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
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.
Did not read the print
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.
How the author felt about the dogs that were too tough for adoption by anybody other than him.
If you love dogs and enjoy miltary stories then this is a good listen.
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.
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.
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.
No but it could maybe use restructuring with some of the history fluff pulled out.
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.
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