The Reading Branch of BAGSD was formed in 1947. At that time and up to around 1975 it was known as the BAA (The British Alsatian Association), because anything that was remotely connected with Germany was taboo following the war. In about 1975 the name changed to the British Association for German Shepherd Dogs and thus remains today.
The branch has had a fair amount of success over the years. Most famous was John Simpson, the chairman of the club who won Crufts Obedience Competition in 1977, with a dog called Courage, a magnificent achievement.
The Club has also been successful at the Southern Area Interbranch Competition. At one time we won the competition 9 out of 10 years, going on to win the all England Finals on several occasions.
The club has always maintained a high level of instruction which is still maintained today by Brian Allum, Mick Fenning, Glen Sawyer and Phil Cole who are all BAGSD qualified instructors. Jointly they have over 50 years experience in dog training.
Some years ago we ran a demonstration team and performed at many local shows, including the Woodley Carnival, the Reading Show, Binfield Flower Show, Wokingham Show, and many school fetes. We incorporated obedience work set to music, followed by an agility race.