About Us

Come and see what we are all about!

"We believe life with our dogs should always be fun!"


We believe in doing things positively different. By using choice-based games and force-free training techniques we focus on what we WANT our dog to do instead of what we don't want. Combining this with the use of scientific learning principles we strive to help you build a positive, life-long relationship with your dog. We believe effective training should never mean sacrificing fun!

We are a 100% judgement free zone! We understand that everyone has a past. All we need to know is that you contacted us, you love your dog, and want to resolve the problems you are facing. Blame has no place in dog training and won't help you get closer to your training goals. Just like our dogs, we believe in second chances.


Meet the Trainer

Find out a little more about the trainer behind Alternative Canine


Meet Katie!

Katie Plyter, ABCDT

Owner & Head Trainer

Servicing Waukesha County, parts of Milwaukee County, and parts of Jefferson County

"Everything in life has an element of fun"

Alternative Canine's owner and head trainer, Katie Acken, has been around animals her entire life. Growing up with several dogs, cats and rabbits she's always had a special connection with animals and has been fascinated with the way they function and learn. Her love of dog training started as a kennel attendant at a Humane Society in Alaska. She developed a passion for helping the dogs lead better lives through play and reward based training. Katie went on to earn her training credentials and become a certified professional dog trainer while living in Alaska with her dog Lincoln. Since then Lincoln has accompanied her on two more big moves, one to New York and one  that ultimately landed her in Southeastern Wisconsin. 

Katie is passionate about teaching people the importance of proper communication between them and their dogs. She believes having fun and playing together helps bridge that gap in communication and enriches the lives of both dog and human. Katie is a graduate from Animal Behavior College and a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. Katie is also an approved evaluator for the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen, S.T.A.R. Puppy, and Trick Dog programs.

Certifications & Education

How I stay up to date on the latest training techniques and knowledge


Continuing Education

As a dog trainer I am continuously expanding my knowledge and training techniques to stay on top of the current best-practices and be sure I'm supplying you with the most effective tools for training. Below is a list of just some of the seminars, webinars, classes and conferences that I have attended in recent years. This list doesn't include the time I spend each year reading books & blogs, listening to podcasts, and brainstorming with other trainers to better understand our wonderful four-legged companions. 

-Grisha Stewart "BAT: Behavior Adjustment Training for Fearful and Reactive Dogs" - 2017

-Susan Garrett "IYC Summit" - 2017

-Sue Sternberg "Sociability vs Aggression in Dogs" - 2 Day Seminar 2018

-Malena DeMartini "Separation Anxiety: Mission Possible - 2 Day Seminar 2018

-Susan Garrett "Learning Through Games of Choice" - Webinar 2018

-Susan Garrett's Recallers Course - 2018

-Patricia McConnell "Lost In Translation: How Dogs Use Sight, Sound, and Smell to Communicate" - Seminar 2018 

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