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

As Seen on “60 Minutes”!

As a Navy SEAL during a combat deployment in Iraq, Mike Ritland saw a military working dog in action and instantly knew he’d found his true calling. Ritland started his own company training and supplying dogs for the SEAL teams, U.S. Government, and Department of Defense. He knew that fewer than 1 percent of all working dogs had what it takes to contribute to the success of our nation’s elite combat units, and began searching 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, Trident K9 Warriors gives readers an inside look at these elite canines—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.

3 thoughts on “Trident K9 Warriors: My Tale from the Training Ground to the Battlefield with Elite Navy SEAL Canines

  1. huskymg

    Good Read This book is an easy, enjoyable read. I’ve read several books about Navy Seals and several more on the topic of Military Working Dogs. This book is definitely a favorite as it merges the two. The book details the highly refined process of developing some of the best trained dogs in the world for dangerous, life-threatening missions. While it does focus more on the training and development of the Military Working Dogs than it does the training and development of Navy Seals, Mike Ritland goes…

  2. Brandon Webb

    Fellow Teammate I’ve known Mike since we graduated BUD/S Class 215 together. He’s an incredible individual with a passion for training these amazing animals.I give most my teammates, but not all, honest reviews on their books. This one is no exception, and I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in what goes into training these incredible four-legged teammates.Great work Mike.Brandon, Former Navy SEAL Editor of SOFREP.com, and NY Times Best Selling author of The…

  3. flhtse05

    Must read Being a Viet Nam Dog Handler I was very interested in Mike’s book of todays war dogs. Mike does a great job of explaining the bond between the handler and the dog. We were not allowed to bring our dogs home when we left Nam and I spent the last two days in country in my dog’s (BRUNO) kennel. That was 40 years ago and I still think of Bruno. Thank you Mike for sharing, thank you for your service active and now supplying dogs to the military. The lives saved by these brave warriors is countless…


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