Michaela Lawton, Trainer, Canine Lifeguard, Core Conditioning Classes


Michaela grew up with large dogs from Shepherd crosses to Siberian Huskies in the Adirondack Region. She constantly was teaching them how to do new things such as tricks or pulling sleds and skis. Moving to the Rochester Area in August of 2014, she obtained her Veterinary Technology degree from Medaille College and as well became a certified dog trainer through Penn Foster. Michaela firmly believes that schooling and “becoming certified” is one thing, but experience and putting yourself to the test is another. She applies that to all of her clients and dogs as well.

“You can go through and graduate as many obedience classes as you want, but having a dog apply those behaviors in the real world is the ultimate reward,” she maintains.

While in Rochester Michaela was involved with many different working K9 clubs which is where her knowledge and passion really blossomed. Moving back to Northern NY in 2017 she started Mountainside K9 to share her knowledge.

When not working with clients and their dogs, she is either working at a local Veterinary Hospital, hiking, enjoying the outdoors, training her dogs or Obstacle Course Racing. Michaela has a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever named Bindi and a working line German Shepherd named Caius.

She is involved in numerous dog sports such as Agility, Barn Hunt, Rally-O, Obedience, Dock Diving, IPO and many more. Training for and competing in these events is how she spends most of her weekends and free time.

“I am in a constant state of learning from my success, failures, other people and seminars,” she says, adding, “Dog training isn’t a hat you put on when it’s time to ‘train.’ It is the outfit you embody twenty-four seven that tells your dog who you truly are and what kind of relationship you expect.”