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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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