Navy SEAL Dogs: My Tale of Training Canines for Combat
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Navy SEAL Dogs: My Tale of Training Canines for Combat

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Trident K9 Warriors gave readers an inside look at the Navy SEALteams' elite K9 warriors—who they are, how they are trained, and the extreme missions they undertake to save lives. From detecting explosives to eliminating the bad guys, these powerful dogs are also some of the smartest and highest skilled working animals on the planet. Mike Ritland's job is to train them.

Hardcover, 208 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Dven Malekian
I chose this book for two main reasons which are it was a new book and it was in the Scholastic so i decided to get it from my school library.The main plot of this book is that a Marine name Mike Ritland trains K-9 to be part of the Navy Seal Team.The dogs are intelligent and can do anything from detecting bombs to eliminating the bad guys which they are constantly brought to missions.My favorite quote from this book is when Mike says "The dog lay in the shade of a palm tree,his head up and his...more
As the daughter of a Marine vet and sister of a Marine vet, I regret not reviewing this book sooner. Mike Ritland has written a fascinating look at how he trains SOF (Special Operation Forces) canines. More specifically, THE Navy SEAL teams' elite K9 warriors,

You will "meet" the dogs and their handlers, learn how the dogs are chosen, how they are trained to sniff out explosives, how they are guided through detection training and apprehension training, You will travel with them into the field and...more
There are about 600 military working dogs (MWDs). They get deployed worldwide. They are smart, strong, and aggressive. I don’t want to meet one, but I sure did enjoy reading about them.

For a dog-lover like me this is an intriguing read. I have a lazy, old; basset hound who I can hardly train to sit. I had no idea of all the work that goes into training a dog to sniff out explosives and attack on command. Mike Ritland’s training requirements for the Navy SEALS and their canine partners is laid o...more
Michael Ritland's description of his work with military working dogs (MWDs) and the SEAL teams is fascinating. He tells about how he came to serve as a SEAL and then his transition to working as a canine handler and trainer. Many dogs and their handlers are profiled and examples of their missions are shared. The training required for the SEALS and their canine partners is laid out in impressive detail. Everything from the breeds best suited for this type of work, to early conditioning, to their...more
Koby S. 8 Rdg
This book is about navy seal dogs and how they help us in the war. His actions inspired the writer, and the book’s most exciting passages are Ritland’s reports of dog feats in high tension situations in Iraq and Afghanistan.Ritland was a Navy SEAL who found his way into the military working dog (MWD) program when it was first made.I gave this book 5 stars because I thought this book was really informative about the dogs. It really give you an idea about what dogs can do.
The information in this book is quite good. Gives a very different view of dogs. (Makes my not nice dog at home seem just right for them!) Gives a great view of joining the services. Unfortunately the writing is choppy and not well organized, though.
Priya Kanaparti
5-stars - To tell you the truth, I didn't know what to expect from this book when I requested to read it from Netgalley. I mean I knew it had military plot plus DOGS! I mean what a great combination?

In any case, after reading the book, I was left wanting to read more about those serving in the military. I've got a more profound respect to those that have served to keep the rest of us safe, especially the MWD (Military Working Dog)!!! The author does an excellent job of story-telling and providi...more
Cole Ho
I found this book to be well written. Certainly informative on how a dog behaves and a great book for people who actually own their own dog.
Great Non Fiction read - very interesting about Michael Ritland, his time with the SEALS and now his life as a dog trainer. The stories from other combat veterans and their dogs were amazing.
Trainer Mike Ritland goes through how he became a Navy Seal and what led him to train dogs for the Seals. Very detailed, but written in a very readable style. Would recommend to students in junior high to adults.
Paul Mccarthy
I didn't know what to expect from this book when I got it. After reading it, what I got was a more profound respect for the men, women, and dogs that have served the United States military. Ritland does an excellent job of telling the story of only a few of some of this country's fiercest warriors. Each chapter was devoted to one MWD (military working dog) and their handler. The reader is given a mental picture of several wartime situations that the SEALs and MWDs work though together all while...more
Another best seller for Author and U.S. Navy SEAL,
Mike Ritland. Navy SEAL Dogs delivers a window to 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 knowing that 100% of the proceeds from this youth rendition of Trident K9Warriors will be benefit the Scholastic Book Fund... Speaks volumes about this Veteran A...more
Drake Maddox
It won't let me read them
I had higher expectations for the book - more stories of the K-9's and their handlers, not so much about the author's business plan. I am even more irritated that I also purchased "Trident K9 Warriors: My Tale from the Training Ground to the Battlefield with Elite Navy SEAL Canines" and it is a replica of this book!!!! There may be a few additions but certainly not additional chapters or stories. Its the same thing just packaged differently! Very MAD!
Mrs. Kenyon
This book is a compilation of tales about Navy SEAL Dogs. Some stories are about events during combat and others during down time. These events are interesting, but since it was about many different dogs, it was hard to keep going. The portions discussing the selection and training of the dogs was just too tedious. Unless a reader is strongly interested in the military or dogs, I can't image multiple copies of this flying off the shelf.
I am continuously amazed at the things that dogs can do. It is also clear that they are way smarter than most people give them credit for. I read this book after seeing the segment about it on 60 Minutes. I would have liked more information about the actual training that occurs, but I also enjoyed the stories of how these dogs help soldiers in all kinds of situations.

Really loved this! True story of a Navy Seal who now trains dogs for combat. Beautiful stories and very inspiring. And my mom will be shocked, but maybe I love dogs after all. Great book and worth the read!!
It wasn't exactly what I thought it would be, but it was definitely interesting--especially the portions detailing training philosophy.
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