Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Lake Tahoe Area
Posting by Ivan Balabanov
I hope it is okay to do this. Trying to appropriately attribute this. I thought this was interesting coming from this level of dog trainer/competitor. Just wanted to share Ivan's perspective:
"I often get asked about how my dogs are in everyday life, etc. So finally I have some time to write on this. All of my competition dogs past and present are allowed and encouraged to play with other dogs, play with other people, live in the house, lay on sofas etc, get food from other people , go to dog beach, and basically live all around a VERY social live. Training ( and the people that know me can testify on this) is not on a daily basis, sometimes weeks can go by without "training". In fact actual training happens whenever I feel like it, and most importantly whenever I have time. I don't necessarily recommend this, but I have found that it works just fine for me. I can train a full hour ( and sometimes more) of obedience assuming weather conditions are good and the dog ENJOYS it and wants to keep going. Sometime I think I should make a video of it ... But then who would want to watch an hour of it. Sometimes ( or most of the time) it is very repetitive and silly. For obedience I pretty much never use food/treats even with the puppies. They always get their full meal in their dish. Including the night before tracking lesson. There is zero food deprivation, my dogs don't "work" for food. They like to play with me and I like playing them. I hope I covered most of the questions I get asked in private messages about this
In the book I am working on all this will be included. For those of you that will ask - the Heeling video is done. I just need to wait a bit more before releasing it. I don't like it when others make videos or seminars using my stuff as it is their own. Especially before it is released . Be a bit more patient , everyone that has had opportunity to see it at my house says that the video is excellent and most importantly my approach is very different!"
Again, fully attributing this to Ivan Balabanov.
Dutch Shepherd - Ptygo (Tee-Go) de las Flores
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