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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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above and beyond the call of duty

I didn't know much about how the military in general and the seals specially used dogs so this book was very enlightening. The narration was well done and the stories of the dogs riveting. I am amazed at how dedicated and loyal they are. Our country should be proud of these unsung heroes.

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awesome book

found this book very informative and enjoyed listening to it. I will put this in my resume read column. Great read

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A great history of SOF WMD utilization & training

The review title says it all - this is a thorough and personal account of military canines, with focus on the author's specialty of modern working mil dogs which he trains. That said and in that context, this book is a knockout with a mix of great detail on the training and incidental example stories mixed in... if you go into understanding the intent, you will not be disappointed. If you are looking for something like non-stop K9 mission accounts in every paragraph, then this is not the book for you.
The content is detailed enough for any enthusiast or mil type, yet keeps moving along to new subject matter in a timely fashion with every chapter.
The performance likewise is "just right", providing enough inflection and emotion to keep it real without overacting.

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Very well told stories

Love it, was very interesting. great story from someone that knows their shit, and is a truly great asset to the USA.

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Great book

Really good informative book and how dogs are trained and work with America's best. Very entertaining book.

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Awesome book

This is one of the best books I've listen to recently. I'm so impressed by the bravery of these dogs. May God bless them and their handlers.

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Good read

Good but a little to much history not enough story.. I wish it taught more techniques of training a dog.

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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.

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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.

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  • Michael
  • Coatesville, PA, United States
  • 05-02-13

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.