• Team Dog

  • How to Train Your Dog - the Navy SEAL Way
  • By: Mike Ritland
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (1,267 ratings)

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By: Mike Ritland
Narrated by: John Pruden
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New York Times best selling author and former Navy SEAL Mike Ritland teaches you how to give your dog the exceptional training and loyalty of a combat dog.

In Team Dog, Mike taps into fifteen years' worth of experience and shares, in accessible and direct language, the science behind the importance of gaining a dog's trust. He also offers invaluable steps for achieving any level of obedience. His unique approach incorporates entertaining examples and anecdotes from his work with dogs on and off the battlefield and tips from the Navy SEAL guidebook to teach dog owners how to choose the perfect dog for their household, establish themselves as the "team leader," master "command and control," employ "situational awareness," and solidify their dog's position as the family's ultimate best friend.

Team Dogintroduces pet owners everywhere to the new and distinctive authority on how to train your dog … the Navy SEAL way.

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©2015 Mike Ritland (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Here's what's wrong with the book...

I am both a HUGE fan of Navy Seals and of dog psychology. So when I saw this book I was needless to say pretty damn excited. But I was pretty let down. Here's why:

1. It doesn't actually teach you anything about training a dog the "Navy Seal Way". It merely has the same dog training advice you can get in any other book, only this one is poorly explained and there's far less information overall. The title is completely misleading. Although I suppose I should of seen that coming because to train a dog the "Navy Seal Way" would mean that you'd be training a war dog. Which is neither practical nor safe.

2. This book should have been called "Dog Anatomy", because that's what it's mostly about. It goes into GREAT length about the science of nutrition, how it affects the dogs muscles, tooth care, bite force, raw diets vs. dry diets and the science behind each. The book goes on and on about the color of a dog's gums and what that means, tongue color, texture, eye discharge etc... etc... etc... It describes every possible health scenario, and then proceeds to describe every possible symptom and every possible cure, no matter how rare or obscure. I'm not a vet, nor do I aspire to be one. I wanted to learn about dog training, not dog anatomy.

3. His training philosophies are sound, but poorly explained.

4. Narrator was a bit sing-songy for me. He sounded like he was talking to children.

When he was talking about training, the book was good. But honestly maybe only 20-30% of the book is about training. The rest is about how to be a vet. It left me very disappointed.

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Buy it!

This was the third book I've listened to and, in my view the best yet. The first was a scientific view into dogs (yawn). The second was a celebrity with his own show.
Maybe its because I'm a former soldier and appreciate the authors style but I found this book very informative. I recommend it.

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Not just a dog guide but a family guide

Training dogs is important and essential to a positive relationship with our beloved pets. Dogs are creatures of habit and repetition. Not only did I learn what I have been doing correctly but I learned more about how I can enjoy my dogs. Respect is key and I believe this book is as much about how to raise a great family dog as it is about how to train your family.

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great information!

there is no reason you cannot train your dog or understand it better after this book!

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meh

no particular seal training or advanced teaching. just posture and clicker training. this is just an intro to dog training and see a professional if you cant get your dog to behave

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Excellent book

Good book for the beginner dog trainer, really enjoyed it and learned alot, my dog responded well to almost everything he said

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Now I get it.

What did you love best about Team Dog?

I feel like I finally understand how a dog thinks. I get the "why". I'm getting a GSD pup in a couple of days. Will difinetely implow clicker training. The "indifferent" initial contact will be difficult for me but Mike lays the foundation for the importance of this.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Toby - great example. Made me smile.

What about John Pruden’s performance did you like?

Outstanding narrator. He seemed to get it.

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

Contact front!

Any additional comments?

I look forward to reading more of Mike's books.

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I wish I had the time to employ this training

nicely written and read audiobook. I just finished listening for the first time, and will listen again, hopefully with a game plan to actually do some of the things suggested. even though I doubt my ability to actually employ all these great methods, this book has already influenced how I relate to my dog aside from formal training sessions, which I struggle to accomplish having three small children to also care for and relate to.

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Well done

Enjoyed the story and knowledge he gives.
Very informative and accurate. I would recommend listening especially if new to raising dogs.

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Needs More Training Techniques But Great

Great information on psychological and health of your dog to make your relationship healthy and training more productive.

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