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
A pleasant and moving tribute to the SOF K9's. Mike's passion is contagious. Well put together and interesting material.
Great to listen to. Mr.Rittland tells how he transforms dogs wuth a personality nobody would ever understand into dog versions of the Navy Seals. Outstanding. Thanks you for your continued service to our country.
Yes, Good read for anyone that wants a better understanding of what K9 units do and wants an insight into a vague idea of what working dogs and methods used to train them. I say vague because while the book has plenty of details there's much more to it than you would think.
Most interesting to me was talking about the training methods used to teach the dogs and how they would select them. Surprisingly some of the deployment stories weren't as good as I had expected. Maybe they just weren't written in a very exciting way. Those parts seemed a little dry.
No, It was pretty matter of fact and I wasn't really surprised by any of it. Good insights, but nothing crazy. It will give you a respect for the dog's, trainers, and handlers and what they go through and have to know.
Jumps around a little too much. The story doesn't seem to have an overall story that binds everything together. It jumps from deployments, to training, to history etc. Then kind of randomly selects one of those three to go back through in various orders.
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.
I presently live in Central TX after spending 35 years in S FL. I was born and grew up in NW LA. I have been a reader my entire life.
When I saw the book, and then acquired it, I thought it was going to be like "War Dogs," or any of the other books of that ilk.... it's not. But then again it is, too. The author tells of his stories, and a modicum of his life story. There are quite a few "war stories," and I am sure many people would check out when that stream of narrative began. I liked it, though. The author carries through explaining about how the dogs are trained, then gives examples of how the training was instrumental in achieving various results. That method of storytelling is very illustrative of the rationales behind various training scenarios.
All in all, it's an OK read ( or listen, in my case) if there is already some knowledge about the training and uses of the canines. The was stories are pretty good, too..... but then again, I LOVE war stories, of any type......
The way the author relayed the information. Anyone could pick up a lot of tips of tips for training their dogs from this book.
The current evolution of the training and uses of/for dogs in SOF and other military.
No. It was a little dry, almost like a school textbook but if you are interested in dogs, dog training, or special operation warfare it's worth reading.
This book read more like a manual with examples from real life. However, the stories in the last half were incredible. I'm sure there are many more incredible stories that dog handlers from other SEAL teams could add to show how that the dogs are just as elite as their handlers.
I didn't know much about how the military in general and the seals specially used dogs so this book was very enlightening. The narration was well done and the stories of the dogs riveting. I am amazed at how dedicated and loyal they are. Our country should be proud of these unsung heroes.
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