Training Without Conflict Podcast

Training Without Conflict Podcast

After 40 years of breeding, raising, and training dogs, Ivan Balabanov provides his expert insights on dog training that he’s developed throughout his 4 decades in the dog community. Ivan takes a deep dive into the mind of dogs with the help of incredible guests that will blow your mind and change your outlook on dog training and perhaps life in general!


July 2, 2024 108 mins

Today’s podcast features Dr. Michael Moyer, a veterinarian and the owner of Bridgewater Veterinary Clinic. We discuss various aspects of dog health, common reasons dogs visit the vet, spaying and neutering, the Fear Free enterprise, overmedicating and other intriguing topics related to dogs.

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Training Without Conflict® Podcast Special Edition: Dr. Karen Overall's Deep Breath Protocol For Dogs

Welcome to this short solo podcast! Todays topic is fascinating and controversial: Dr. Karen Overall's deep breath protocol for dogs.

Imagine if your stressed out or aggressive, fearful, anxious dog (pick one), could take few deep breaths and instantly calm themselves down—sounds like a superpower, right?

Well, Dr. Overall suggests ...

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June 12, 2024 183 mins

Training Without Conflict® Podcast Episode Forty-Two: Jany Böhm

As of late, many have laid claim that IGP is a dying sport.

However, after the drama and theatrics of the most recent FMBB World Championship we saw a passionate outcry from trainers around the world pleading for transparency in the sport.

There was also a considerable amount of outrage as to who was the rightful champion.

In this podcast, I am happy to be joined by my ...

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June 6, 2024 131 mins

In the newest episode of the Training Without Conflict® Podcast, I had a chance to sit down with my friend, World Championship level helper, and IGP World Championship competitor Vladimir Dragicevic.

For those in “the know” Vlad is no stranger to high level competitors having worked with many of the trainers and dogs you see on National and World Championship podiums today.

In addition to his phenomenal helper work, he is also an ac...

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June 1, 2024 176 mins

Welcome everyone to another exciting episode of the Training Without Conflict® podcast! I’m thrilled to have Markus Neutz back with us from Germany as our guest. Today, we delve into the world of the FMBB championship, exploring topics like judging, comparing training styles, and much more. Sit back, relax, and enjoy

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May 21, 2024 235 mins

Welcome to another episode of TWC podcast where we explore diverse perspectives and challenge the status quo. Today, I have a brave guest who steps outside the lines of her community's ideology to share her strong opinions on a topic she's passionate about. It's not easy to question deeply held beliefs, especially when they are influenced by powerful propaganda.

Our conversation highlights the difficulty many people face in changing...

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Recently, I invited David Garcia Suarez from Spain to judge our club trial so we could get our dogs and training critiqued first hand by one the most respected IGP judges at the moment. 

David has judged many National Championships, as well as World Championships including FMBB which he will once again judge this month in Italy.

The conversation gives a glimpse of how he evaluates IGP performance and what the rule book expects f...

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On my recent trip to Northern California, I had an opportunity sit down with Michael and answer some questions that trainers submitted on social media.

We had a great time and answered a ton of questions.

I hope you enjoy it!

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January 9, 2024 117 mins

Training Without Conflict® Podcast Episode Thirty-Six: Vadim Plotsker

In this episode, I interviewed dog sport competitor, IGP judge, member of the WUSV board of directors, and current United Schutzhund Club of America President, Vadim Plotsker.

I have been wanting to have this conversation for a long time as Vadim has a very unique perspective on the sport of Schutzhund and the German Shepherd dog.

During the conversation we were a...

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December 28, 2023 178 mins

My goal when I started the TWC podcast was to provide knowledge and tell stories from true experts.

My guest in this episode is very much a true expert in his field and at the absolute top of the game as far as I am concerned.

He is someone I have known since my days in California back in the 90's and am happy to call a friend.

I am happy to share my conversation with the incredibly talented photographer, Brian Aghajani.

If you have s...

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This episode is a recording of Ivan Balabanov's appearance on the Bow Wow Bill Podcast on 11/26/23.

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December 1, 2023 181 mins

Training Without Conflict® Podcast Episode Thirty-Four: Louis Donald

If you are German Shepherd lover, this episode is for you!

This week’s episode epitomizes the reason I started my podcast.

I wanted to have in depth conversations and talk dogs with some of the most accomplished, knowledgeable, and interesting people on the planet.

Louis Donald is one of the world’s foremost experts on the German Shepherd breed.

Louis has had a lifelo...

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November 13, 2023 49 mins

Welcome to another Training Without Conflict podcast!

In today's special episode, I’m honored to have with us Dr. David Mech, a globally recognized authority on wolf behavior.

Dr. Mech's groundbreaking research has reshaped our understanding of these majestic creatures, but his work has often been misinterpreted, especially in the dog training community.

For years, the concept of dominance in animal behavior has been a topic of cont...

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October 5, 2023 195 mins

Training Without Conflict® Podcast Episode Thirty-Two: Dean Calderon

I’m sure many of you have heard the term “dog boy” around certain dog training circles.

Many people don’t know where that term came from, but this week, you will find out where it came from and why…

My guest this week is self proclaimed “Dog Boy”, dog sport legend, and my friend Dean Calderon.

Dean has some strong opinions that you may or may not agree with, but you c...

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September 27, 2023 163 mins

This week on my podcast I had a conversation with the highly controversial trainer The Dog Daddy.

While many of you might find this surprising or even potentially upsetting, my goal with my podcast is to allow all of you to learn about training methods and perspectives from trainers across the spectrum of dog training. 

Although Dog Daddy has created quite a rift in the dog training space, I was interested to have him explain hi...

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September 22, 2023 138 mins

Training Without Conflict® Episode Thirty: Omar Von Muller

In this episode, I had the pleasure to catch up and have a nice conversation with a long time friend, and trick dog master, Omar Von Muller.

It is highly likely you have seen one of Omar's tricks in a viral video in the past or in a major Hollywood production.

As a teenager, Omar trained dogs for friends and family.

Omar also spent time training police dogs for the Miami Dade...

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September 15, 2023 133 mins

Training Without Conflict® Podcast Episode Twenty-Nine: Edgar Scherkl

This episode was a long time in the making.

I was finally able to sit down with Edgar Scherkl to talk about Belgian Malinois, the history of Schutzhund, the German Korung, judging in competition, and the current situation in the IGP world community.

The podcast is available now on YouTube, Apple Music, Spotify, and all other major podcast platforms!

I’m certain tha...

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September 8, 2023 226 mins

Training Without Conflict® Podcast Episode Twenty-Eight: Steve White

The latest TWC podcast features guest Steve White.

Steve is a seasoned expert in K9 units from the state of Washington, accredited as a Master Trainer in 1993.

He is a key figure at major Police K9 conferences.

In addition to his extensive career in police K9 units, Steve is also a prominent figure in the force-free training community.

Notably, he was a founding instr...

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Training Without Conflict® Podcast Episode Twenty-Seven: Debbie Zappia Part Two

In this episode, Ivan interviews the first returning guest of the TWC Podcast, Debbie Zappia.

This episode features a deep dive into the sport of American Schutzhund.

Ivan asks all the pertinent question to fully understand the inner workings of this burgeoning sport!

Debbie has had a long, storied history in the sport of Schutzhund, highlighted by her in...

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July 28, 2023 89 mins

Training Without Conflict® Podcast Episode Twenty-Six: Debbie Zapia

In this episode, Ivan interviews the founder of American Schutzhund, Debbie Zappia.

Debbie has had a long, storied history in the sport of Schutzhund, highlighted by her incredible accomplishment of winning the 2015 WUSV World Championship with her dog Iron Von Den Wölfen, becoming the first American AND the first woman to win the WUSV World Championship.

Aside from ...

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