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I would recommend Ivan to anyone -- David Miller

Malinois | World Champions


Sharon Ronen WUSV 2009 World Champion

… as a response to my “congratulations world champ!” here is what Sharon replied : Thank you Ivan, I was influenced very much from your working system. so you deserve a lot of my thanks!!! Sharon

Mojca Tominc FMBB 2008 World Champion

  We are very happy to have an opportunity to meet Ivan during the AWMA 2009 championship competition. It was very nice personal and learning experience. Ivan is real master of dog training. We were fascinated by speaking with him about his methods ant training philosophy. The video lessons at Train Per View are exceptional […]

Uta Bindels FMBB 2003 World Champion

I only can recommend a seminar with Ivan Balabanov. It was really amazing, Ivan never looses concentration, gets tired or becomes inpatient. Excellent theory and logical approach to dog training! I have never seen somebody holding a seminar and working with each individual for so long one on one. It was really great! And also […]

Michael Ellis School Dog Trainers

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. Ivan and I may have our training differences, but I cannot recommend […]

Donna Matey 3 x US Mondioring Champion

In 2000 I attended my first Ivan seminar. By that time I had been training and successfully competing with my dogs in AKC events. My goal for the seminar was to find out more about Schutzhund. Instead, Ivan and his methods captivated me. This first seminar, and subsequent training opportunities with Ivan, changed my entire […]

Sean Rivera Top Ranking World Competitor

Ivan taught me probably the single most important thing I know about dog training, and that is simply “to think like they do”. A simple concept with great value! I am forever grateful for his friendship, support, and influence in my career.

Lisa Geller 3 x US Mondioring Champion

Hi Ivan, Just wanted to drop you a line and let you know how powerful your training techniques have been for me. I benefit from seminars and feel you are one of the great animal trainers of our day. Thanks for sharing your skills.

Brian Curey 2008 Bouvier World Champion

I have had a great year with Ali my Bouvier; he has turned out to be a great dog. I just wanted to say thanks. The training I did with you has been the foundation of everything I do. You helped a lot!

Eric Eisenberg 2007 USCA Champion

I had a training problem which I tried unsuccessfully to solve for a long time. I even had other trainers try to help me and they failed also. I didn’t know Ivan at that time, however I decided if anyone could solve the problem using a method I would approve of Ivan could. I went […]

Les Flores 2004 DGV Champion

Ivan’s seminars bring understanding and fun way to work dogs. Dogs learn fast and without conflict. We had Ivan at our club for two years in a row. In each seminar, the improvement on the dogs participating after only one day, was to put it mildly, phenomenal. I don’t think there is a better Malinois […]

Steve Gregalunas 2007 AWMA Champion

I started training with Ivan in 2004 with my Malinois Eli vom Teufelhund, who was one year old at the time. Under Ivan’s program we built an excellent foundation on Eli’s protection phase. Ivan was very instrumental in mine and Eli’s performances. Since I’ve been training with Ivan he has influenced my way of thinking […]

Greg Bennet 2000 USCA Champion

I have known Ivan for a few years now and have always admired the way he thinks about how a dog thinks. We first met about 1999 or 2000. I had already been on a WUSV team with Troy. I was preparing for the following year’s events when we had Ivan come in to do […]

Greg Doud, international competitor

Without question, in my opinion, Ivan is the best IPO trainer in North America.  His philosophy and training methods have changed training throughout the world and his results in IPO speak for themselves.  I consider Ivan a very good friend and am very fortunate to have mentored under him.  If you get the chance to attend a seminar or […]

Marina Shukh

While Ivan’s countless accomplishments can speak for themselves, his greatest achievement cannot be measured in titles and trophies. There are many talented trainers out there, but it takes someone especially gifted to revolutionize the sport as we know it. Ivan has earned his place in history by doing just that. On a personal note, I […]

Theresa M

Hi Ivan, It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since I found your website. I searched online for a long time to find “the best breeder” to get my Malinois puppy from and after awhile it was easy to see that you were definately the best breeder, and most accomplished competitor in Schutzhund. I […]

Tom K. And Utina

Hello Ivan I want to take this time to thank you so much for your work with my GSD Utina..  She has come so far with your help..  She feels so confident in the blind / Hold and bark and her long bite is the best and fastest ever.. We are looking so forward to […]

Dina and Storm

Being a single female, living alone, it’s important for me to have layers of security.  Having been raised with dogs and exposed to various breeds and behavioral issues through foster work with a local rescue, I felt I was ready for a serious working breed and protection dog.  Enter my gorgeous Dutch Shepherd girl, Storm.  […]

Ken and Pax

I have trained with Ivan over the years with absolute satisfaction, and success, in reaching our goals. Ivan has a true sense of what is needed and the way to achieve these needs through his unique training methods. Although I work primarily with the Schutzhund sport, I highly recommend Ivan to help with any training […]

Daryl and Bailey

I own a 3-year old Doberman Pincher who is an amazing dog named Bailey. She has a great temperament with all people/dogs and is extremely smart. We trained her basic obedience (sit, stay, down, shake, come, etc), but I came to a point where I would play with her/practice with her, but with no real […]

Ruth and Cadance

Hello Ivan, I just wanted to let you know that Cadance is doing great. I feel like you sold me two dogs in one. I have a dog that is fearless and would take a bullet for me. The other dog is my best friend and just wants to cuddle up on the couch with […]

Dan and Anka

Let me begin by saying very few people in the larger community of canine protection sports know who I am and that’s perfectly fine. There’s no particular reason why anyone really should have. My technical skill as a canine trainer are novice at best, but here’s why what I have to say about Ivan Balabanov […]

Brian and Utrix

Hi Ivan, I just wanted to drop a quick update on Utrix: Bank Robbery Suspect Apprehended “….Dane County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the bank robbery at approximately 10:10 am. A witness at the bank was able to provide the 911 dispatcher with a license plate number on the suspect’s vehicle… a perimeter was established around […]

Francisco and family, Brazil

We bought a personal security dog form Ivan and it took us a while to realize that his dogs are way much better that we expect a dog could be. Now, besides of having the perfect security dog we also have a company dog, a nanny for our children and another family member. We are […]

Jeff Roberts

My wife and I live in a remote forested area in Southern Oregon and our nearest neighbor is over a mile away. About a year ago our home was broken into, which made me wary about my wife walking alone in the woods, and her being at home alone when I am away on business trips…

David and Karen

Just wanted to let you know that Asher did what he was trained to do! Karen and I were in northern Virginia two weeks ago. We stopped at a mall and left Asher in the car. When Karen returned to the car, and as she got into the car, a man with a gun …

Darin K

I was looking for the right person and company from which to purchase a complete security dog for my family. I am
married and have 5 kids, so this wasn’t a decision I took lightly. I spent months and countless hours researching to find the right fit. I got very tired of finding websites that had no substance to their programs…

Nadia Acosta

I wanted to thank you for all your help these past 3 years. You have not only helped me by training my dogs, but you have taught me to become a better …

Tim Keller

Because you are reading this page and considering buying a personal protection dog, I am sure that you want a dog that can do his job…ie …protecting you and your family and also not be a liability in any way. Ivan’s dogs will exceed your expectations. My name is Vicki Keller and probably like you, […]

David Miller

In a world where people do evil things to others, we all must be prepared. I was looking for a protection dog for about a year and happened to come upon Premier Protection Dogs during my quest. After having made a few phone calls to other sites, I started following what Ivan suggests you to […]