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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.



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.


Abby Burns Staff

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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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.