As a SEAL on combat deployment in Iraq, Mike Ritland saw a military working dog in action and instantly knew he found his true calling. While the SEAL teams had used dogs in the past, they never had dogs trained specifically by SEALs, for SEALs. To fill this void, Ritland started his own company after he retired, training and supplying dogs for the West Coast SEAL teams. He knew that less than 1% of all working dogs had what it takes to contribute to the success of our nation’s elite combat units.
He searched 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, listeners get an inside look at these elite K9 warriors - 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.
©2013 Michael Ritland and Gary Brozek (P)2013 Macmillan Audio
informative and interesting
No easy day, this book provides lots of background into the training and lives of our special forces.
This was a great listen. Fascinating how much time and thought, from a very early age, goes into these four legged soldiers. Not surprising how the humans who serve with the dogs enjoy having them around. Like the author, I hope our government, and if not government then society, keeps these programs going even when we are not heavily occupied in conflict.
Interested at all in dogs? Have any dogs of your own? You will appreciate and find the funny parts of this book equally entertaining.
The review title says it all - this is a thorough and personal account of military canines, with focus on the author's specialty of modern working mil dogs which he trains. That said and in that context, this book is a knockout with a mix of great detail on the training and incidental example stories mixed in... if you go into understanding the intent, you will not be disappointed. If you are looking for something like non-stop K9 mission accounts in every paragraph, then this is not the book for you.
The content is detailed enough for any enthusiast or mil type, yet keeps moving along to new subject matter in a timely fashion with every chapter.
The performance likewise is "just right", providing enough inflection and emotion to keep it real without overacting.
I liked this book A LOT!! I have performance dogs and compete in Canine Nosework with them. This book goes into great detail on the training and working with scent detection dogs and it all makes great sense and confirms what I've been taught. LOVE the positive reinforcement training aspect too!!
I liked how the main character explained in detail the training and how the dogs worked in the field.
don't really have a favorite, but I really liked the funny scenarios.
How the handler dealt with the dog who didn't have an IED to find for several days started to shutdown. I liked how he returned to several positive training moments to rejuvenate the dog's drive. Reminded me of working too many empty rooms for NW3 training.
I didn't know dogs worked with navy seals and I feel proud that they do.
Getting a behind-the-scenes look at how military dogs are trained and used.
Hearing Sampson's story.
The narrator did a fine job, but it was sometimes hard to discern who was talking when the author had written a dialogue.
The dog stories: Nemo, Rocket, Poncho - all of them.
Steady, a little monotone.
Sort of, I don't really listen like that.
This book will help you understand your dog better. The author gets it. His experience training top working dogs to integrate with top teams is a testament to professionalism. Pet owners can do a little vicarious living in the stories and take away tips to enhance their own human / canine relationships.
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