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Trident K9 Warriors: My Tale From the Training Ground to the Battlefield with Elite Navy SEAL Canines | [Michael Ritland, Gary Brozek]

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

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Gloria Providence,R.I. 06-26-13
    Gloria Providence,R.I. 06-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Heartwarming in many ways"
    What made the experience of listening to Trident K9 Warriors the most enjoyable?

    Getting a behind-the-scenes look at how military dogs are trained and used.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Trident K9 Warriors?

    Hearing Sampson's story.


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Gurner – was your favorite?

    n/a


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator did a fine job, but it was sometimes hard to discern who was talking when the author had written a dialogue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Luc 05-13-13
    Luc 05-13-13
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    "Rethink your dog"
    Where does Trident K9 Warriors rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Expert information.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Trident K9 Warriors?

    The dog stories: Nemo, Rocket, Poncho - all of them.


    What three words best describe Jeff Gurner’s performance?

    Steady, a little monotone.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Sort of, I don't really listen like that.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Coatesville, PA, United States 05-02-13
    Michael Coatesville, PA, United States 05-02-13
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    "Excellent read about our miltary working dogs"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Trident K9 Warriors to be better than the print version?

    Did not read the print


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Trident K9 Warriors?

    When the author discussed the feats of courage that dogs would perform with their handlers. Amazing animals just like the special forces and SEALS they work with.


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Gurner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Nope


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    How the author felt about the dogs that were too tough for adoption by anybody other than him.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love dogs and enjoy miltary stories then this is a good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas 04-25-13
    Thomas 04-25-13
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    "Spent too much time on fluff."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Probably not but it held my interest slightly enough to half way listen and finish. I was hesitate in reading this based on the few reviews. While it wasn't a terrible read, it certainly spent more time than it should on different parts of history that doesn't seem to add to the overall thesis of the book.
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    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The war story's the author shared of different dogs and their handlers. The author does a good job in portraying the different personalities of the dogs.

    The author tends to repeat himself numerous times on several things. I can't count the times I heard him refer to the finding and then a paragraph down he says the same or similar sentence.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Like mentioned above, the author does a great job at describing the scene and "characters". This made all the recounts of scenes enjoyable to listen to.


    Do you think Trident K9 Warriors needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No but it could maybe use restructuring with some of the history fluff pulled out.


    Any additional comments?

    Again, this wasn't a bad read and the performance by Jeff was good. I probably wouldn't recommend it to a war buff or dog lover, unfortunately.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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