Training Without Conflict

Training without


Welcome to the

world of Ivan Balabanov.

Popular Lessons

The Possession Games

Competition Heeling: Part 1

Competition Heeling Part Two

Chase & Catch 2.0

Teaching the OUT Command

Ivan's Guide to Raising Great Puppies

Ivan made a name for himself as

the trainer

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free resources

Begin your discovery of the TWC methodology by digging into these free resources

5 Common Mistakes People Make When Playing With Their Dog

The 6 Major Mistakes Dog Owners Make

10 Tips for Competition Excellence

9 Little-Known Tips on How to Raise the Perfect Puppy


A Word to the Wise

Ivan Balabanov is, in my opinion, the most gifted competitive sport trainer in this country. I have learned more from my time training with, and from watching Ivan, than from any other single trainer in my career. He is thoughtful, innovative, and insightful. If you are interested in dog training, you should expose yourself to Ivan Balabanov.

Michael Ellis

Something that I have SO appreciated, and have reflected on recently, is that when you pay to learn from Ivan... you learn from IVAN. Straight from the source. This is not always the case elsewhere! The continued education and investment in the TWC community is definitely not something you get from other "courses."

Allie Carli Young

I feel like a lot of what you see and hear from other dog trainers sounds like magic. When you learn from Ivan, you learn it’s not. You learn concepts that carry over to all aspects of dog training. No secrets, no shortcuts, no magic, but CONCEPTS that work! However, just like with magic you will shock and awe people with what you learned from Ivan.

Tommy McLaughlin

TWC equips trainers to successfully work with severe behavioral cases and stand out from the crowd. The way you evaluate, work with, and talk about dogs with clients will change. This is NOT 'another tool in the toolbox.' This fundamentally different way of interacting with dogs leads to superior results.

Ralf Weber

What stood out for me about learning from Ivan is how thorough he is. Ivan's training is very detailed and not just a few techniques to add to our arsenal. Ivan provides high-level concepts on how to understand dogs, combined with modern psychology. It is not another seminar with somebody else's variation on how to train a dog.

Brant Weller

TWC is a study in real behavioral science and history of dog training. This is not a new gimmick "reinvention" where a trainer puts new name on established methods and calls it "new" or their own. Ivan teaches you everything, up to the most modern discoveries, so your training is founded in reality and facts.

Elizabeth Snyder

Ivan's Schedule

Due to the Covid crisis, Ivan has limited his travel, so be sure to subscribe to his monthly newsletter to get the latest updates on upcoming events

Dec 02-04

Mount Dora, Florida

AWMA National Championship