Training Without Conflict

Training without


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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

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free resources

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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

I met Ivan in 2000 in Australia where he held a seminar. I recognized immediately that I watched an exceptionally talented handler and helper, who isn’t only intuitive but also understands his craft intellectually. I am very interested in his philosophies that have been developed to maximize the possibilities with the dog.

Dr. Helmut Raiser

I've been fortunate to train with Ivan for many years and consider him a mentor and true friend. Without question, he has been a huge influence and inspiration as he has forever changed the way I think and train. I guess the ultimate compliment is that I work with him whenever I get the chance. Ivan is the best at what he does.

Greg Doud

I can only recommend a seminar with Ivan Balabanov. It was really amazing. He never loses concentration, gets tired, or becomes impatient. I've never seen somebody hold a seminar and work with each individual for so long one-on-one.

Uta Bindels

I started training with Ivan in 2004 with my Malinois Eli vom Teufelhund, who was one year old at the time. With Ivan’s program we built an excellent foundation on Eli’s protection phase. Ivan was instrumental in mine and Eli’s performances. Training with Ivan has influenced my way of thinking on how dogs learn in the sport of schutzhund.

Steve Gregalunas

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