About Us

Walk This Way Canine Behavior Therapy provides positive-reinforcement based dog training and behavior modification throughout New York City. We use reward based methods, but also understand that no two dogs are the same and there is no one "right" approach for everyone. To give each individual dog (and owner) what they need, we offer a balanced approach.

Walk This Way opened for business in 1999, and is owned and operated by Renee Payne, CPDT-KA.

Renee graduated from the Animal Behavior Center of New York, is a Professional Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, has been certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers since their inception in 2001, and is a certified tester for the AKC's Canine Good Citizen program. She has been interviewed by CBS News, Fox News, The NY Times, CNN, MNN, The NY Post, GOOD, Esquire magazine and various other media outlets as a behavior expert, and The Brooklyn Dog Training Center's puppy party was featured on NBC's Today Show.

Renee evaluates the adoptability of dogs for local shelters and rescue groups, conducts free dog run etiquette seminars at local dog runs, taught learning-abroad seminars and dog training certification programs to students from Japan for two years, and is a mentor trainer for the Animal Behavior College and for CATCH Canine Trainers Academy.

Renee designed a written and interactive interview process for co-op buildings to evaluate potential canine residents, wrote several articles about dogs and kids for the Nick Jr. Channel's website, and has contributed articles to numerous other print and web-based outlets on topics ranging from training and behavior problems to breed traits. You can read some of her articles here.

Renee has run a dog trainer internship program since 2002, and conducts "How to Meet a Dog" seminars for young children at various facilities throughout the New York area -- a topic she co-authored a children's book about with Jennifer Gladysz from Mobile Mutts.

Be A Dog's Best Friend

Renee and her own dog (Jimmy) worked as a therapy dog team, certified through The Good Dog Foundation until Jimmy's retirement at age ten.

After doing extensive nose work with Jimmy as a pup, Renee started teaching nose work to her clients. In 2014, she took the "for fun" nose work to the next level and began offering Medical Alert Service Dog training for clients with diabetes. Renee is a provider member of the International Association of Assistance Dog Partners.

Walk This Way was voted into the top ten in Citysearch's 2007 Best Pet Services, and works with The Mayor's Alliance for NYC Animals to offer discount group classes and behavior consults to newly adopted NYC shelter dogs.

Check out Renee's other book, which has nothing to do with dogs.













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