Navy SEAL Dogs: My Tale of Training Canines for Combat by Mike RitlandBefore 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 Ritlands 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 nations 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 hed 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 nations most elite SEAL Teams, to the trainer of the worlds most highly skilled K9 warriors.
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Why the dogs of the Navy SEALs are a force to be reckoned with
When U. Cairo, like most canine members of the elite U. The Malinois breed is similar to German shepherds but smaller and more compact, with an adult male weighing in the kilo range. German shepherds are still used as war dogs by the American military but the lighter, stubbier Malinois is considered better for the tandem parachute jumping and rappelling operations often undertaken by SEAL teams. Labrador retrievers are also favoured by various military organizations around the world. Like their human counterparts, the dog SEALs are highly trained, highly skilled, highly motivated special ops experts, able to perform extraordinary military missions by SEa, Air and Land thus the acronym. The dogs are twice as fast as a fit human, so anyone trying to escape is not likely to outrun Cairo or his buddies.
America recently lost a valiant combat veteran. Had they not been successful in finding bin Laden, Cairo would have been called upon to search for hidden walls and underground sanctuaries. Recorded history shows the use of dogs of war going back thousands of years. The ancient Greeks, Romans and Attila the Hun were among the many who used trained dogs in battle. During World War II, more than 10, dogs joined the war effort — many family pets were donated, and served as sentries, scouts, mine detectors or messengers.
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The NYT reports that the identities of all 80 members of the American commando team who thundered into Abbottabad, Pakistan, and killed Osama bin Laden are the subject of intense speculation, but perhaps none more so than the only member with four legs. Not knowing the first thing about the military, but piqued by the story of the mystery dog, I learned that throughout history, dogs, otherwise known as military working dogs MWDs , have been intricately involved in the military; dogs have been fighting alongside U. But their service was informal; only in were canines officially inducted into the U.
Since the time of Greece and the Roman Empire, the dog has been a valued and trusted member of the military. The Romans used a breed of Mastiff that is now extinct. Then, they covered their canines in armor with spiked collars and used them to wreak havoc on their enemies. But the use of military dogs goes far back from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Stubby was smuggled on the troop ship to France but quickly proved his worth.
The name "Malinois" is derived from Malines , the French name for the breed's Flemish city of origin, Mechelen. The breed is used as a working dog for tasks including detection of odors such as explosives, accelerants for arson investigation , and narcotics; tracking humans for suspect apprehension in police work; and search and rescue missions. The U. The Malinois is a medium-to-large and square-proportioned dog in the sheepdog family. The Malinois has a short mahogany coat with black markings. It has black erect ears and a black muzzle.