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Trident K9 Warriors: My Tale From the Training Ground to the Battlefield with Elite Navy SEAL Canines

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Michael Ritland, Gary Brozek

Narrated By: Jeff Gurner

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Date: March 2013

Duration: 7 hours 36 minutes

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 highly skilled working animals on the planet.

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  • Alan Leah

    Very good book explaining the history and procedures used training these incredible soldiers.

  • Andrew Call

    Great book with interestingness stories and background on dogs in the military.