Dogs with behaviour issues or problems often require more than simple obedience training lessons can provide. We more often than not work with owners of dogs that are at their breaking point and frustrated at not being able to resolve the issues with their dogs such as aggression, human aggression, fear and anxiety issues and hyperactivity. Sometimes they have been the recipient of poor advice and guidance from people who were not equipped with the skills or experience to effectively help the dog or the owner.
Cathy Grant has a lifetime of experience and a dedicated interest in dog rehabilitation and dog behaviour. She is an accredited National Dog Training Federation member and regularly updates her skills and knowledge from new sources. Cathy will diagnose your dog during an in-person consultation and recommend the best action to take. This will include both a long term plan and immediate changes in the way you interact with your dog. Cathy has worked with thousands of people, with the majority getting fantastic results. Cathy invests 100% towards dog rehabilitation cases and can offer ongoing help, classes, live-in board & training, holistic services and support for you and your dog.
AGGRESSION & REACTIVITY
This program is for dogs that display embarrassing outbursts of barking, jumping or lunging, and are difficult to manage, whether due to over-excitability, leash frustration, fear, or aggression. Our unique program is the most effective way to address your dog’s problematic and reactive behaviors and help the dog feel calm and comfortable around other dogs/people. We offer both live-in and individual therapy based on a case by case basis.
JUMPING & MOUTHING
Dogs that constantly jump up on people and use their mouths (and teeth!) to interact with us are annoying and can cause injury. Your dog gets excited and overstimulated the more this occurs, just like when puppies play together. Dog mouthing and jumping are very common problems that vary from the simple to more serious situations. In most circumstances, your dog can be trained not to do these behaviors quickly.
ANXIETY & FEAR
Dealing with fearful dogs is an ongoing process that may take a long time, often a dog’s whole lifetime. It is important to recognize symptoms as soon as possible and to start with rehabilitation. Once the fear is established, it becomes a closed circle pattern that constantly keeps the dog under stress. This can lead to anxiety, aggression, and many other dog behavior problems. We are specialists in fear and anxiety rehabilitation.
Leash training is essential for both dogs and their owners. Not only is it a part of good dog etiquette, but a leash-trained dog will be safer and more comfortable out for walks. Not all dogs adjust easily to leashes, however, and when a dog refuses to walk or pulls on the leash, there are several tricks that can help correct that behavior. We can leash train your dog during a board and train package or at a group or private class.
LIVE-IN DOG REHABILITATION
Sometimes your dog’s behaviour problems are best modified whilst they board at our kennels. We only have a small number of kennels so we can dedicate as much time as possible to your dog’s rehabilitation. Without the distractions of home, your dog can progress far faster. We establish strong, balanced relationships with every dog that visits us for live-in training or rehabilitation services. This way prevents your dog from practising the undesired behaviours we want to eliminate and lets us observe your dog’s behaviour closely in a loving, controlled environment.
Each dog is an individual and unique in their behaviours, and we will deploy the best strategy based on a detailed talk with you, an in-person assessment, and a reassessment after a few days at our rehabilitation centre at Tarampa. We will work with ANY dog, regardless of its shape, size, history, behaviour issues or temperament. We have great success rates and most dogs improve to a level their owners are amazed at.
We believe that every dog deserves to be part of a happy and functioning family.
Our main goal is to help repair and reunite families undergoing issues with their dogs.
We believe every dog can be a success story
Given the right tools and treated with the right attitude.
Noise & High Distraction Issues
This beautiful boy Gibson gets to go home tomorrow after some intensive training. He is completing some final training with duration under high distractions and noises. This boy has overcome some huge milestones within himself to become a calm character that doesn't need to be involved with everything. Happy to chill out now.Posted by Above and Beyond Dog Training and Rehabilitation on Thursday, 14 September 2017
PTSD Assistance Dog Training
Here is a video of Daph with Mister. Daph suffers from PTSD and Mister will be her assistant dog. Over the last few weeks i have watched Daph develop within herself to have more confidence in her skills and ability to handle Mister. Confidence to step up and tackle what i set out for her. Gone is the colour coding to help Daph understand what i am asking. I have watched the change in Daph's communication with Mister now understanding what is being asked. The holes in their relationship are beginning to fill. Mister is now relating more and more to Daph but most of all i have learnt so much from Daph in being able to relate to her, understand what she can and can't comprehend from me, understand when she is not feeling right! Thank you Daph you are an absolute beautiful person. ❤Posted by Above and Beyond Dog Training and Rehabilitation on Wednesday, 22 November 2017
Severe Reactivity Issues
Here is an update on little Memphis. Memphis came in house with us just on a week ago with lots of naughty behaviours including severe dog reactivity. This reactivity is fear. We have been working on building confidence and teaching him manners and that it's ok to sit and chill. This afternoon's training session was the first time with a dog so close to him with him able to move off the mat if he chose to. He made a great choice in holding position. He is still a jellybean and constantly moving but one week in i think he is doing fantastic. 😊Posted by Above and Beyond Dog Training and Rehabilitation on Monday, 13 August 2018
I could not recommend Cathy at Above and Beyond Dog Training Rehabilitation highly enough. Her training advice is simple and it works! She tapers her training to suit you and your dog and solves problems from their root cause. Whether you are near breaking point with some bad doggy behaviours or just adopted a new puppy, this is the lady to call!
August 19, 2018
Cathy was amazing at working out what our dogs needed from us and how we could fit it into what our schedules allowed. Although we can be slack at times and we have a long way to go, today Flash went to the markets and that is something we never would have even dreamed about before. We are more confident handling them, and they are more confident in themselves. Excited about where training will take us in the future if we've already come so far.
May 1, 2016
From the first 2.5 hour home session, Huxley and I have been going full steam ahead. Without your help Cathy, I wouldn't have been able to leave him outside with my aviaries without him jumping on them. Who knew a can of air would change everything. Then to complete your 6 week basic obedience course has changed us both. I have more confidence in him and he has more confidence in himself. We still have a way to go with some fears but we are 100% better than those first months. I can't thank you enough and will be recommending you to everyone. Thanks again!!
September 3, 2016
Hey guys we came to Cathy with Thumper our rescue puppy who had issues with water and taking a bath. He also was just into his teens so he could have done with a bit of manors also. We had tried everything to try and get him over his fear of water beside drugging him which was not something we wanted to do but if Cathy couldnt help him then that was our last resort. With in 10 mins of being with Cathy not only did he get into the hydro bath but he actually took a bath and enjoyed every sec of it( this is same dog that would scratch, jump, screem, pee himself and basically almost hang himself on the lead just to get out of contact with water). My face dropped and i was over the moon, so much so that i asked Cathy if she does an in-house boot camp. And left him with her for 10 days. Through out the boot camp Cathy kept us updated with Thumper by facebook with pictures and videos. Fast forward 10 days later we came in and did a 2 hour crash course with her on how to keep him going with his training at home and what he has learnt so far. The difference is night and day. He is now starting to be the best dog he can be. The signs are all there and its thanks to Cathy and her team. Would recommend her to anyone with any dog issues. 10/10.
March 15, 2018
Wonderful trainers who live and breath what they do - it's fantastic to see them walk the talk. I have been fortunate to visit their pack (currently 10 dogs), as well as use their behavioural services on my own two dogs, and am amazed what a difference they make in such a short amount of time. Their advice, knowledge, skills and experience is second to none. I love that they are involved in a volunteer capacity for a rescue, assisting to rehabilitate some of the more "difficult" dogs. I'm looking forwards to improving my leadership of my dogs, as well as watching my dogs improve further under their guidance. Highly recommended.
November 2, 2015