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Trident K9 Warriors: My Tale from the Training Ground to the Battlefield with Elite Navy Seal Canines Paperback – Illustrated, 14 January 2014
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"After a stellar career in the Teams, Mike Ritland has gone on to train working K9's for some of the most elite units in the U.S. Special Operations community. These dogs are integrated into Special Operations at all levels of mission planning. They HALO parachute from high altitude, chase enemy squirters, and detect explosive booby traps, to name just a few tasks. If you want to learn about these amazing animals, the sacrifices they've made, and their effectiveness in combat, then read Trident K9 Warriors." --Brandon Webb, former Navy SEAL, New York Times bestselling author of The Red Circle, and editor in chief of SOFREP.com"[Ritland] and co-writer Gary Brozek tell a rattling good story, detailing the checkered history of dogs in combat and the contributions their making today." --Cesar's Way "The accounts of fieldwork and battles are specific and extraordinary, making this a pick for any military collection." --Internet Bookwatch
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Co-authored by Gary Brozek, “Trident K-9 Warriors” sheds light on the reclusive world of Seal Team dog handlers and the highly classified missions that they embark on to ensure freedom and prosperity from the evolving scourge of terrorism. With their sights set on the most cunning and ruthless enemies, K-9 operatives will jump, dive and fast-rope into the most dangerous places known to man. Deployed to detect hidden weapons caches, booby traps, and to apprehend insurgents, these K-9 warriors ensure an extra margin of safety to their brother’s-in-arms which guarantees success on the battlefield.
Mike Ritland does an outstanding job of conveying the rigors of Seal dog training and selection as well as incorporating some historic facts about military working dogs and how they evolved into the elite spec-ops warriors of today. Unlike most of the media hype surrounding special operations, Mike manages to tell a compelling story without divulging sensitive operational secrets that could jeopardize Seals and their K-9 teams out in the field.
The prologue give you chills as to the depth of our relationship with Man's Best Friend in conflict and set's us up for quite a ride as the introduction sets the stage with a prime example of an elite team in the darkness of night, festooned with the best gear in history, totally trusting the senses of Ruco as danger sets in - and Ruco piles into mortal danger completely for his humans...with seeming little regard for his onwn safety.
How do such beasts come to be with our elite wariors? The author goes into great depth as he describes training techniques and regimens of positive reinforcement to build upon the long bred spirit of the amazing dogs he choses to train for the most dangerous of all missions. We see the journey of coordinated play with spirited pups through gradual increase of play and reward - all geared towards trust between canine and handler to sacrifice for each other.
I truly enjoyed the depth of description on training from explosives detection to bite work in the suits up through the physical training and toll the chosen life takes on these elite animals.
All through the book we see examples of the canines with their handlers in conflict with emphasis on how effective they truly are. The histories intersperse with stories from Mr. Ritland as he speaks with loving undertones of the dogs he trains, and those that are just his companions now. All through we see how much they mean to him - and we the reader are rewarded with a great story....Cairo, Castor, Sampson and many more great dogs come to us.
Get this work - it is a must for any history buff of modern warfare - with a true link to ancient times.