July 2019 Newsletter

New Member Welcome

by Estella Vaz

Guinea pigs were the pets I was allowed to have as a child and I loved them, but really I wanted a dog.  So eleven years ago, I decided that the time was right for a dog and I walked into my local rescue center and asked if they had any terriers.  The lady I was talking to answered “yes, we have lovely male fox terrier cross”.  Needless to say, a week later this young fox terrier cross came to live with me and changed my life.

As the dog ran off with my Birkenstocks for the umpteenth time, chewed up the telephone, pooped on the bed, piddled up the fireplace and had daily standoffs with my husband, I realised that this dog was not quite so ‘lovely’ and a bit of a handful.  Never one to hide from a challenge off to doggy training school we went, along with the implementation of a routine and an exercise program.  I learnt how to manage and understand his needs and as a deep bond with him grew we became a team.  Eight months later, I was back at the kennels – a Jack Russell terrier bitch joined our family with a whole different set of issues that needed addressing. 

After completing training with the JRT, I started helping as an assistant at the training school.  I found that I enjoyed helping people learn with their dogs and as a bonus I got to cuddle lots of puppies.  The instructor who owns the training school also performed temperament and behaviour assessments at the local rescue center. This seemed a natural progression and allowed me to expand my understanding of dogs by observing and handling a great variety of breeds. This work, as anyone who works with

Estella Vaz

rescue dogs knows, can be very emotional and as a result a couple more terriers came to join our expanding family, each with their own little character and issues.

Eventually, I decided that I could only learn so much studying on my own and it was time to commit to a formal canine education.  Therefore I started studying with the Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour & Training and over the years I have gradually worked my way through a number of the courses and workshops.  Eventually I was able to start my own practice ‘Doggie Delinquents’ providing behavioural consultations and 1:1 training for puppies and adult dogs, covering part of East Midlands (Leicestershire, Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire).  Having lived with behavioural issues with my dogs, I can truly understand how challenging and stressful this can be for owners, so I get a lot of satisfaction from helping owners work their way through their issues and improve not only their lives but their dogs too.   

As for the dog that started this journey, he still has his moments but we both have certainly come a long way from those early days.

Estella Vaz, MCFBA

International Book Award for Lez Graham


                                      Mainstream & Independent Titles Score Top Honors in the                                              10th Annual International Book Awards 

Simon & Schuster, St. Martin’s Press, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, John Wiley & Son, Rowman & Little Publishing Group, Taschen, New World Library, Forge Books,  American Cancer Society and hundreds of national and international Independent Houses contribute to this year’s Outstanding Competition!

Animals/Pets: General
                             Manners not Mayhem : A common-sense approach to raising, training                                      and living with your puppy by Lez Graham, MA
Braidwood Books

Lez Graham

More Good News for Lez:               

The Pet Gundog was in the top 1.3% of all books sold on amazon last week!

Congratulations Lez!

Lez Graham, MA. FCFBA

CFBA Member Discounts

A Reminder of all CFBA Member Discounts

20% off of all courses for CFBA Members using the code cfba20 at the checkout.

Benyfit Natural

20% Off all products for CFBA Members when using CFBA20 at the checkout.


10% off of trade prices when ordering 10 or more units (mixed). You will need to email your order to info@gencon-allin1.co.uk

You can also get 10% off of retail prices when ordering less than 10 units using the code CFBA10 at the checkout.

Sara Abbott Artist


10% Off of a bespoke artwork experience. (Visiting the home, taking photographs, choosing an image and an oil on canvass  delivered back to you). £50 will also be donated to a dog rescue organisation.

For Dog Trainers

15% Off all products using the code CFBA15 at the checkout.

KJK Rope Dog Leads


20% Off of all products. Must be ordered by telephone 01884 254191 or email customerserviceskjk@btconnect.com


10% off of all orders using this link: https://gravyo.co.uk/discount/CFBA10INTRO or simply using the code CFBA10INTRO at the checkout.


Members of the CFBA are invited to join the referral scheme – you will receive a unique reference number to provide to clients and when they place their order the client receives a free full size product with their order and so do you as a thank you for referring. Excellent products.

The Golden Paste Company

10% Off all products when using the code ‘Canine&FelineAssociation’ at the checkout.

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