Liz Ford, CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP
Liz is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA-CTP) and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA).
Liz is a graduate of the University of Iowa (BA, 1999). She worked in business, marketing, and human resources before she made a career change to the animal care and welfare industry in 2001. Since then, Liz has held a variety of titles including: animal shelter volunteer, volunteer coordinator, dog training instructor, humane educator, non-profit executive director, animal emergency response coordinator, animal care technician, adoption placement counselor, and animal services officer.
Most recently, Liz was the Director for the Iowa City Animal Care & Adoption Center, where she oversaw all aspects of animal welfare and law enforcement. During her animal sheltering career she created and managed numerous programs to enhance agency and community services including enrichment for shelter animals, advanced training programs for shelter staff/volunteers and shelter animals, community outreach and education, and collaborations with other agencies such as the prison dog program, rescue/transport program, and the Animal Response Team.
Liz teaches and trains with scientifically proven reward based methods, specializing in behavior modification for reactive and fearful dogs and aggression cases. Her training philosophies emphasize clear and concise communication between handler and dog and cultivating an environment for both to succeed.
Liz donates her expertise regularly to local animal shelters and rescues by teaching staff and volunteers current and best practices in animal care, training, and behavior modification and also working one-on-one with special needs dogs.
To reach Liz directly, email
Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior, Certified Training Partner
Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, Certified Professional Dog Trainer
Professional Memberships and Affiliations:
Association of Professional Dog Trainers, Professional Member
International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, Member
Iowa City Dog Obedience Club, Member
National Animal Care & Control Association, Member
Johnson County Community Emergency Response Team, Member
Iowa City Animal Services Animal Response Team, Founder and Director
ASPCA Field Investigations & Responses Team, Responder