The Object Guard is an exercise in all of the ring sports (Mondioring, French Ringsport, Belgian Ringsport) where the dog is required to guard an object from a decoy without the handler being present. The dog is expected to bite the decoy when they come within a specific distance of the object and then return to the object when the decoy begins to retreat. If the decoy happens to steal the object without being bit, the dog loses all the points for the exercise. Each of the sports have their own variations of the exercise. For instance, in Mondioring, the object can be a wide variety of things from a car tire to a bag of clothes; while in French Ring, the object is always a basket. In Belgian Ring, they have a second object guard exercise which is done in a muzzle on a decoy in street clothes.
In this video, Anneliese and Ryan are working with Anneliese's dog, Tanzi, on the foundation of the object guard at one of Leerburg's training centers. [READ MORE]