Trident K9 Warriors: My Tale from the Training Ground to the Battlefield with Elite Navy SEAL Canines [NOOK Book]

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As a Navy SEAL during a combat deployment in Iraq, Mike Ritland saw a military working dog in action and instantly knew he?d found his true calling. Ritland started his own company training and supplying dogs for the SEAL teams, U.S. Government, and Department of Defense. He knew that fewer than 1 percent of all working dogs had what it takes to contribute to the success of our nation?s elite combat ...

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Trident K9 Warriors: My Tale from the Training Ground to the Battlefield with Elite Navy SEAL Canines

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Overview


As Seen on "60 Minutes"!

As a Navy SEAL during a combat deployment in Iraq, Mike Ritland saw a military working dog in action and instantly knew he’d found his true calling. Ritland started his own company training and supplying dogs for the SEAL teams, U.S. Government, and Department of Defense. He knew that fewer than 1 percent of all working dogs had what it takes to contribute to the success of our nation’s elite combat units, and began searching the globe for animals who fit this specific profile. These specialized canines had to pass rigorous selection tests before their serious training could begin.

The results were a revelation: highly trained working dogs capable of handling both detection and apprehension work in the most extreme environments and the tensest of battlefield conditions. Though fiercely aggressive and athletic, these dogs develop a close bond with the handlers they work side by side with and the other team members. Truly integrating themselves into their units, these K9 warriors are much like their human counterparts—unwavering in their devotion to duty, strong enough and tough enough to take it to the enemy through pain, injury, or fear.

For the first time ever, Trident K9 Warriors gives readers an inside look at these elite canines—who they are, how they are trained, and the extreme missions they undertake saving countless lives, asking for little in the way of reward. From detecting explosives to eliminating the bad guys, these powerful dogs are also some of the smartest and most highly skilled working animals on the planet.

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Watching military dogs in action in Iraq is what convinced Navy SEAL Michael Ritland that he wanted to train combat canines after he himself left the service. Since his muster out, he has fulfilled that resolution, preparing dogs for combat and security duty for the U.S. Defense Department and government. His Trident K9 Warriors spotlights the heroic work done by these four-legged heroes; but it also focuses on the rigorous training and the close relationships they build with their trainers and handlers. Now in trade paperback and NOOK Book.

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Advance praise for Trident K9 Warriors:

"After a stellar career in the Teams, Mike Ritland has gone on to train working K9's for some of the most elite units in the U.S. Special Operations community. These dogs are integrated into Special Operations at all levels of mission planning. They HALO parachute from high altitude, chase enemy squirters, and detect explosive booby traps, to name just a few tasks. If you want to learn about these amazing animals, the sacrifices they've made, and their effectiveness in combat, then read Navy SEAL K9 Warriors."

—Brandon Webb, Former Navy SEAL, New York Times bestselling author of The Red Circle, and Editor-in-Chief SOFREP.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250024985
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2013
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 41,845
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author


MIKE RITLAND joined the Navy in 1996 and graduated with BUD/S class 215. After years as a member of SEAL Team 3, he became a BUD/S instructor and then started his own company to train dogs for the SEAL teams. Today he continues to supply working and protection dogs to a host of clients, including the U.S. government and Department of Defense. He also started the Trident K9 Warrior Foundation to help retired Special Operations dogs live long and happy lives after their service.

 

GARY BROZEK has coauthored and ghostwritten nearly twenty books, four of which have become New York Times bestsellers. He lives with his wife and their dog, Huckleberry, in the mountains outside of Denver.

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  • Posted April 21, 2013

    What do you give the reader who has a neurotic love of dogs and

    What do you give the reader who has a neurotic love of dogs and a deep appreciation for the millitary? You give them Trident K9 Warriors! My chest swelled with pride reading about the exploits of these K9 Warriors (and I laughed until their were tears in my eyes reading about Matt and Arras). Only a well written piece of work could do that. Five stars!

    14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2013

    A fantastic and amazing read!!! It was so good I read more than

    A fantastic and amazing read!!! It was so good I read more than half of it in the first few hours, if you like SEALS, military dogs, or anything in between, then read this book!

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    Trident K9 Warriors Author and U.S. Navy SEAL,  Mike Ritland d



    Trident K9 Warriors
    Author and U.S. Navy SEAL, 
    Mike Ritland delivers a phenomenal, first time view at Our Nations Elite MWD's.
    He takes the reader into the world of U.S. Navy SEALs and their K9 Teams, showing the invaluable role
    that these K9 Warriors carry in War as well as the bond they have with their Handlers.
    Outstanding Content and a Definite Best Seller!!! A Book in a class of its own!!!  (NZ) HOOYAH!!!

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2013

    Exactly what you think it is

    I picked up this book because after reading "Soldier Dogs" because that book ended way before I was finished reading about military war dogs. This book definitely satisfied my interest in reading more about them, and if this is a subject that interests you, you are sure to enjoy it as well. The author of this book has an insider's view like no other, so you will learn context and details that an outsider simply couldn't provide.

    My only caution is that this book reads quite unlike a more polished, journalistic title. The author of this book is not an author by trade, and that becomes apparent in the book's lack of organization and way he starts and follows tangents. These make it read less like a typical book and more like an autobiography / journal built on the foundation of a long career in military war dogs. Go in with this expectation, and you won't be disappointed.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2013

    Excellent Book. Would recommend it to anyone who likes dogs

    I was hooked from the moment I started reading. It really tells just how close the handlers and dogs become to one another There is a love between them that can not be fully explained. Anyone who loves animals, especially dogs, will understand just how much love there is between one another.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2013

    I am a volunteer at the National Navy SEAL Museum in Ft. Pierce,

    I am a volunteer at the National Navy SEAL Museum in Ft. Pierce, FL. I am so proud to have met an active duty K-9 Warrior, Barry, at the
    2012 Muster.  Barry fast-ropes out of a helicopter with his handler and serves his country with bravery.  I think these off-topic comments
    are extremely disrespectful.  Please use a different venue to play your games.

    Mr. Ritland - thanks for telling this story and creating the K-9 Warrior Foundation!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2014

    Highly recommended

    Fascinating read. Well-written. Recommended for military and civilians for insights into how dogs think and how to train them efficiently and humanely. Details on SEALs and SEAL K9 teams.

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  • Posted July 25, 2014

    Highly recommended

    It was a wonderful and informative book. I was amazed at what it took to train these dogs and the life they lead when the dogs are deployed. It was all told very well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    Well written - Kept my interest

    Lots of great information about the Warriors and dogs in general. A perspective on how these wars are fought by our soldiers and our enemies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Recommend

    Job well done!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    Hehe

    Hehe

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    Great

    This book is amazing yet im only on page 42

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Highly recommended

    Wonderful book about these brave dogs. I treasure it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2013

    Some good bits with lots of repetative filler

    Some interesting stories but feels stretched in between , Skipped boring repetative pages,

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  • Posted July 29, 2013

    I give the subject matter 5 stars, but the overall book for me w

    I give the subject matter 5 stars, but the overall book for me was about 4 stars.  The combat stories were very interesting as was the description of the training the dogs undergo, but the writing was a bit repetitive.  A very worthy book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    Great series

    You just can't put these books down

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted July 15, 2013

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    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    Interesting Read

    Interesting read, very detailed to the point of sometimes being repetitive. Why are pictures from this book so tiny on my new oversized Nook.

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  • Posted June 5, 2013

    I loved most that Mr. Ritland strongly believes in training the

    I loved most that Mr. Ritland strongly believes in training the dogs to trust; not to fear punishment.

    Iread the book just this week and will pass it on to a friend.
    I am so glad that he trats the dogs so well and does not hurt them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2013

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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