16 episodes

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!

Training Without Conflict Podcast Training Without Conflict

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    • 4.8 • 54 Ratings

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!

    Episode Fourteen: Michael Shikashio

    Episode Fourteen: Michael Shikashio

    Training Without Conflict® Podcast Episode Fourteen: Michael Shikashio
    Recently, Ivan invited Michael Shikashio to the TWC podcast.
    Michael and Ivan may hold at times different opinions on dog training.
    However, they had a great, respectful conversation that explored these views and ideas.
    Is it possible to bring the dog training communities together, rather than increase the polarization?
    Both Ivan and Michael recognize that there are those on the far extremes of the dog training spectrum who are immovable in their ideologies, but they also are certain that there are the trainers in the middle who have the most to gain from such conversations.
    We hope that this podcast will encourage dog trainers on both sides to continue to talk with each other.
    Sharing knowledge and experience is how we advance – not by looking down on each other, and certainly not through legislations or bans.
    Here are some links to videos discussed in the podcast:
    https://youtu.be/9B-gt0aEtYw
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ki74sxKfXYM
    Michael Shikashio, CDBC, is the founder of AggressiveDog.com and focuses on teaching other professionals from around the world on how to successfully work aggression cases. He is a five-term president of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and is a full member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT).
    Michael is sought after for his expert opinion by numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, New York Post, Fox News, The List TV, Baltimore Sun, WebMD, Women’s Health Magazine, Real Simple Magazine, SiriusXM Radio, The Chronicle of the Dog, and Steve Dale’s Pet World. He also hosts the popular podcast show “The Bitey End of the Dog” where he chats with the foremost experts on dog aggression.
    He is a featured keynote speaker at conferences, universities, and seminars around the world, and offers a variety of educational opportunities on the topic of canine aggression, including the Aggression in Dogs Master Course and the annual Aggression in Dogs Conference.
    For more information on Michael Shikashio, check out:
    http://aggressivedog.com
    Ivan Balabanov is a 2-time World Champion dog trainer, Ot Vitosha Malinois breeder, trainer of Premier Protection Dogs and founder of the revolutionary Training Without Conflict® dog training system.
    For more information about Ivan Balabanov and information on how to train your dog using the Training Without Conflict® system, check out:
    https://trainingwithoutconflict.com
    https://malinois.com
    https://premierprotectiondogs.com
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    • 3 hr 22 min
    Episode Thirteen: Dr. Helmut Raiser

    Episode Thirteen: Dr. Helmut Raiser

    Training Without Conflict® Podcast Episode Thirteen: Dr. Helmut Raiser
    Recently, Ivan spent sometime with Helmut Raiser and naturally they decided that they had to do a podcast.
    For those familiar with Schutzhund ( todays IGP) Helmut needs no introduction.
    For those who have not heard of him, he is one of the most influential trainers that popularized the Schutzhund in Germany and most of Europe in the 80’s.
    They had a very interesting conversation, at times diving deep into dog training, German Shepherds, dog politics and welfare, decoy work and more.
    I hope you will enjoy listening as much as they enjoyed the conversation.
    Dr. Helmut Raiser is a dog man with an epic history in dog training and dog sport.
    Helmut has been winning championships in the sport of Schutzhund since the late 70's and still continues to win and podium at competitions in the current day.
    A peek at his working dog shows you a master of his craft with countless V (excellent) scores in all three phases of the sport.
    Aside from his competition success, he also created RSV2000, a highly successful division of IGP dogsport.
    Any written biography of Dr. Helmut Raiser would not do him justice so it is highly recommended to listen to this podcast to learn as much as you can from this dog training master!
    For more information about Dr. Helmut Raiser and RSV2000, check out:
    https://www.rsvglobal.live/
    Ivan Balabanov is a 2-time World Champion dog trainer, Ot Vitosha Malinois breeder, trainer of Premier Protection Dogs and founder of the revolutionary Training Without Conflict® dog training system.
    For more information about Ivan Balabanov and information on how to train your dog using the Training Without Conflict® system, check out:
    https://trainingwithoutconflict.com
    https://malinois.com
    https://premierprotectiondogs.com
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    • 2 hr 39 min
    Episode Twelve: Janet Edwards

    Episode Twelve: Janet Edwards

    Training Without Conflict® Podcast Episode Twelve: 3x PSA National Champion Janet Edwards
    In this episode, Ivan Balabanov interviews 2-time PSA 3 Handler, Janet Edwards.
    In addition to being a PSA 3 handler, Janet is also a well respected PSA judge, dog trainer, and teacher to dog trainers around the world.
    Throughout the episode they discuss the sport of PSA K9, the differences between PSA and the other dog sports, and Janet provides a great education on the PSA sport as a whole.
    In addition to their dog sports discussion, Ivan and Janet discuss raising sport dogs, puppy selection, how different training methods affect future results and much more!
    Janet has been a certified Master Trainer from Tarheel Canine Training, Inc since 2001.
    Janet ran the pet obedience program at Tarheel Canine, specializing in severe behavior modification (aggression, shyness), and took that program to the highest level in its history. She had the opportunity to work with some extreme cases of shyness and aggression for “last chance” dogs, providing them (and their owners) a life they never thought could happen. Along with training the pets and their owners, she instructed student trainers looking to start their own dog training careers. Her students have not only come from the United States but from all over the the world such as South Africa, Portugal, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia and more.
    Janet then began training SAR and police K9s for detection (narcotics, explosives), patrol and man trailing along with instructing their handlers. She has trained 100+ active dog teams working the streets for local, state and federal agencies throughout the United States. She spent 3 years managing the North Carolina training facility, directing all trainers and programs. She relocated to Hanover and started Stateline Canine in 2011.
    Her dog, Zuko has earned his PSA1, PSA2 and PSA3 titles; only 8 other teams have accomplished this in the history of the sport. Janet is only the 2nd female handler to earn this title. Not only has Zuko earned these titles but he is the ONLY dog to have been a National Champion at every level in the sport; 2007 PSA1, 2009 PSA2 and 2012 PSA 3 National Champion.
    Janet achieved her second PSA 3 with her dog Danny, who was her previous PSA 3 dog, Zuko's son. In doing this, she became the only women and one of only 3 trainers in the world to achieve PSA 3 with multiple dogs.
    To learn more about Janet Edwards, check out:
    https://statelinecanine.com/
    Ivan Balabanov is a 2-time World Champion dog trainer, Ot Vitosha Malinois breeder, trainer of Premier Protection Dogs and founder of the revolutionary Training Without Conflict® dog training system.
    For more information about Ivan Balabanov and information on how to train your dog using the Training Without Conflict® system, check out:
    https://trainingwithoutconflict.com
    https://malinois.com
    https://premierprotectiondogs.com
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    • 1 hr 55 min
    Special Episode: The Seat Belt Analogy and Negative Reinforcement

    Special Episode: The Seat Belt Analogy and Negative Reinforcement

    Training Without Conflict® Podcast Special Edition: The Seat Belt Analogy and Negative Reinforcement
    Earlier this year in one of Ivan's Facebook posts, he stated that the commonly used seat belt analogy is misleading and does not properly illustrate the concept of Negative Reinforcement.
    This podcast is a 30-minute excerpt from my Training Without Conflict® course lecture on Negative Reinforcement where he discusses why this analogy is problematic.
    Ivan Balabanov is a 2-time World Champion dog trainer, Ot Vitosha Malinois breeder, trainer of Premier Protection Dogs, and founder of the revolutionary Training Without Conflict® dog training system.
    For more information about Ivan Balabanov and information on how to train your dog or to learn how to become a dog trainer and become certified in the Training Without Conflict® training methodology, check out:
    https://trainingwithoutconflict.com
    https://malinois.com
    https://premierprotectiondogs.com
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    • 34 min
    Episode Eleven: 5x Iditarod Champion Dallas Seavey

    Episode Eleven: 5x Iditarod Champion Dallas Seavey

    Training Without Conflict® Podcast Episode Ten: Dallas Seavey
    In this episode, Ivan has a conversation with 5-time Iditarod Champion Dallas Seavey.
    The two champions discuss topics ranging from breeding and selection of competition dogs, preparing for competition, fueling champion dogs, and how to maximize the potential of every dog they compete with.
    The wealth of information presented by these two titans of their craft is abundant in this 2 hour podcast!
    Dallas Seavey is one of two 5-time winners of Alaska's world-renowned Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
    In 2005, Seavey became the youngest musher to ever compete in the Iditarod at age 18, and at age 25 became the youngest to ever win the storied race.
    Seavey went on to win 4 more races in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2021 tying him with 5-time winner Rick Swenson.
    Dallas has also had success worldwide winning Canada's Yukon Quest and competing in Norway's Finnmarkslopet
    Outside of competing, Seavey also owns and manages his own breeding program where he trains and raises the finest Alaskan Huskies.
    During the offseason, Dallas also runs sled dog experiences for tourists with his company AK Sled Dog Tours where anyone can get the feeling of being a world class musher.
    For more information on Dallas Seavey, check out:
    https://sleddogtours.com/
    https://twitter.com/DallasSeavey
    https://iditarod.com/
    Ivan Balabanov is a 2-time World Champion dog trainer, Ot Vitosha Malinois breeder, trainer of Premier Protection Dogs and founder of the revolutionary Training Without Conflict® dog training system.
    For more information about Ivan Balabanov and information on how to train your dog using the Training Without Conflict® system, check out:
    https://trainingwithoutconflict.com
    https://malinois.com
    https://premierprotectiondogs.com
    Please like, comment, and share with your dog friends!

    • 2 hr 6 min
    Episode Ten: Simon Gadbois

    Episode Ten: Simon Gadbois

    In this episode, Ivan has a conversation with Simon about their training methods, similarities, and differences. Ivan and Simon also dive into the concept of punishment in dog training, its effects, benefits, and drawbacks.
    There is also an amazing discussion about the force free movement and the perception of punishment in dog training from different training ideologies.
    Simon Gadbois Ph. D. is a professor of neuroscience and biology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
    Simon has spent a large portion of his career studying domestic and wild canids (wolves, coyotes, and red foxes).
    He completed his Ph.D. in behavioural endocrinology at the Canadian Centre for Wolf Research (CCWR) examining the hormonal correlation of social behaviour in wolves, as well as action sequences in wolves, coyotes and red foxes.
    When the CCWR closed in 2007, Simon started the Canid Behaviour Research Lab at Dalhousie University and focused his research on coyote-human conflicts and canine scent detection.
    He is currently interested in the fundamental science of olfaction and olfactory learning. His lab has focussed on environmental/conservation, biomedical, and forensic applications of scent processing in dogs.
    Ivan Balabanov is a 2-time World Champion dog trainer, Ot Vitosha Malinois breeder, trainer of Premier Protection Dogs and founder of the revolutionary Training Without Conflict® dog training system.
    For more information about Ivan Balabanov and information on how to train your dog using the Training Without Conflict® system, check out:
    https://trainingwithoutconflict.com
    https://malinois.com
    https://premierprotectiondogs.com
    Please like, comment, and share with your dog friends!

    • 2 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
54 Ratings

54 Ratings

2dismyfavamendment ,

Good podcast

Absolutely loved the episode on the Iditarod with Dallas Seavey. Like Ivan, I really wanna travel to Alaska and experience that. Not normally a fan of long podcasts but this one flew by. Would love to see you have him on again.

Itsgreattobeme ,

Loved It

Just got done listening to the first episode and thought it was great.

Hand towel ,

Appreciate what he’s trying to do but.....

Not very far into it, only partway through the third episode and while I really appreciate Ivan trying to bring in a balanced look from the research end, the way they describe what’s going on makes me cringe.

The way they talk about shocking the dog and I know Ivan knows better, it’s almost like every time you press a button the dog is getting some huge jolt of electricity. In the third episode I got as far as the guest say that only trained professionals should use remote collars and it seems as though he has no actual understanding of their youth outside some laboratory/research setting.

After using remote collar’s for over 30 years myself and my remote collar foundation at the hands of skilled professionals, I too am incredibly apprehensive of their widespread use but the answer is not too ban but to educate in my opinion. I believe Ivan feels the same way.

Anybody that actually trained dogs with remote collars for long enough knows that many dogs will have a behavior change on an intensity which could only be described as sensation. No one in their right mind would call it painful.

They’ve never talked so far that I have heard about a dogs individual sensitivity to sensation, some dogs are very sensitive physically and some are very stoic.

I’ve never heard them so far speak about a dogs sensitivity in drive or arousal where by and large they are much much less sensitive to sensation.

They’re such simple analogies for so many things that are non-science space people find so easy to understand. Example: takeoff your shoes and walk down a gravel road and it will probably be very uncomfortable. If suddenly a grizzly bear charges you out of the woods you will sprint down that road and not even feel your feet. That’s such an easy example for a dog in and out of drive/arousal to help people understand their reduce sensitivity. Sure, not scientific but it’s really easy to help non-scientific people understand.

I’ve never heard anyone so far speak about a dogs mental sensitivity which is how the dog perceived physical pressure as opposed to its physical sensitivity.

I never seem to here almost anyone talk about using the collar to create new habits and behaviors so you don’t need the collar. People talk about it like you’re going to use the collar forever unless you’ve used it in some type of non-contextual blast to keep them away from cars, cattle, snakes or whatever, as a goal should be to see a fading of collar use as the dogs behaviors become more conditioned and ingrained. If you are using a remote collar to routinely enforce commands over an extended period of time you are doing nothing more than managing behavior not changing it.

Hopefully at some point I’ll hear someone discuss auditory exclusion and how the remote collar is the most effective way to intervene in that situation at a distance.

I’ll keep listening and hopes down the road that he interviews someone that seems to have a better actual working knowledge of the incredibly wide variety and variations of use their art to humanely and effectively train dogs.

I imagine Ivan does but so far it’s just been lost in talking about “shocking and punishment.”

Again, high hopes and fingers crossed to hear a better explanation for those that need it but beyond preaching to the choir I’m not sure a lot of novice trainers or people trying to decide on a positive only or balanced approach would be comfortable with a balanced approach as they discuss matters as they have.

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