OUR DOG CLUB'S HISTORY
We have been training German Shepherd dogs and handlers in Leeds for over 60 years. We started out as part of The British Association For German Shepherd Dogs, where we became and continued to be the largest branch.
Between 2008 and 2020, the club grew in popularity - we went from having three classes on a Sunday to running up to 12 classes. We enjoyed a year-on-year growth in membership during that time and we are justifiably proud of or club’s achievements.
It thrived because we did one simple thing: we asked our members what they wanted from their club. They told us, we listened, and then we gave them what they wanted, plus much more besides. This was a pivotal moment in our club's rich history. We became a club that people loved to come to - they could make friends with like-minded people, get specific and professional German Shepherd training and help, and get involved with so many other activities, all of which revolved around one thing - our beloved German Shepherds. For many of us, our club has become a huge part of our lives and we love being part of it.
In January 2021, we became an independent training club. This allowed us more freedom to modernise our approach, further improve our image, and grow the club into something that delivers more of what our members want from their club.
Through a comprehensive new training scheme for our instructors, we will develop our team's skills and knowledge beyond anything we have done before and hopefully inspire a next generation of handlers, some of which will be chosen to become instructors. All these things will allow us to pursue other avenues that will increase the already excellent value for money that our members enjoy, and ensure our continued success well into the 21st century and beyond.
"This isn't our club - we are merely the custodians of it. It is our duty to pass it on to the next generation, in a better state than when it was passed to us."