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Navy Seal Dogs: My Tale of Training Canines for Combat

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Publisher Comments:

Trident K9 Warriors gave readers an inside look at the SEAL teams' elite K9 warriors—who they are, how they are trained, and the extreme missions they undertake to save lives. From detecting explosives to eliminating the bad guys, these powerful dogs are also some of the smartest and highest skilled working animals on the planet. Mike Ritland's job is to train them.

This special edition re-telling presents the dramatic tale of how Ritland discovered his passion and grew up to become the trainer of the nation's most elite military working dogs. Ritland was a smaller-than-average kid who was often picked-on at school—which led him to spend more time with dogs at a young age. After graduating BUD/S training—the toughest military training in the world—to become a SEAL, he was on combat deployment in Iraq when he saw a military working dog in action and instantly knew he'd found his true calling.

Ritland started his own company to train and supply working and protection dogs for the U.S. Government, Department of Defense, and other clients. He also started the Warrior Dog Foundation to help retired Special Operations dogs live long and happy lives after their service.

This is the true story of how Mike Ritland grew from a skinny, bullied child, to a member of our nation's most elite SEAL Teams, to the trainer of the world's most highly skilled K9 warriors.

Review:

"This engrossing if sometimes discursive YA adaptation of Ritland's Trident K9 Warriors draws from his multiple deployments as a Navy SEAL, as well as his training of dogs for military service. The former inspired the latter, and the book's most gripping passages are Ritland's reports of canine feats in high-tension situations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Though most descriptions are secondhand and involve Ritland's Navy SEAL peers, he successfully conveys a you-are-there sense of immediacy and urgency. Extensive quotations from participants in these military operations provide behind-the-scenes perspective and underscore the dogs' personalities and skills. Chapters detailing the training of military dogs and their handlers will be of greatest interest to dog lovers. Back matter includes a glossary of military terms and acronyms, as well as a capsule history of the roles dogs have played in various wars. Ages 13 — up." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

MIKE RITLAND joined the Navy in 1996 and graduated with BUD/S class 215. After years as a member of SEAL Team 3, he became a BUD/S instructor and then started his own company to train dogs for the SEAL teams. Today he continues to supply working and protection dogs to a host of clients, including the U.S. government and Department of Defense. He also started the Warrior Dog Foundation to help retired Special Operations dogs live long and happy lives after their service.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781250041821
Author:
Ritland, Michael
Publisher:
Griffin
Author:
Feldman
Author:
Feldman, Thea
Author:
Brozek, Gary
Author:
Thea
Subject:
Military & Wars
Subject:
Animals - Dogs
Subject:
History, modern
Subject:
Children s Nonfiction-Animals
Edition Description:
Young Adult Nonfiction
Publication Date:
20131031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Plus one 16-page black-and-white photogr
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 13 up to 18

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Children's » Animals » General
Children's » Animals » Pets
Children's » History » World History
Children's » Nonfiction » Animals
Children's » Nonfiction » World History » General
History and Social Science » Military » Special Forces
History and Social Science » Military » US Military » General
Pets » Dogs » Training
Reference » Science Reference » Technology
Young Adult » Nonfiction » Biographies

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This engrossing if sometimes discursive YA adaptation of Ritland's Trident K9 Warriors draws from his multiple deployments as a Navy SEAL, as well as his training of dogs for military service. The former inspired the latter, and the book's most gripping passages are Ritland's reports of canine feats in high-tension situations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Though most descriptions are secondhand and involve Ritland's Navy SEAL peers, he successfully conveys a you-are-there sense of immediacy and urgency. Extensive quotations from participants in these military operations provide behind-the-scenes perspective and underscore the dogs' personalities and skills. Chapters detailing the training of military dogs and their handlers will be of greatest interest to dog lovers. Back matter includes a glossary of military terms and acronyms, as well as a capsule history of the roles dogs have played in various wars. Ages 13 — up." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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