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
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.
Self made, independent deep thinker, who never follows blindly just because you told me to! Man for others...
Paws, Teeth, Duty
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.
Say something about yourself!
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.
Yes, story line was great very informative.
I would have to say the various SOF dogs based on the stories he told.
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.
Excellent book. I highly recommend it to anyone slightly interested in MWDs.
Yes. Excellent read.
Same as title.
After reading this book if not famililar with working dog breeds, do not get the bright idea to purchase one.
The knowledge and thoughtfulness and attention to detail of the author.
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.
The MWD that chases down an Insurgent trying to get away on a moped.
To me it was fascinating from cover to cover, but no, not all in one sitting. I like breaking it up.
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.
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.
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