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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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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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    asa Beaverton, OR, United States 04-22-13
    asa Beaverton, OR, United States 04-22-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A unique story written and read very well"

    This book is definitely worth every penny. It delivers a unique story that is both written and read very well. I'm really not sure why one of the other reviewers says this is a boring history book. There is some history in the book, but(as the author states) it really serves the listener, as to really understand what goes into the "making" of these dogs, you need to know some of "military-dog" related history. But this book is by no means only this(history). It delivers exactly what the title says, giving many different accounts/stories of the dogs and their SEAL handlers, both state side and down-range. And, just as the books title states, you also get some of the authors background along with detailed accounts of his training of the dogs as well as working them.
    The narrator of the book(Jeff Gurner) does a great job reading, putting just the right amount of emotion into it. Mr.Hurner has also clearly done his "homework", since he pronounces the military-terms correctly. I point this out because, most unfortunately other "Navy-Seal" book narrators have not. I'm specifically referring the pronunciation of BUDS, which for some reason always ends up getting pronounced incorrectly, like having each individual letter spelled out or a myriad of other incorrect ways.

    So, I guess if I were "forced" to find fault in this book, this only thing I could say is that it's to short.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    James Bel Air, MD, United States 05-17-13
    James Bel Air, MD, United States 05-17-13 Member Since 2011

    Self made, independent deep thinker, who never follows blindly just because you told me to! Man for others...

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    If you could sum up Trident K9 Warriors in three words, what would they be?

    Paws, Teeth, Duty


    Any additional comments?

    I am sure this is a book many will not purchase unless they have a passion for working dogs and what they can do for us as humans. The stories in this book however, demonstrate how little we rely on what I would call a low tech solution to the problems we are facing today in modern warfare. K9's have a sense, we as humans have only begun to scratch the surface of what these animals can do. They protect us and lead us to safer environments through a growing need find peace in a difficult and challenging set of problems. These animals and trainers/handlers demonstrate how useful of a tool these animals are to the soldiers they support. This book is a great account of this low tech solution has been overlooked by our leaders to solve problems. These animals, when used in combination with technologies will help our soldiers and police officers to serve and protect us more in the future. This book is a great account of how these animals are used in conflicts today around the world.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    DS 04-25-13
    DS 04-25-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Dogs have become indispensable in war"

    I've owned many different breeds of large dogs, and I thought I knew about training them, but this book was an eye opener on the abilities of dogs and how they're trained to go to war. Great read and I learned a lot.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Richard 05-14-13
    Richard 05-14-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent!!!"
    Would you listen to Trident K9 Warriors again? Why?

    Yes, story line was great very informative.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I would have to say the various SOF dogs based on the stories he told.


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

    Mainly the part where a Seal had to give his dog up due to him having another deployment left and the Seal leaving active duty. It was such a great story.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent book. I highly recommend it to anyone slightly interested in MWDs.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brett OLIVE BRANCH, MS, United States 07-01-13
    Brett OLIVE BRANCH, MS, United States 07-01-13
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    "Excellent read."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Excellent read.


    What other book might you compare Trident K9 Warriors to and why?

    None.


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

    All.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Same as title.


    Any additional comments?

    After reading this book if not famililar with working dog breeds, do not get the bright idea to purchase one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    #24 fan Wisconsin, USA 06-27-13
    #24 fan Wisconsin, USA 06-27-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Incredible book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Trident K9 Warriors the most enjoyable?

    The knowledge and thoughtfulness and attention to detail of the author.


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

    Descriptions of some of the training the dogs go through. I didn't realize they do aerobics and lift weights (for lack of a better term) to build their endurance. Makes sense, I was just surprised to hear it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The MWD that chases down an Insurgent trying to get away on a moped.


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

    To me it was fascinating from cover to cover, but no, not all in one sitting. I like breaking it up.


    Any additional comments?

    If not the best book I've listened to it is certainly in my top 3. If you like dogs, and the military, this is your book. Most of it covers selection of the dogs, training them and what is expected of the handlers and team mates. The last 1/3 or so is stories about events that take place down range.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth GAINESVILLE, FL, United States 06-24-13
    Elizabeth GAINESVILLE, FL, United States 06-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A must buy"
    If you could sum up Trident K9 Warriors in three words, what would they be?

    informative and interesting


    What other book might you compare Trident K9 Warriors to and why?

    No easy day, this book provides lots of background into the training and lives of our special forces.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M 05-19-13
    M 05-19-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Great book"

    A really interesting book that kept me awake long hours, could'nt stop listening.
    To those who like war books and dogs, this is a must.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Panama City, United States Minor Outlying Islands 04-18-13
    Lee Panama City, United States Minor Outlying Islands 04-18-13 Member Since 2009
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    "A high school history book"
    Any additional comments?

    This book for the most part is not what it is advertised to be. You get a little bit about the dogs used by the SEAL's and a whole lot of history. Good luck staying awake!

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Highway0311 Florida 08-19-14
    Highway0311 Florida 08-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Working Dog's from a SEAL point of view."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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