High Tail Hikes started as a dog walking and pet sitting business in Oakland in 2015. We discovered biothane leashes around 2017, and loved how durable, lightweight, easy to handle, and easy to clean they are. Liz's husband, Gregg, is a professional fabricator, and in 2018 he started making leashes for Liz's pack and for other dog walkers. In 2020, we scaled up our leash business and began offering our high quality biothane products to the general public. We proudly make our leashes by hand out of our studio in west Oakland CA, using only the highest quality hardware and craftsmanship. We are honored to work with dozens of dog walking business, professional dog trainers, dog day care centers, and discerning dog owners across the U.S.
High Tail Hikes
Liz has worked as a wildlife biologist, environmental educator, and elementary school teacher. Liz has a B.A. in Geography and an M.S. in Environmental Studies, as well as 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 or making leashes, she enjoys backpacking, traveling, and taking photos.
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.
Jarlaen is a Bay Area native who has always had a strong love for animals. Jarlaen has been working with animals for over eight years, including over five years of experience taking dogs on off-leash excursions and managing groups of dogs using only positive reinforcement based handling techniques. Jarlaen aspires to treat every single animal she meets as her own and work every day to develop a deep bond with each individual dog.