Navy SEAL Dogs

My Tale of Training Canines for Combat

Michael Ritland with Gary Brozek and Thea Feldman

St. Martin's Griffin

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Trident K9 Warriors gave readers an inside look at the Navy SEAL teams' 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.

This special edition re-telling presents the dramatic tale of how Ritland discovered his passion and grew up to become the trainer of the nation's most elite military working dogs. Ritland was a smaller-than-average kid who was often picked-on at school—which led him to spend more time with dogs at a young age. After graduating BUD/S training—the toughest military training in the world—to become a SEAL, he was on combat deployment in Iraq when he saw a military working dog in action and instantly knew he'd found his true calling.

Ritland started his own company to train and supply working and protection dogs for the U.S. Government, Department of Defense, and other clients. He also started the Warrior Dog Foundation to help retired Special Operations dogs live long and happy lives after their service.

Navy SEAL Dogs is the true story of how Mike Ritland grew from a skinny, bullied child, to a member of our nation's most elite SEAL Teams, to the trainer of the world's most highly skilled K9 warriors.

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A VISIT TO CHOPPER AND BRETT

 
 
Southeastern California, 2010
The dog lay in the shade of a palm tree, his head up and his ears at attention. He was scanning the desert scrubland, vigilant, the muscles beneath the heavy fur of his flanks taut and ready. Even from behind him, I could see his tongue lolling out of the side of his mouth, flopping like a pink fish.
“Chopper,” the man beside me said.
The dog turned to look at us, his expression keenly alert, his dark eyes intent.
“Heerre.

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"Special force SEALs are elite enough, but SEAL dogs are a breed apart. Fascinating . . . About time these heroes got the attention they deserved for a young audience."

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"Navy SEAL Dogs gives a unique insider account of the training and deployment of these special animals and their handlers. Ritland does a superb job of detailing these dogs in combat, as well as the bond between operator and K-9. Readers are sure to be surprised by the different levels of service and skill that go into making an elite team of two legged and four legged SEALs."—Howard Wasdin, former Navy SEAL and New York Times bestselling author of I Am A SEAL Team Six Warrior

"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 Dogs."

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


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About the Author

Michael Ritland with Gary Brozek and Thea Feldman

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 Warrior Dog Foundation to help retired Special Operations dogs live long and happy lives after their service.

Michael Ritland
Gary Brozek
Thea Feldman

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Navy SEAL Dogs
My Tale of Training Canines for Combat
Michael Ritland with Gary Brozek and Thea Feldman

e-Book Agency

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
October 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466840232
ISBN10: 1466840234
Young Adult Nonfiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 208 pages, + one 16 page black and white photo insert
Age Range: 13 to 18
Grade Range: 7 and up
$9.99

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Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
October 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781250041821
ISBN10: 1250041821
Young Adult Nonfiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 208 pages, Plus one 16-page black-and-white photograph insert, and one map
Age Range: 13 to 18
Grade Range: 7 and up
$17.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
1/13/2015
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250049698
ISBN10: 1250049695
Young Adult Nonfiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 208 pages, Plus one 16-page black-and-white photograph insert
Age Range: 13 to 18
Grade Range: 7 and up
$9.99
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