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Ivan Balabanov – Credentials

Soaring above the rest – Ivan Balabanov is two-time World Champion, dog trainer extraordinaire, respected and award winning author, avid animal lover, student of animal behavior, and undoubtedly the most accomplished Belgian Malinois breeder in the United States. His sophistication and precision in all his work with dogs, from breeding, to training dogs for various disciplines – competition, service dogs, police dogs, protection dogs and pet dogs – and teaching dog owners world-wide, knows no equal.


Ivan's Accomplishments


  • World Champion – International Dog Federation (FCI) All Breeds IPO3.
  • World Champion – Belgian Shepherd World Federation (FMBB) IPO3.
  • 7 x National Champion American Working Dog Federation (AWDF) IPO3.
  • 7 x National Champion American Working Malinois Association (AWMA) IPO3.
  • National Champion United Schutzhund Clubs of America German Shepherds IPO3.
  • 2000 FMBB Homburg,Germany Belgian Shepherd World Vice Champion
  • 2000 DVG America All Breeds Nationals IPO 3 Champion
  • 1999 DVG America All Breeds Nationals IPO 3 Champion
  • 1998 DVG America All Breeds Nationals IPO 3 Champion

Professional Experience


  • Worked as a Guide Dog instructor for 5 years in California where he trained more than 300 dogs and students.
  • Worked as animal behaviorist at the San Francisco SPCA (a “no kill” facility) and was responsible for the successful evaluation and rehabilitation of some of the most difficult cases.

Worldwide Presence

Ivan has given over a thousand seminars and workshops to organizations in more than twenty-five countries in North America, Latin American, Europe, and Asia, including:


  • United States
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • Sweden
  • Finland
  • Switzerland
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Czech Republic
  • Belgium
  • England
  • Bulgaria
  • Ukraine
  • Australia
  • South Korea
  • Hong Kong
  • Colombia
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Venezuela
  • South Africa

Coach and Consultant

He lectures at the annual United States Police K9 Association Events, is a trainer for ATF special task force K9 units, and other special K9 organizations, including:


  • US Special Forces
  • United States Police Canine Association (USPCA)
  • ATF Special Canine Units Task Force
  • Search and Rescue Organizations (SAR) worldwide
  • Military Forces around the world

Publications


  • Award winning author of the book “Advanced Schutzhund”, published 1999
  • Founder and Curriculum Designer of the original SF/SPCA Dog Trainers Academy

Awards, Certifications, & Accreditations

Be sure to browse our extensive gallery of certificates!


Championship titles and successes Ot Vitosha Malinois


  • 2019 United States Mondio Ring Association (USMRA) Nationals MR 3 Champion
  • 2016 American Working Malinois Association (AWMA) Nationals IPO 3 Champion
  • 2016 American Working Dog Federation (AWDF) Nationals IPO 3 Champion
  • 2015 American Working Malinois Association (AWMA) Nationals IPO 3 Champion
  • 2015 American Working Dog Federation (AWDF) Nationals IPO 3 Champion
  • 2014 American Working Malinois Association (AWMA) Nationals IPO 3 Champion
  • 2011 American Working Dog Federation (AWDF) Nationals IPO 3 Champion
  • 2009 American Working Malinois Association (AWMA) Nationals IPO 3 Champion
  • 2008 American Working Malinois Association (AWMA) Nationals IPO 3 Champion
  • 2007 FCI Torino, Italy All Breeds IPO 3 World Champion
  • 2007 FMBB Le Touquet, France Belgian Shepherd World Champion
  • 2007 American Working Dog Federation (AWDF) Nationals IPO 3 Champion
  • 2006 American Working Dog Federation (AWDF) Nationals IPO 3 Champion
  • 2005 American Working Dog Federation (AWDF) Nationals IPO 3 Champion
  • 2004 American Working Malinois Association (AWMA) Nationals IPO 3 Champion
  • 2003 American Working Malinois Association (AWMA) Nationals IPO 3 Champion
  • 2001 United Schutzhund Clubs (USCA) German Shepherd Nationals IPO 3 Champion
  • 2000 American Working Dog Federation (AWDF) Nationals IPO 3 Champion
  • 2000 American Working Malinois Association (AWMA) Nationals IPO 3 Champion
  • 2000 FMBB Homburg,Germany Belgian Shepherd World Vice Champion
  • 2000 Deutscher Verband der Gebrauchshundsportvereine (DVG) America All Breeds Nationals IPO 3 Champion
  • 1999 DVG America All Breeds Nationals IPO 3 Champion
  • 1998 DVG America All Breeds Nationals IPO 3 Champion
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