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Before there was Max, there was Mike. A true story much like the touching movie, Navy SEAL Dogs explores the incomparable relationship between trainer and military dog.From the author of Team Dog, Trident K9 Warriors gave readers an inside look at the Navy SEAL teams' elite K9 warriors-who they are, how they are trained, and the extreme missions they undertake to save liveBefore there was Max, there was Mike. A true story much like the touching movie, Navy SEAL Dogs explores the incomparable relationship between trainer and military dog.From the author of Team Dog, Trident K9 Warriors gave readers an inside look at the Navy 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.Navy SEAL Dogs 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....

Title : Navy SEAL Dogs: My Tale of Training Canines for Combat
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Navy SEAL Dogs: My Tale of Training Canines for Combat Reviews

  • Jean Poulos
    2019-05-07 08:48

    Ritland tells of his early life and interest in canines. He joined the NAVY at age 17 and eventually became a SEAL and then a dog handler, then MWD (Military Working Dog) trainer. I like that Ritland warns that the breeds of dogs, he trains in the Navy SEALs are not a breed for the average city bound civilian.Ritland goes into depth about how dogs are chosen; the temperament needed for the Special Operation Forces dogs. He discusses the enormous amount of training that goes into each dog and handler team. Except when deployed into a war zone, the book takes place at his dog training facility in San Diego, California. This book is not for everyone as it goes into great detail about the training and the importance of the K-9 teams in combat rather than an entertaining story. I understand there is a children’s version of the book. The book is well written, the author does a good job telling about his time training and handling MWDs. Some of the stories are sad, but some have humor, but all reveal the bond between the dog and the handler. Ritland is now retired from the Navy and has his own MWD training facility. He is also working with the Warrior Dog Foundation. The Foundation’s goal is to make certain that retired MWDs are able to live out the remainder of their lives in a positive environment. If you are interested in canines and the military, this book should interest you.I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible. It is a little over 6 hours long. Michael Kramer does a great job narrating the book. Kramer is an actor and an award-winning audiobook narrator.

  • Hunter
    2019-05-11 00:32

    Hunter ConettaEnglish B10/26/14 Outside Reading Review1.Navy SEAL Dogs, Mike Ritland2.Main characters, Mike Ritland, Brett and his dog chopper, Wayne and his dog Luke, Lloyd and his dog Cairo, Aaron and his dog Castor and Dave and his dog Samson3.The book Navy SEAL Dogs starts with a prologue about a mission in Northern Afghanistan in an area that is heavily populated with Taliban insurgents. A Navy SEAL team was to take out or in other words kill a high ranked terrorist who creates bombs and other weapons. The SEAL team to trek 30KM to the target. The team was equipped with an attack dog named Chopper and his handler is named Brett. The Team was dropped in the dead of night, as soon as they hit the ground the dogs was vigilantly searching and smelling for any threats. About fifteen minutes down their hike, Chopper was acting strange his tail was moving in an awkward way so the team knew something was wrong. When Chopper made a low whimpering sound that signaled that they were not alone, the enemy was near. Brett took Chopper off the lease and said “ Reviver” which means search. Chopper bolted in to the darkness. Then they heard dog snarls and human screaming. He had disarmed and captured several Taliban insurgents. In the embankment were the insurgents were hiding they found several automatic weapons and hundreds of bullets. The Next Section is about how the author got involved with the military and its K-9s. When the author, Mike Ritland, was a child he had a black lab named Bud and it was his best friend ever. Mike’s dad trained Bud for hunting purposes but he also was a well-trained house pet. Mike grandfathers on both sides of his family fought in the US Army. So mike enlisted himself in to the navy and later on he joined the Seals. He was fighting in Iraq alongside the US marines in the war against Sadam Hussein. In Tikrit the marines had introduced bomb-sniffing dogs to make the advance through the bomb-ridden streets and homes easier. When him and a marine unit came upon a small hut in Tikrit the marines had black lab that detected several grenade traps in the hut. The next Section is about how he trains the dogs to sniff out bombs and detect enemies. He starts when they are just puppies. He likes to get them comfortable other humans so there is a lot of playing and cuddling with the Belgian Malines puppies. When the dogs are about older he starts to put the puppies in open spaces and hides treats for them to find on their own. Then he introduces them to explosive odors. He gets them use to the smell and associates it with treats. The when the dogs know to look for the explosive odor he teaches them to signal it by either having the dog sit or wag his tail. The next stage is attack. The handler is given a key word that tells the dog to find and assault the enemy by tracking its foreign odor. The last section is about the Navy Seal’s many adventures with their dogs. From Iraq to Afghanistan.4. I thought this was an interesting book about the US military and its top-notch dogs. I personally love dogs and I really like reading about the Navy SEALs. This is not the best SEAL book I have ever read but it was a very good one. I liked it because I never knew how the dogs were trained and how long it takes. I am also intrigued about the dedication and level of skill the SEALS have.

  • Reece
    2019-05-02 00:30

    This book was what i expected it to be. It had a great story about the seals, and Mikes experience in Afghanistan. If you love dogs or the military you will want to read this book. Mike goes into big details about his time training seal members, seal dogs, and fighting with the seal teams. There is lots if information about the training required for seals and the things you will do in it. He also talks about his drive for joining the military. In all i would rate this book 9/10.

  • SheLove2Read
    2019-05-08 06:29

    Navy SEAL Dogs for me was one of those hidden gems of a book. I freely admit I picked this one up based on the cover alone. I'm a huge dog lover and I have a great fondness for rescue dogs, especially MWD, or military working dogs. When I was in the Navy myself, I can vividly recall some of these truly majestic animals on patrol, or guarding the gates at the Naval bases I was stationed at. The author takes you from his time as a scrawny kid, or in his words "a late bloomer" who loved dogs, to joining the Navy at 17 and eventually becoming a SEAL and handler, to his now passion of training these dogs who protect the ones who protect us. He describes in great detail how the dogs are chosen, the temperament needed for SOF (special operations forces) dogs, and the incredible amount of training that goes into each dog and handler team. By the time these teams are deployed, they truly are a unit and it is breathtaking to read about some of the missions and adventures these teams experience in the hot zones around the world. I admit it, I bawled in a few places. How can you not, reading about the dedication and perseverance of these beautiful creatures? One story that really got to me tells about an MWD named Carlos. Carlos and his handler were the victims of an undetected IED, which injured both of them greatly. Despite Carlos having collapsed lungs and breaking both of his back legs and hips, he still managed to crawl to his "Dad", and protect him until his fellow team members could get to them. Even then, they had to calm Carlos down before they could get them both to safety. All Carlos knew was that his buddy was hurt and he was going to make sure that nobody else did any harm to him. Ready for those tissues now?

  • Danielle Wondergem
    2019-04-25 05:43

    The book Navy SEAL Dogs is a must read for anyone into dogs or the military. Navy SEAL Dogs shows what training dogs go through to become part of special forces teams. The author tells us that he starts training the dogs at the young age of 3 days old. Since the author was once a Navy SEAL and worked with dogs during his time as a Navy SEAL, he is able to give insight on what life is like for Navy SEALs and their dogs. I highly recommend this book.

  • Meghan
    2019-05-13 08:49

    If you really like dogs and military books then this is the book for you! You must like both types though.

  • Laura
    2019-05-02 04:27

    I got this book at the Scholastic Book Fair because this year's batch of students are much more interested in dog books than I expected. Last year's kids were into war. Who knows what next year's kids will like but I'm hoping they'll like this one.I'm always left yearning to learn more about the dogs. They're fantastic dogs with war stories of their own. They're heroes but their stories aren't told often enough.I look forward to talking up the book to my students. I hope they appreciate the dogs' stories as much as I do.

  • Juliet Palmer
    2019-05-07 04:53

    Do you like dogs? Like the military? Like military dogs? The book Navy Seal Dogs by Mike Ritland has everything you need. It fits into the genre of military, there is action, an autobiography about Mike’s experience with working with military dogs. The book takes place in many places all around the world, showing all of the elements soldiers and military work dogs go through. These Military Working Dogs (MWD) are mainly the breed of a Belgian Malinois, these dogs are perfect for the job. I was very interested in this book because it was over two topics I enjoy very much. The main character of this book is a soldier named Mike. He started out as a normal navy soldier, then after seeing what these MWD can do, he decided to transfer over to the field of training MWD. He has been doing this for many years. Normally he would start training these dogs when they are pups. When it comes to the military they need the best dogs, they have to be humanly aggressive, they need to follow every command, they need to be able to trace any scent, from a lost soldier, an enemy, bombs, and even drugs, and they need to have a very powerful bite. Mike spends his days training MWD to be the best they can be. Mike puts these dogs in a lot of training, none where the dog gets hurt. Mike trains multiple dogs and he trains MWD in a certain way. He treats them when do what they are told to do and when they follow directions. He starts training MWD as young as he is able to, he likes to activate their different abilities young, like their sensing skills, hearing, etc. starting these young gives MWD an advantage in the long run. MWD retire just like soldiers, after retirement you can adopt one of these MWD. I give this book five out of five stars. The author wrote this book with a lot of detail, there is no way you can get confused. He does use some military terms which may be confusing to some people, but he explains all of the acronyms in the back of the book. He goes into great detail when it comes to his training tactics. I didn’t get lost in this book. I enjoyed this book very much. It has everything that I am interested in, dogs and the military. This is one of my newest favorite fun read books. This book is a great book overall. I suggest this book for anyone who is interested with military and dog books, some younger kids may have troubles reading this book.

  • Carter Vawracz
    2019-04-29 00:47

    In the book Navy SEAL Dogs by Mike Ritland tells us a story about the bonds and relationships soldiers have with their bogs. Throughout the chapters Mike explains how to train, care for, and take care of the dogs so they can be ready for anything that they might encounter. He takes us through an adventure using real life scenarios that the dogs might have to face in the field. One of the main characters names is Brett, his dog's name is Chopper. Brett has a lot of pride in his dog, he makes sure he is the best of the best making sure he is healthy 24/7 so he is ready for anything that might be thrown his way. I would recommend this book to any dog lovers or anyone who loves to read about modern war.

  • Ben Shaffery
    2019-04-26 00:30

    I really liked this book. It starts with the author grows up with his family and friends having dogs. He loves them and really wants one. He eventually gets his first dog named Bud in 6th grade. He develops a strong bond with him and an even greater love for dogs.This dog proves his how loyal dogs can really be. He grows skinny and not in great shape. Then he has a run in with some bullies so he started working out really intensely and got super muscular. Then he decided to join the military. During physical training he found the exercises very easy compared to the work out routine he made for himself.

  • Alex Conetta
    2019-05-13 00:26

    I give this book 3 stars because there wasn't as much action as I was hoping. Guess I can't judge a book by its cover.Navy SEAL dogs is a book about a former SEAL and SEAL dog trainer Mike Ritland. Mike grew up as your average American kid. When he was in school he got bullied which led him to join the Navy SEALs. Out in the heat of battle Mike has seen these dogs do the impossible, from sniffing out IED's to taking down wanted men. After seeing these acts Mike turns to training the dogs knowing what role they play and the importance they have. If you are someone who likes to see how dogs are trained and the role they play in the war this is the book for you.

  • Terri Schneider
    2019-05-12 01:27

    Thank you, Mike for your important work—your passion is moving. This is a mix of the nuts and bolts of training dogs for combat, stories of the dogs and trainers in action, with Mike's story, as to how he came to this work. With a bit more editing the total book would have been smoothed out a bit, blending all entities, but not sure that is all that necessary. it was an enlightening read. Being a dog lover I enjoyed hearing the details of how the dogs are trained. Mike shared in a way that unveiled the innate heart that the dogs bring to this kind of intense work. Being an admirer of how our men, women and canines work together in the field, I enjoyed the mix this book offered. My hats off for sharing the details of this important work!

  • Kris
    2019-05-21 07:45

    I really enjoyed this book. I am now going to train my Shitzu and my Scotch Collie all the techniques I have mastered. I hope the Sequel is cats.

  • Jacob Johnson
    2019-05-10 05:47

    The summary of the novel is basically "Navy SEAL Dogs-My tale of training canines for combat" takes you step by step of how MWD (Military Working Dog) handlers do to create a military dog. The author, Mike Ritland, is taking you through the training process. He tells you about the connection you have to have with these dogs, detection training, apprehension work, and most important of all bite work. The setting of the book takes place in San Diego, California, where their training facility is located. The requirements of becoming a MWD is that all dogs have to have rigorous training in order to become one. Results of this training is a MWD that has learned the skills and a great K-9 warrior. My opinion on "Navy SEAL Dogs: My Tale of Training Canines for Combat" is it is a great book. If you want further information on military dogs, then read this book because it goes into the exact training that these dog go through. Such as in the chapter Detection Work: Passing the Sniff Test, it tells you the estimate of how many scent receptors there are in a dog's nose. If you want to learn how they get the bond between the dog and the handler, you should read the chapter Bonds at Both Ends of the Leash and it will tell you the personal life of the handler and the K-9 warrior he is looking after. I would recommend this book for any one who loves dogs. It shows the pride and respect these dogs give off to their handlers.

  • Cole
    2019-05-05 00:49

    This book tells about how important the K9's are in the role of helping our troops. It all starts at the training camp in Washington. The dogs are taught at four months old to sniff out explosives, weapons and enemies. They are taught to find hidden explosives and other weapons that can hurt people.The dogs are pushed pass their limits and do what no other dogs can do. The training process takes 9 months to get the dogs ready for combat. During some of the training the trainers soak rags in explosive powder and bury the rags in the ground. They let the dogs loose to find the rags. Another requirement for these dogs is speed. They train the dogs for speed by dragging treats behind an ATV that is going 40-45 miles per hour. What I liked most about the book is learning how hard the training is for these dogs to become combat ready. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy reading about dogs or Navy Seals.

  • Dven Malekian
    2019-05-11 01:45

    I chose this book for two main reasons which are it was a new book and it was in the Scholastic so i decided to get it from my school library.The main plot of this book is that a Marine name Mike Ritland trains K-9 to be part of the Navy Seal Team.The dogs are intelligent and can do anything from detecting bombs to eliminating the bad guys which they are constantly brought to missions.My favorite quote from this book is when Mike says "The dog lay in the shade of a palm tree,his head up and his eyes at attention.He was scanning the desert scrubland,vigilant,the muscles beneath the heavy fur..."This is my favorite quote because it shoes good imagery like the setting also it was on the first page of the novel which makes it significant.I like the authors writing style because it is a true story and the point of view is in first person which makes it even more interesting to read.I would recommend to this book to teens who like Navy,action,and true story categories of books.

  • Nick Brennan
    2019-04-23 06:46

    I thought that this was a very educational and factual book, but it wasn't very entertaining in my opinion. The author (former Navy SEAL) did a very good job explaining the rigorous training that the dogs go through, but because of the lack of story line I wouldn't recommend it for anyone looking for a good story or awesome characters. However, anyone looking for information or knowledge about the training process of Navy SEAL dogs should definately read this book. It has loads of information that you would love.

  • Grant Harris
    2019-04-22 06:41

    I think other people should read this book because it is a really good book and it teaches you a lot about how they teach dogs to be in the Navy.

  • Kevin
    2019-05-20 02:52

    Really fun book to read. This book talks about the science and technique behind choosing and training dogs for military use, specifically for the Navy SEALs. The author is a former Navy SEAL, SEAL instructor, dog handler, and currently trains dogs for use on current SEAL teams. It was interesting to note that most of the dogs that they acquire come from Europe, where these dogs have been bred for many years for this specific task. They are starting to be bred locally within the U.S., but it will take some years before the lines are well developed and proved to produce quality animals. Some of the qualities they are looking for in these dogs is high energy (imagine a dog that is constantly running, moving, going), high intelligence, high prey drive (chasing down and object or a person), and high bite drive. Yes, they want the dogs to enjoy biting... especially biting people :-) They have to carefully train and nurture these traits, as any they can be smothered or broken if the training is done improperly, which may render the dog less that effective at its job. The tasks these dogs perform are many, however several of the most important are detection of explosives or weapons, detecting human scent, tracking or detaining potential enemy combatants, and as an early warning system to whatever team they are deployed with. Intermixed with the more scientific and training portions of the book, the author adds stories of these dogs and their handlers in theater, what they accomplished, how they changed the outcome of some situation whether it was saving lives of the SEAL team members or saving the lives of the native population where the team was serving. The time ultimately arrives when they no longer meet the strict criteria necessary to be deployed. Some dogs are fortunate to be “adopted” by one of their former handlers. This is the ideal situation, as the handler truly knows the dog, and the dogs are most at home with someone who knows and understands them. There are some, however, that either due to their aggressive nature, or the inability of a former handler to house them, are in limbo. The military does have a policy where the dogs are taken care of, and they remain with the last unit that they served with. Most of the time and attention, however, goes to the dogs that are deployable. As such the retired dogs don’t get the attention, exercise, or care that they are used to or really need. The Author does take in some of these retired dogs and cares for them. He also set up a foundation to care for them, and tries to place as many as possible with former handlers. The last part of the book gives a very brief history of dogs used in wartime.

  • Hudson Turbyfill
    2019-05-02 03:36

    The book is called Navy Seal dogs by Mike Ritland. The book is about a couple of navy seal dog that were trained and deployed. It mostly talks about training the dog like it said that you want to train the dog on a defensive side and offense side and if you focas on one side the dog will lose its energy and not lead to full expectations. When there pups you really want to expose them to loud sounds so they get used to it in the field. A funny event that happend was a dog called Barco and his handler where going on hike in the night. Barco's handler throw a ball and barco went after it but the leash was tied to the handler so he fell down the hill and got a couple of scrapes and scares, barco was fine. My opinion of the book was that it good because there dogs but also i want to be a Navy Seal and it taught me more about them. It teaches you about how to train a dog and what to do and what not to do. It does have the right amount of pages and it was informative about what Seals do for us and dogs too. It was nice to have multiple story's of Navy Seal dogs so you know more about it.I recommend this book to middle schoolers and people that want to be in the military like me. If you want to learn more about our American military dogs I defiantly recommend this book.

  • Giovanni
    2019-05-02 08:28

    This book is called Navy Seal Dogs by Michael Ritland. This book is about combat dogs and how to train them. This book was written by a former navy SEAL so it should come to no surprise that this book is full of useful information on how to train a dog. There are credentials so it is even more believable.This is a nonfiction book. This book also shares many experiences the author and other dog handlers had in the military. One of the many dogs Michael has trained is named chopper, and the author describes with great detail the experiences they had together. The whole book is about how to train a dog and some mission the dogs went on. The books greatest strength is the description, the details are so vivid and you can tell the author had that experience with that amount of detail, for example that mission with chopper you could just imagine the experience in your head and it would seem too real. This book seems to have no weaknesses to me. I like this book a lot mainly because it is hard to find a book with this much description. I would recommend this book to anyone really especially future soldiers of the US and dog lovers. I believe they would like this book because it is all about dogs and it has personal stories in the military.

  • Dale
    2019-05-03 01:37

    Interesting, Sometimes Touching ReadPublished in 2013 by St. Martin's Press.Mike Ritland served as a Navy SEAL, became a trainer of SEALs and eventually moved into training dogs that work with SEALs - the most elite of all service dogs. While they look a lot like German Shepherds, Ritland points out that the SEALs usually use Dutch Shepherds or Belgian Malinois - breeds that are lighter, leaner and even more trainable. He describes how they sort out only the most focused dogs and then spend months training them to do things that most dogs would never do - like ride in helicopters, jump out of planes, fight people (but stop on command) and chase down a target through and over everything and be able to sniff out specific odors, like bomb-making materials. Ritland's stories of training and combat are interesting and sometimes touching, especially the stories of the soldiers bonding with the dogs in their down time (the dogs are supposed to be segregated from the rest of the soldiers, but oftentimes they hang out with them and sleep in their cots - a little bit of normalcy in the middle of a war zone). The book also includes a "Brief History of Canines in Combat" as an afterward.I rate this book 4 stars out of 5.

  • Kris Macario
    2019-04-26 05:29

    Navy seals dogs by Michael Ritland was a great book to read over the summer. This book take place in the Iraq , Afganistán and the seas. The book was about mike Ritland and how he was bullied in school as a child. When he was young he was interested in dogs. Once he became older he joined the navy. One day when he was training he saw k9 dogs. These dog were highly trained and could detect explosives. After the dogs graduated from Buds/s trading they started to work with the navy seals. After the mikes service, he owned his own dogs company to treating and supply workings and protective dogs for the U.S. government. He also started a foundation to help retired special operations dogs. i like this book because it was a true story about the author and how he was bully as a little kid and he became a navy seal. I choose this book because it looked interesting.

  • Brandon
    2019-05-05 02:38

    First, I want to start by saying this is a really good book. The reason I only gave it 3 stars is because it's basically the exact same as his other book, only organized a bit different. I was really disappointed when I started reading and came across all the same stories and experiences as the first book, word for word. I skipped through, looking for some new material, but was disappointing. I'm not quite at the very end yet, but with only about 20 pages left, I'm not expecting to find much new.I highly recommend the book, or his other one, to anyone curious about military working dogs and their contributions. I'm just warning you that there's no point in reading both of them. Personally, I liked the other one better, but it's probably due to my having hoped for something new in this one.

  • Levi
    2019-05-14 06:28

    Navy Seal Dogs is an extraordinary well written book with lots of details and action. The author put a lot of effort in developing the characters including Mike, Brett, and Chopper. When the beginning begins, in Northern Afghanistan it feels like you are actually immersed in the setting. You might think oh its just another war dog book but it truly is an amazing developed book and you should check it out. This book is truly a good read.

  • Bean
    2019-05-22 00:40

    This is probably one of my favorite books because I love the Navy SEAL and it is all about that. I also like how the author is the main character in the story and his partner is a dog. It is really interesting how he works with the dogs and teaches so many ways that they use in the battle field. Over all if you like the Navy and how they operate then this is a great book for you. It really goes into detail about what happens to the dogs and how train them.

  • Rory C.
    2019-04-24 05:53

    In a time of conflict in the middle east, men sent from the United States bring along their K-9 comrades to help them finish the job without getting harmed. Navy SEAL Dogs by Mike Ritland tells the story of dogs in the Navy SEAL Program and what went into training them. Dog lovers alike will fall in love with our human and non-human heroes who risk everything to protect us and our freedom. After reading this ones appreciation of the military will ever so increase.

  • Andy
    2019-04-30 01:55

    " Navy Seal Dogs: My Tail Canines for Combat," by Mike Ritland is the most heroic book I've read. This makes me feel two emotions- like suspenseful and proud- all this is throughout the hole book. Every time I read this book I read non stop until I finish it. I like how it's the author point of view because you can read what they do for our country and it makes you proud of the Navy Seal Dogs and Soldiers. I recommenced this book if you like to heroic literature.

  • Karen & Gerard
    2019-04-28 01:46

    Navy Seal Dogs--My Tale of Training Canines for Combat by Mike Ritland is about Malinois dogs used in battle and how they are trained. It is pretty fascinating and was interesting reading about the different dogs and how they helped in battle. It was also eye-opening to see what the trainers and handlers go through to prepare the dogs for battle. (Karen's review)

  • Cheri
    2019-04-28 05:44

    I purchased and proof-read this book in hopes to entice boys in elementary school to check it out in our library. It passed the test for being very masculine, and clean enough for the age group. In the meantine I was a little surprised to find the writing was more than decent, and the story being told is delightfully interesting.