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Expert Dog Training

My BodyGuard Dog’s expert dog training comes from our seasoned trainers, state-of-the-art facility, and individually crafted training program. We strive to go beyond your expectations for an excellently trained companion.

MEET OUR TRAINERS

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Martin & Julie Saso

Owners & Proprietors of My BodyGuard Dogs

Marty and Julie have owned and operated My BodyGuard Dogs for 20 years. Marty grew up being around German Shepherd Dogs, and later started My BodyGuard Dogs with his wife, Julie. Together, they strive to be a great breeder and produce some of the most sought-after German Shepherd Dogs in the world. In addition, they offer a world class facility with a wide variety of trainers to help owners achieve the perfect companion dog and/or a great competition dog.

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Jennifer Nordhausen

Trainer

Jenny has been a part of My BodyGuard's team since spring of 2016. Her passion for dogs started nearly ten years ago with her first German Shepherd, Molly. Since then, she has trained countless boarding dogs and competed with her own dogs. Jenny currently teaches a variety of group classes as well as private lessons. Her favorite type of training is trick dog and competitive obedience. On her free time, Jenny likes to watch dog training videos, work her own dogs and go on pack walks!

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Kendall Senior

Trainer

Kendall has worked as a trainer at My BodyGuard Dogs since January of 2020. She worked as a kennel associate back in high school, and then returned to continue her career as a dog trainer. Kendall has been training for several years and has competed with her own dogs. She currently works, training boarding dogs and teaching private lessons. On her free time, Kendall loves to spend time training her own dogs, Annika and Skyla.

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Kiera Madsen

Trainer

Kiera has been a trainer at My BodyGuard since September of 2020. She first started training dogs in 2014 and quickly fell in love with it. Her passion for dog training took off and she has been training full time for the past few years. On her free time, Kiera loves to learn new training methods and practice with her personal dog, Salem.

STAFF

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Abby Burns

Trainer & Kennel Associate

Abby has been an employee at My BodyGuard Dogs since Summer of 2018. She works hard behind the scenes to make sure all of the dogs are well taken care of throughout the day. She also enjoys doing walks and playtimes with our boarding dogs and bathing dogs for customers.

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Megan Anthony

Kennel Associate

Megan has been a part of the My BodyGuard team since September of 2019. She works hard behind the scenes to keep our facility running smoothly and enjoys training some of our dogs in bite work and obedience. In her free time, Megan enjoys pack walks and bathing dogs.

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Crystal Shane

Kennel Associate

Crystal has been a part of the My BodyGuard Team since July of 2020. She works as a full time kennel associate to ensure all of the dogs receive the care that they need! Throughout the day, she completes walks and playtimes with the dogs in the kennel, to make sure they get proper exercise and sunshine! On her free time, Crystal enjoys spending time with her family and personal pets.

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Phallon Wright

Kennel Associate

Phallon has worked at My BodyGuard since September 2020. She works as a kennel associate to keep the facility clean and care for the dogs. Throughout the day, she spends time taking photos of the puppies, and bathing dogs. On her free time, Phallon enjoys spending time with her son and family.

WORLD CLASS FACILITY

National Regulation Size Schutzhund Training Field on 10 Acres

Our facility is conveniently located at 7213 Blissdale Road in Marengo, Illinois – about 10 minutes off of the I90 Expressway. We are situated on 10 acres that consists of a large, state-of-the-art facility that includes a National regulation size Schutzhund training field, a hay field for tracking, and a heated outdoor shelter for trainers and spectators.

Heated Outdoor Shelter for Trainers & Spectators

Our kennel has 3 large puppy rooms, 6 private rooms, and 13 spacious runs for our dogs with access to the outside. We also have several outdoor play areas, and a pond with a filtration system for the dogs to swim in. Our kennel has a fully equipped kitchen and laundry room.

50' x 100' Indoor Training Hall

Our indoor facility includes a training hall approximately 50ftX100ft where we offer our training classes, Schutzhund training, and private lessons. Also located behind our kennel building, we have an obstacle course intended to train dogs for police service as well as to build coordination and confidence for all dogs.

Obstacle Course for Coordination & Confidence - also for Police Service

We have created an environment for handlers and dogs to achieve success with whatever their training goals may be.

PRIVATE TRAINING

We offer private lessons for one-on-one time with one of our trainers. Private lessons are catered to you & your dog’s needs. Common issues we work on in private lessons are:

Getting your puppy started off on the right foot

Coming when Called!!

AKC-style Obedience and/or Rally

Competition Obedience &/or Tracking (Schutzhund 1-3)

Basic obedience & Manners

Intermediate to Advanced obedience (working towards off leash control)

Preparation for the BH title

Behavior Issues (barking, jumping, nipping, counter-surfing, aggression issues, etc.)

Additionally, My BodyGuard Dogs now offers Virtual Training Lessons. These are one on one online video calls where one of our trainers will work with you and your dog on learning new skills. From puppy training, to advanced obedience, trick dog and more, our trainers will be able to help you reach your goals.

IN-KENNEL TRAINING

Looking to fast track your dog’s obedience?
We can help

4 Week Board and Train Programs are an excellent way to fast track your dog’s obedience. Our professional trainers will work with your dogs to accomplish all of your training goals and create a reliable obedience foundation that will last your dog a lifetime!

SCHUTZHUND TRAINING

Schutzhund translated “protection dog” is a dog sport where many breeds, including German Shepherd Dogs, compete. It is a demanding test for any dog and few are able to pass successfully.