High Tail Hikes is a professional dog walking company and product business based in Oakland, California since 2015. In 2017, founder Liz Williams and her husband Gregg started making leashes and long lines for Liz's dog walking groups using an incredible material called BioThane. The bright colors, soft, grippy feel, and waterproof/odor proof qualities made her job so much easier and more enjoyable! Using lightweight drag lines during her hikes, she could allow the dogs freedom of movement while keeping them safe, secure the dogs quickly as needed, and work on skills like recall so much more easily. When Covid forced the walking business to close temporarily in 2020, Liz opened an online storefront to sell her leashes, and the rest is history!
In 2020, Cory Abshear joined the team as our Production Manager, and Amanda Niello joined us in 2022 as our Wholesale and Fulfillment Specialist. Gregg helps out with prototyping and fabrication. Between us, we have three dogs, one cat, and one human child!
Our goal is to provide high quality, customizable walking gear and other products that make it a joy to live, walk, train, and adventure with your pup. We are committed to using and advocating for positive reinforcement training techniques, and to sharing resources with our incredible community of compassionate dog guardians. We feel so fortunate to get to do the work we do, and to get to spend our days helping dogs and their people experience more joy in their lives together!