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
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
True to their name these guys really do go above and beyond! Their methods work and they make the effort to ensure that the improvements continue. They just get dogs and I'm so glad for myself and my dogs that we have been able to use their services. Thanks Cathy and Andrea!
November 15, 2015
I've been through a few dog trainers and I have to say Cathyand Andrea is by far the best I've come across.. she has helped me train my naughty destructive puppy that I was ready to get rid of into a good puppy.. And not only did they train my dog.. but bascailly trained me two..!! And has givin me a better understanding of what's installed in having a dog and how to be the leader...
September 12, 2017
Firstly, I would like to say Cathy & Andrea saved Axel! We were at our wits end and this was the last effort to keep our boy. White knuckle love and no boundaries had led to a very fearful and anxious dog. It’s not easy to be told you have caused your dog so much stress by loving him too much! The weeks prior to Axel going to Cathy’s, I was a prisoner in my own home. I would not leave the house or would have a family member dog sit, as Axel’s separation anxiety had got so severe. He was escaping and injuring himself, or damaging the inside of our home. 5 weeks with Cathy and now 2 weeks home for Axel and all I can say is, wow! We have seen nothing but improvements each and every day. Axel now knows how to cope on his own, he is crate trained, knows how to use his senses which he did not previously, has boundaries in place and most importantly he is HAPPY! I have now gone back to a normal functioning life and am not in fear of leaving my own home. We now return home to a relaxed, sleeping dog who does not act as though we have been gone for 55 years! Cathy & Andrea spent endless hours transforming Axel. It is 110% clear that these wonderful ladies do this for the pure love of dogs and to educate owners too! We cannot thank you enough for everything you have done for us, the reality is, our family could have been 1 doggy member short if it wasn’t for you both. Forever grateful - Christie, Jesse & Axel ?
November 29, 2018
Thank you for today! Can't wait to put everything you taught me today into play.. It's great to know how much potential my boy CJ has and now thanks to you I know exactly how to get the most from him and myself and a dog owner. Highly recommend to anyone who is unsure or has problems of any kind big or small 🙂
September 8, 2016
Well we sent our 2 American Staffy’s to Cathy for training for a month, we had over loved them and let them rule the house and our lives i.e allowing them on furniture and our bed, they had no strict boundaries and were full of anxiety from never being away from us or separated from each other. Now they are home Cathy has given us our sanity back!! We need to in force and keep up all the hard work Cathy has done! Wish we had done this 2 years ago. ���
April 26, 2018
I can’t put into words how much Cathy at Above & Beyond has helped out our family! This is truly an amazing business, and the results speak for themselves. I would highly recommend A&B to anyone who has a dog. We have done them all - home visits, confidence building class, dog obedience level 1 and now Intermediate. 1 year ago this would never have been possible as our dog was extremely reactive. We have gone from being a football field away from everyone and anything that moves to being able to sit/stand calmly while participating in a group obedience class. If you’re having any issues with your dog, or just want to strengthen the bond with your dog, or perhaps give obedience a go? Then give this company a call. Thank you Cathy you definitely go Above & Beyond!!!
December 11, 2017