction Book from San Diego Book Writers. SAVE THAT DOG! won best General Reference Book from Dog Writers and the First ASPCA Pet Overpopulation Answers Award from the ASPCA. Liz’s work has also won awards from Cat Writers and Purina, as well as others from Dog Writers. Liz was honored with the San Diego Leadership Award, was a North County Woman of Merit, and in 2005 was awarded Dog Writers Association Distinguished Service Award.

Dog Trainer in Vista, California

Liz has been teaching dogs and their owners in North County San Diego for almost 25 years at Kindred Spirits Canine Education Center. Her dog training is based on an understanding of dogs and what makes them tick. A former member of the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors and founding member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), Liz is also a charter member of the International Association of Canine Professionals, and is a Certified Dog Trainer (CDT) through this organization. She is also a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, and an AKC CGC (Canine Good Citizen) Evaluator #4182.

Working in Vista, California (San Diego County), Liz trains over a thousand dogs and their families a year, and has put obedience titles on over 20 dogs of her own, from Doberman Pinschers to Papillons, in addition to her beloved Australian Shepherds.

Therapy dogs, service dogs and reptiles

Liz also founded the Love On A Leash therapy dog program, which reaches out to patients of hospitals and residents of retirement centers. Kindred Spirits' service dog program helps owners train privately owned assistance dogs.

Liz also loves reptiles and amphibians, owning a collection of varied and rare species. She helps with rescue and has written extensively on these beautiful and unusual creatures.