About Us

The largest BAGSD branch in the country and the only specialist German Shepherd club in the Leeds area we are a very friendly club that offers obedience and companion dog training for German Shepherd Dogs and handlers of all ages and abilities. All our instructors possess a wealth of knowledge in training German Shepherd Dogs more ...


The British Association for German Shepherd Dogs (formerly the British Alsatian Association) was formed in 1933. It was formed by like minded German Shepherd Dog (Alsatian) owners who banded together for the good of the breed and whose aim is to help members achieve the utmost with their dogs. BAGSD National Association Site

Fireside K9

Sunday saw a visit from John and Kes, a police dog team. Contrary to the rumour, they were not looking for Tony or even Tom for that matter. They came representing Fireside K9 to collect a cheque for 300 raised by our members. Fireside K9 are one of the 3 charities that we support. The Charities are the PDSA, German Shepherd Rescue and Fireside K9.

Fireside K9 support retired police dogs in need of expensive vet treatment. Believe it or not retired police dogs get next to no help with vet bills etc. By the time they retire the insurance companies won't touch them so all vet bills have to be covered by their owner (normally the dog handler that worked them but not always).

We were hoping to make a presentation in the circle so John and Kes could thank you all but unfortunately Kes had duties to attend to so they could not stay for long (a police dog's life is a busy one!). So they asked that we pass on their thanks to you all. Hopefully someone from Fireside K9 will be able to attend the AGM in March and give a short presentation about the charity. It's always good to know where the money you raise goes. So keep buying those buns!!

Camping Trip

We've just got back from this year's camping trip. It was universally hailed a great success. Many thanks to the committee for arranging such a good weekend and thanks to those that attended and made it such good fun for dogs and handlers alike. More information and photos here...


August Bank Holiday Fun Day and BBQ

We have decided to hold our annual Fun Day and BBQ on Sunday 30th August. All members and their families are welcome. There will be team games that usually provide much entertainment for all those that attend whether four pawed or two. Then we finish off with a BBQ, I hear that Lynne has once again volunteered to be chef! Thanks Lynne. Listen out at the club or check the club Facebook page for further announcements.


New Instructors

We're delighted to announce that Hannah Hussain and Darren Sutton have begun the process of training to become qualified BAGSD instructors. Over the next year they will be shadowing our various instructors. Their aim is to gather as much experience and as many skills as possible before going off to join the BAGSD instructors course next year. After that it'll be perhaps another two years before becoming fully qualified. I'm sure you will all join the committee and instructors in wishing them the very best on their journey to become certified, like the rest of our instructors!!! Tony Moran is now halfway there having passed Part 1 of the instructors course.


Cottingley Show

Once again we have been asked to attend Cottingley show. This takes place on Saturday 11th July. We shall be putting on an obedience demonstration in the main arena and wil lalso have our own arena for doing smaller demonstrations throughout the afternoon. This is a great opportunity to show members of the public what we do and also to show what a great breed we have. Everyone is welcome to attend and everyone can play a part in the day. We shall be doing the same exercises you do every week in class. Tom has volunteered to do the commentary so we can explain what is going on and hopefully provide some insight into what we do.


Kennel Club Good Citizens Scheme

Well done to our first Kennel Club Good Citizens Scheme Gold Award holders. It was great to see that all dogs passed. Many thanks to Alison from Calverley Dog Training Club for judging.

From left to right. Carole & Leo, Andrea & Tilley, Hannah & Bella, Alison, John & Bentley Gerrard & Poppy, Helen & Max

Important notice to all members

We have been informally contacted by Leeds City Council regarding parking outside the club on Sunday mornings. They were very nice about the situation and did not want to make an official complaint to us. We have promised to try and cooperate with them. If we can't cooperate the council may ultimately have to restrict parking on Carr Road to residents only. Obviously this would cause a problem for everyone.

There were 2 separate complaints on Sunday due to cars being parked inconsiderately. This includes cars being parked on pavements and on grass verges, causing damage to the verge. We have supplied our phone numbers to the council so we can deal with inconsiderately parked cars immediately. Please can we ask that all members parking cars outside the club park considerately. Please do not park on grass verges, pavements or the small road outside the cottages opposite the club. There is plenty of on street parking available further up the road, outside the park. It is only a couple of hundred meters to walk.

We realise that people walking dogs in the woods and people visiting the allotments could also be contributing to the problem but BAGSD Leeds do not wish to upset Calverley Dog Training Club (who we rent the premises from) or the good people of Calverley. If we can't work together to solve this then the instructors are going to have to start being rubbish so the attendance drops ;-)

2015 Non Training Days

Please note that the following days will be non training days during 2015. Please note that we may decide to open on some of the bank holiday weekends. Listen out for announcements at the club in the weeks leading up to each bank holiday.

Easter Sunday
Sunday 5th April
May Day
Sunday 4th May (We are Open)
Spring Bank Holiday
Sunday 24th May (We may open)
August Bank Holiday
Sunday 30th August (Members Fun Day and BBQ)
Sunday 27th December