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Discover how man's best friend can also be our country's
greatest weapon in this enthralling account of some of the most skilled
working animals on the planet.

As a SEAL during a combat
deployment in Iraq, Mike Ritland saw a military working dog in action
and instantly knew he had found his true calling. He started his own
company training and supplying dogs for the SEAL teams, U.S. government,
and Department of Defense. Today, Ritland's highly trained dogs are
capable of handling both detection and apprehension work in the most
extreme environments and battlefield conditions. With this
first-of-its-kind book, readers are offered an inside look at these
elite K9 warriors―unwavering in their devotion to duty, tough enough to
protect our country against all enemies―and the extreme missions they
undertake to save countless lives.
"After a stellar career in the
Teams, Mike Ritland has gone on to train working K9s for some of the
most elite units in the U.S. Special Operations community. 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 and New York Times
bestselling author of The Red Circle

This edition
of the book is the deluxe, tall rack mass market
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Reviews for Trident K9 Warriors: My Tale from the Training Ground to the Battlefield with Elite Navy SEAL Canines:

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Mar 04, 2015

In an effort to understand what makes men want to fight, want to go to war, I have read quite a few military books over the last few years. This one was about Navy Seals and their dogs.

It presented a lot of information on how the dogs are selected, how they are trained and how they are used. That sounds interesting but because there was no narrative structure at all, and the information and stories just jumped around, it was more 'meh' than 'wow'. The author was tremendously emotionally involved In an effort to understand what makes men want to fight, want to go to war, I have read quite a few military books over the last few years. This one was about Navy Seals and their dogs.

It presented a lot of information on how the dogs are selected, how they are trained and how they are used. That sounds interesting but because there was no narrative structure at all, and the information and stories just jumped around, it was more 'meh' than 'wow'. The author was tremendously emotionally involved with the dogs and his job but failed to involve the reader on that level.

An editor, perhaps one who deals with fiction, could have brought this book to life with better organisation and characterisation. As it was, it was almost like a collection of articles written over the years and not pulled together very well.

However, it was an interesting subject. The dogs shine with intelligence and the men's respect for these working animals right up until adopting them after their active service is over, are highpoints, so three stars instead of the 'it was ok' 2.

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Aug 20, 2019

SUPER FAST REVIEW:
So unfortunately this isn’t about the dogs as much as it’s about training the dogs. That being said it still has a lot of nice dog stuff and is kinda interesting. Unfortunately, the writing is kinda... I dunno... it felt more boring than it should have been at times. So yeah the writing is why I give this 3 stars, maybe I would’ve given it 4 if I knew what it was actually about ahead of time, then again I did lose interest as the book went on so IDK.

3/5
5

Apr 25, 2013

I don’t review books on goodreads.com too often, because a lot of times I don’t have much to say beyond, I really liked book X. Today I’m going to attempt to do Trident K9 Warrior by Michael Ritland some justice.

I’ll start by confessing I’m kind of a dog geek (read; I have a blog about my dog) and have a little exposure to working dogs/helpers/Schutzhund/IPO/GSD/MALS but am beyond green in the sport (read; my dog has a BH and I did a summersault during the escape portion of my attempt to get I don’t review books on goodreads.com too often, because a lot of times I don’t have much to say beyond, I really liked book X. Today I’m going to attempt to do Trident K9 Warrior by Michael Ritland some justice.

I’ll start by confessing I’m kind of a dog geek (read; I have a blog about my dog) and have a little exposure to working dogs/helpers/Schutzhund/IPO/GSD/MALS but am beyond green in the sport (read; my dog has a BH and I did a summersault during the escape portion of my attempt to get certified as a ‘helper’……I can drive dog about as well as an 85 year old lady cruising in a 1978 Oldsmobile).

I included the detail above about my history with dogs because if you have no idea what I’m talking about you’ll want to read this book. You’ll gain an understanding of the level of expertise/devotion/talent required to train dogs to this level. You’ll understand how rare it is to find dogs that can perform at the level required to serve in this very specific application. You won’t be inundated with information you don’t understand, rather you’ll get a clear understanding of some of the things it takes to train dogs to this level and you’ll learn what the dogs are able to accomplish (sniff sniff sniff chomp and A LOT more). You’ll gain insight into how valuable these dogs are, in terms of preserving human life. You’ll get a clear picture of the level of devotion these dogs have for their handlers/partners. This isn’t a book about couch potato pets who won’t pee outside when it’s raining, it’s about Four Legged Soldiers who serve our country for nothing more than a ball toss, scratch behind the ear, or a good ribcage thumping.

On the other hand if you laughed because my five-year-old GSD only has his BH and that I fell and did a summersault on the escape (in my defense I kept the dog on the sleeve) you’ll also enjoy this book. You won’t read about capping or leaking drive, but there’s plenty in this book for you. I laughed anytime there was mention of a spinning Malinois. Anyone that is able to articulate the following about helper work in a book that the general public can also digest is providing relevant and interesting information in my opinion.

“A truly good decoy is someone who is absolutely priceless because he will make or break a dog. You can ruin a great dog with a incompetent decoy, or make an average dog fantastic by having a phenomenal decoy who can recognize those times of transitions and know how much pressure to put on, when to back off, when to relieve stress, when to put it on.
In my mind, doing this kind of bite work is absolutely an art. The science of animal behaviorism is absolutely behind it, but putting that fundamental understanding of a dog’s assertive nature into practice to refine those instinctive skills isn’t something you can get from reading a book. You need to see a really, really good decoy who can work a dog and put him through that and imitate some of those behaviors. That will get you to a certain point, but you also have to eventually develop a feel for how stressed a dog is, recognize its body language and how it is communicating what it is thinking and feeling, before you can really train a dog well. You elevate this dog to a level where you, again, are teaching him how to fight, how to bring that natural instinct he has genetically deep down, which we’re already identified through our selection process, and now we’ve just teaching him to bring it at a much higher level to be able to take the rigors of the training. And it gets to where he’s ten times the dog that he was when we first got him.”

The bottom line is Trident K9 Warrior is a page-turner that provides insight into what goes into developing a dog capable of serving alongside Navy SEALS and the level of professionalism and devotion those dogs serve with. For you literary snobs who may have struggled with other books written by Service Members whose first careers weren’t as authors or English Professors you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the writing and editing.

I NEVER stop mid book to start another book EVER, well I did in this case and was not disappointed!
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May 18, 2013

I am a big dog fan, especially larger working breeds and after seeing this book on 60 Minutes I ordered it immediately. It was very interesting reading about how the animals are selected and trained. The training begins even a few weeks after birth and is 100% positive reinforcement, no hiting or shocking the animals. I felt the first 3/4's of the book got a little slow and it was mainly focused on the training piece but as soon as he started sharing real life war stories that the dogs were I am a big dog fan, especially larger working breeds and after seeing this book on 60 Minutes I ordered it immediately. It was very interesting reading about how the animals are selected and trained. The training begins even a few weeks after birth and is 100% positive reinforcement, no hiting or shocking the animals. I felt the first 3/4's of the book got a little slow and it was mainly focused on the training piece but as soon as he started sharing real life war stories that the dogs were involved in I was glued to the story. I wish he would have shared more of those stories as it is amazing what these animals are able to do on the battle field, countless lives have been saved and will continue to be saved with the use of these dogs. Hopefully the author will be able to continue his elite training of these dogs and keep the military supplied with these amazing animals and also maintain a focus on caring for and placing the retired military dogs in homes after their deployments are complete. This is a must read for any dog lover. ...more
5

October 5, 2015

This guy is an insperation. Since reading this book I have trained my gun dog to find not only game birds but my son.. oops
3

Jul 04, 2013

If you are interested in Navy SEALs, you'll enjoy this book. If you love dogs, especially working dogs, you'll enjoy this book. I listened to the audiobook (Audible.com), and it was narrated very well. The author did significant research into the history of dogs in warfare, and I found that interesting. It's hard to believe the US military has discovered then forgotten several times how incredibly valuable dogs can be in service to soldiers. Some trivia from the book: It costs about $50,000 to If you are interested in Navy SEALs, you'll enjoy this book. If you love dogs, especially working dogs, you'll enjoy this book. I listened to the audiobook (Audible.com), and it was narrated very well. The author did significant research into the history of dogs in warfare, and I found that interesting. It's hard to believe the US military has discovered then forgotten several times how incredibly valuable dogs can be in service to soldiers. Some trivia from the book: It costs about $50,000 to train a Military Working Dog (MWD). Sound like a lot? Well, in Afghanistan, it cost the US taxpayers $1,000,000 per year per soldier. An investment of $50,000 to make a group of these soldiers more effective and safe is very wise. With modern so-called "asymmetric" warfare, where the enemy uses IEDs and similar "booby traps," dogs can make the difference between victory and defeat. For you dog lovers who think it's wrong to "force" dogs to serve in war time, read (or listen to) this book before you make up your mind. ...more
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Apr 13, 2013

I enjoyed about 30% of this book, the remainder was underwhelming. I had seen the story on 60 Minutes and wanted to be inspired and moved by the book, instead much of it was a 'how to train your dog' type of story. Plus, the author is likely an excellent dog trainer, but he's not much of a writer...it felt a little like amateur hour.
5

Apr 20, 2013

Originally posted on Sarahsbookshelf.com:

This year, I’ve been reading books on our military in an effort to better understand the challenges and experiences of those who serve. Today’s book was written by Mike Ritland, with Gary Brozek, and is about the training of Military Working Dogs (MWD). Ritland, a former Navy SEAL, became involved in training these dogs following his service, but it’s clear from reading the book that he would have been an excellent handler had he not found this calling Originally posted on Sarahsbookshelf.com:

This year, I’ve been reading books on our military in an effort to better understand the challenges and experiences of those who serve. Today’s book was written by Mike Ritland, with Gary Brozek, and is about the training of Military Working Dogs (MWD). Ritland, a former Navy SEAL, became involved in training these dogs following his service, but it’s clear from reading the book that he would have been an excellent handler had he not found this calling sooner. He currently owns and runs Trikos International, which is an organization that trains different types of working dogs.

What was really interesting about this book was how the author really demonstrated the value the dogs bring to the teams. On numerous occasions, Ritland notes that the dog and handler were given the responsibility of finding IEDs, weapons, hidden insurgents, and other obstacles that the teams might not have found as easily or might have been hurt in their search. The use of the MWD helped minimize unnecessary force, unnecessary injuries, and sometimes gather intelligence that the naked eye might have missed. Considering the potential to save the lives of our service members, I was a little surprised to find that MWD are not used more often. But I can understand the challenges, since the training for a good quality dog is quite extensive.

I found the methods of training these dogs fascinating, but even more so how much the training has changed over time. Ritland spends a large chunk of the book talking about the benefits of positive reinforcement and operant conditioning, especially for dogs that will spend a lot of time doing this important work. In addition to the rigorous training before and during service, Ritland spends some time talking about the transition out of service for the dogs and the challenges of finding the right place for them to “retire.”

If you weren’t a dog lover before this book, it definitely will make you one. This book was fantastic and I definitely have a new appreciation for both the training process, the handlers, and the services these dogs provide. Proceeds from the book benefit the Warrior Dog Foundation. ...more
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Sep 04, 2013

This book is really and infomercial about the herding breed Belgian Malinois that the author trains and declares the Navy Seal trident group prefers for their bite activity attack (reviere) and IED explosive detection (sook) skills that are typically rewarded with tennis ball tug / fetch play. I find that I prefer the long walk companionship of my favorite Sight Hounds (Greyhound, Pharaoh and Ibizan) who are not that much into tugging, fetching, scent or biting activities. The author certainly This book is really and infomercial about the herding breed Belgian Malinois that the author trains and declares the Navy Seal trident group prefers for their bite activity attack (reviere) and IED explosive detection (sook) skills that are typically rewarded with tennis ball tug / fetch play. I find that I prefer the long walk companionship of my favorite Sight Hounds (Greyhound, Pharaoh and Ibizan) who are not that much into tugging, fetching, scent or biting activities. The author certainly makes the case that the Military Working Dogs have contributed significantly to the well being of our troops in the Mideast (perhaps in support of something like that Iraq War "Hurt Locker" bomb disposal effort)!
I enjoyed this book a great deal more than that politically motivated "Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him" that promotes a service dog program. ...more
5

Feb 01, 2014

I read this book in one sitting. Wow what a amazing book to read. Again, I just have to say my love of military books is a good one. However when I think of these types of books, I don't hardly ever think of the dogs fighting along side our military people. That is a shame. After reading this book and getting a really good idea of what these dogs do and the importance they play in helping our military forces win wars, I will always remember these dogs from now on. Also, when I thank our military I read this book in one sitting. Wow what a amazing book to read. Again, I just have to say my love of military books is a good one. However when I think of these types of books, I don't hardly ever think of the dogs fighting along side our military people. That is a shame. After reading this book and getting a really good idea of what these dogs do and the importance they play in helping our military forces win wars, I will always remember these dogs from now on. Also, when I thank our military people, I will also thank the dogs as well.

I thought that Mr. Ritland did a great job explaining his job of training dogs. He broke the training down into all the different areas of training from picking the right dog from birth to traits to look for, training in the field, and even retirement. Mr. Ritland would explain everything that he was doing with the dogs in a way that I got a good visual. Also, when I see there are pictures I usually go right to them right away. However reading this book that did not happen. That is because I was too busy reading everything before the pictures. This book would make the perfect gift for everyone. Trident K9 Warriors is top notch! ...more
3

Dec 06, 2016

This was 3 stars. The writing was kind of jumbled, but overall, I liked this one. I found the information kind of fascinating about how they search out dogs with the right personalities for their rigorous work with Navy SEALS. I liked the candid look at this process, so in that respect it felt honest. I was impressed with the way the handlers take care of their dogs. I'm glad that message came through loud and clear.....because the little raccoon story was appalling. The author was unapologetic This was 3 stars. The writing was kind of jumbled, but overall, I liked this one. I found the information kind of fascinating about how they search out dogs with the right personalities for their rigorous work with Navy SEALS. I liked the candid look at this process, so in that respect it felt honest. I was impressed with the way the handlers take care of their dogs. I'm glad that message came through loud and clear.....because the little raccoon story was appalling. The author was unapologetic with that and other incidents. He acted like we all are on the same page and I clearly wasn't. So 3 stars.

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Dec 18, 2014

I do not like this book, at all.

Here’s my take on this: It is written as a narrative but even though the author writes of his experiences it feels disconnected… I’m about 1/3 into this book (some 100 screens), but the way the author writes is not appealing to me at all. He doesn’t go into any great detail or background of his experiences during the war; it is very sterile. Almost like he had to watch what he wrote due to screeners… I don’t feel like I’m getting to know the author at all or his I do not like this book, at all.

Here’s my take on this: It is written as a narrative but even though the author writes of his experiences it feels disconnected… I’m about 1/3 into this book (some 100 screens), but the way the author writes is not appealing to me at all. He doesn’t go into any great detail or background of his experiences during the war; it is very sterile. Almost like he had to watch what he wrote due to screeners… I don’t feel like I’m getting to know the author at all or his dog(s); it’s like a documentary and even sometimes like a training manual. He uses terms like ‘west coast seals’ and ‘MH-60’s’ assuming all readers will understand these terms/acronyms. The book is more like a collection of stories and there is no real progression as a plot.
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Sep 25, 2013

This is the exact same book as "Navy SEAL Dogs: My Tale of Training Canines for Combat". Perhaps a few changes in a couple of paragraphs, but marketed as another book. I pre-ordered this one with hopes it would have more personal and detailed stories about the K-9's, but it did not. It is the SAME book as previously listed. Save your money - buy only 1 of them.
3

Apr 27, 2013

Fascinating look at the recruitment, training, and deployment of elite canine warriors with the SEALS. Great stories from the field, gives a good understanding of the backgrounds of the soldier and dog, how they work together, with the unit, and the enormous contributions of the dog to the success of the mission.
5

May 24, 2013

This was an outstanding book. To begin with, the author is highly qualified to write about this: he was a SEAL team operator and trains Military Working Dogs (MWD), which is something he is very passionate about. This book gives MWD their proper recognition, the rigorous training they endure, and the amount of lives they save downrange due to their incredible olfactory perception. I definitely recommend this for people who love the military, dogs, and the Navy SEALs.
4

Apr 23, 2013

Trident K9 Warriors by Mike Ritland with Gary Brozek tells the story of an elite group of dogs who go through special training to help our men fight the wars around the world. I especially enjoyed the stories of the battle where the dogs played a vital role. Of course, I liked the pictures of the dogs too! Some of the chapters that dealt with non-battle scenes I skimmed. To Mike Ritland and your band of brothers in arms, thank you for your service!
(Gerard's review)
5

May 03, 2013

This book was AMAZING! I like the way the stories are told of each individual dog and handler and the history leading up to the need for these amazing K9's. I learned so much more than I expected about Seal teams and their SOF dogs. I am in awe of their handlers. Mike Ritland has done an amazing thing by starting the Warrior Dog Foundation, giving these retired MWD's and SOF K9's a place to call home. Thank you Mike Ritland and Gary Brozek for writing this wonderful and very informative book and This book was AMAZING! I like the way the stories are told of each individual dog and handler and the history leading up to the need for these amazing K9's. I learned so much more than I expected about Seal teams and their SOF dogs. I am in awe of their handlers. Mike Ritland has done an amazing thing by starting the Warrior Dog Foundation, giving these retired MWD's and SOF K9's a place to call home. Thank you Mike Ritland and Gary Brozek for writing this wonderful and very informative book and for bringing to our attention the enormous contribution these dogs have made. BRAVO!!! ...more
3

Apr 19, 2013

Since I am a novice dog trainer, I'm always fascinated with books that feature amazingly trained dogs, especially if their skills are benefiting humans. This book delivered lots of fascinating details of military dogs' training and the amazing work that they do. I loved reading the dog stories and also gleaned a few tips and perspectives that will help me with my own dog training endeavors.

There were two things that bothered me about this book: the poor writing (this author simply cannot write) Since I am a novice dog trainer, I'm always fascinated with books that feature amazingly trained dogs, especially if their skills are benefiting humans. This book delivered lots of fascinating details of military dogs' training and the amazing work that they do. I loved reading the dog stories and also gleaned a few tips and perspectives that will help me with my own dog training endeavors.

There were two things that bothered me about this book: the poor writing (this author simply cannot write) and the rough language that popped up momentarily in a few sections. But, overall I enjoyed this book and have been inspired to work with my own dogs more. ...more
4

Mar 17, 2013

TRIDENT K9 WARRIORS written by Mike Ritland with Gary Brozek. Read by Jeff Gurner is an interesting history/Military/Pets & Animal care/Afghan War. "My tale from the training ground to the battlefield with elite Navy Seal Canines". What an interesting and informative story of K9's and the man they work with in the Military field. These Military canines are highly intelligent,very motivated,brave, risk takers,smart, and very powerful. A wonderful history on Military working canines and the TRIDENT K9 WARRIORS written by Mike Ritland with Gary Brozek. Read by Jeff Gurner is an interesting history/Military/Pets & Animal care/Afghan War. "My tale from the training ground to the battlefield with elite Navy Seal Canines". What an interesting and informative story of K9's and the man they work with in the Military field. These Military canines are highly intelligent,very motivated,brave, risk takers,smart, and very powerful. A wonderful history on Military working canines and the Navy Seals. "Trident K9 Warriors" is very educational,informative,and great to listen to. Animals lovers,Military Enthusiast,and every day heroes will enjoy this audio. Received for an honest review from the publisher.

*Be warned does have profanity throughout*

RATING: 4

HEAT RATING:Mild: Due to profanity.

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction Reviews ...more
5

May 21, 2013

Highly recommend! This book should appeal to a wide range of readers - those who love dogs and military history especially! The book is very interesting, especially in how he selects and trains the dogs. Every reader will have a greater appreciation for the training and dedication required of these dogs and handlers. Should be a must read for dog trainers and breeders of all types of dogs. It makes me realize how the exposure and handling of puppies from birth is so critical. This was a Highly recommend! This book should appeal to a wide range of readers - those who love dogs and military history especially! The book is very interesting, especially in how he selects and trains the dogs. Every reader will have a greater appreciation for the training and dedication required of these dogs and handlers. Should be a must read for dog trainers and breeders of all types of dogs. It makes me realize how the exposure and handling of puppies from birth is so critical. This was a fascinating section in the book. You can guarantee that I will make sure my next dogs develop a drive based on the reward of tug and/or ball playing. I have the greatest respect for this author and would love to see a documentary made on him and his training methods. (better yet, I'd like to meet him in person, observe and listen!). ...more
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Dec 14, 2014

Stopped reading at 10%.

I chose this book because I was interested in the training of Military Working Dogs and the invaluable impact they have on their handlers and country they serve. The author,at one time,trained Navy Seals,left the armed forces,and now trains Military working dogs.
I was prepared for a book that would ragale the readers with stories of the bravery and loyalty of these dogs and their handlers.
What I got instead,at 10%, was the author relating a story about an incident while he Stopped reading at 10%.

I chose this book because I was interested in the training of Military Working Dogs and the invaluable impact they have on their handlers and country they serve. The author,at one time,trained Navy Seals,left the armed forces,and now trains Military working dogs.
I was prepared for a book that would ragale the readers with stories of the bravery and loyalty of these dogs and their handlers.
What I got instead,at 10%, was the author relating a story about an incident while he was walking his girlfriend's pit bull. While walking the dog he came across a raccoon,dropped the leash, and for no apparent reason other then he is a d*uche,allowed the dog to kill the raccoon.
Neither the dog or author were in danger from the raccoon,so it was pointless and senseless cruelty. I was done.
This incident forever colored how I view the author and I would not read any further. ...more
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Jul 07, 2014

Now, I'm not a dog lover, but I love reading about working dogs, especially military/police dogs. So I had high expectations from this book. Unfortunately, this book was a cure for my insomnia.

The biggest problem here is the prose and the lack of a coherent, linear story telling. The telling, oh my god, the telling was passive, repetitive and downright disjointed. For such an interesting topic...it's rather stunning. It didn't take long for my 'editor' hat to materialize and mentally start to Now, I'm not a dog lover, but I love reading about working dogs, especially military/police dogs. So I had high expectations from this book. Unfortunately, this book was a cure for my insomnia.

The biggest problem here is the prose and the lack of a coherent, linear story telling. The telling, oh my god, the telling was passive, repetitive and downright disjointed. For such an interesting topic...it's rather stunning. It didn't take long for my 'editor' hat to materialize and mentally start to red line the hell out of this book. There where sections where I had to reread because I had no idea what was the point. I haven't been this confused since reading Michio Kaku. But there, the confusion came from the scientific theories, here it's the meandering, over bloated prose that goes on and on....Bueller...Bueller...Bueller.

If you're having trouble sleeping and want to avoid medication, try this book. Otherwise, avoid it like the plague. ...more
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Feb 23, 2014

From 'great book' to 'infomercial', previous reviewers have said all I can about 'Trident K9 Warriors' by Michael Ritland; I suppose, as a work of non-fiction, much of the books appeal will lie in the reader's points of interest.
I love dogs, admire working dogs and their trainers; politics aside, I respect the devotion and training of Special Forces personnel, and the military in general. I therefore had high hopes for this read, and the first page brought me right into the action.
Sadly, the From 'great book' to 'infomercial', previous reviewers have said all I can about 'Trident K9 Warriors' by Michael Ritland; I suppose, as a work of non-fiction, much of the books appeal will lie in the reader's points of interest.
I love dogs, admire working dogs and their trainers; politics aside, I respect the devotion and training of Special Forces personnel, and the military in general. I therefore had high hopes for this read, and the first page brought me right into the action.
Sadly, the writing thereafter became clunky and uneven, jumping from interesting tactical detail to tedious data and one-dimensional narrative, with much of the authors self-interest on display.
As with other recent Special Forces stories out now, 'Trident' seems rushed to print, and would have been better served with an editor who was as devoted to putting out a good product as the dogs in this story are at their jobs. ...more
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Jun 24, 2013

We foster military working dog puppies for the breeding program at Lackland afb in San Antonio so I was especially interested in this book. Our puppies are not destined for Special Forces but are bred and trained to serve in all branches of the military all over the world. They too accompany our troops to war and much of the preparation and training is very similar to what this author described. Clearly the standards and requirements for Special Forces canines are higher in these programs just We foster military working dog puppies for the breeding program at Lackland afb in San Antonio so I was especially interested in this book. Our puppies are not destined for Special Forces but are bred and trained to serve in all branches of the military all over the world. They too accompany our troops to war and much of the preparation and training is very similar to what this author described. Clearly the standards and requirements for Special Forces canines are higher in these programs just as they are for humans. Still, our MWDs dogs do save lives, and many give their own in our service.

Our puppies are Belgian Malinois also. Presently they are the only dogs being bred in the program for the reasons stated in this book. They are strong, agile, incredibly energetic, and extremely prey-driven. Only a percentage of the puppies go on to qualify. Of our foster puppies, only one of four has made it into the basic training class. We still have our fourth so we don’t know yet if he has the “right stuff.” As foster parents we thought all of our puppies did, but the standards are very high since many lives are at stake and the dogs must have the necessary drive, courage, persistence, and control needed for the job. They also must qualify as dual purpose dogs: patrol or defense and detection. We do many of the things described in this book to prepare our foster puppies for the training that lies ahead when we return them to Lackland at 7 months.

Belgian Malinois are totally awesome dogs. We fell in love with the breed and now have two of our own. The first, who is not from military stock, we purchased from a breeder. The other Mal, HHarpy, was our second foster puppy who washed out of puppy training after two months. She would attack the decoy but lacked the will to defend herself against pressure. She did excellent detection on some days, but on others she was not motivated. So HHarpy lives with us where no one will die if she decides to watch an airplane go by rather than find the source of odor she is seeking. She has plenty of drive so I didn’t really understand clearly why she lacked what was needed for the military or law enforcement work. After reading this book, I “got it.”

These Malinois, especially the dogs from the military breeding program, are not typical pet dogs. They require a lot of training and a great deal of exercise and challenge. The author discussed the problems involved in placing the SF dogs after they have served, and even our wash-out puppies are not easy to deal with after spending 6 months in the kennels waiting to be picked up by law enforcement. So much of this book rang true with me from my experience in the foster program. We don’t hear too much about what happens to our “babies” if they go on to be MWDs. This book provides a window for us to catch a glimpse of their working lives and their importance to our service men and women.

I recommend reading this book even if you don’t have a dog. The military canine programs deserve our support. We ask so much of these dogs and we owe them respect and care, those who are able to work and those who cannot. No one who has raised or worked with one of these dogs would ever consider them “equipment” as they are presently classified by our government. This must change! Reading this book will make the reasons very, very clear. ...more
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Sep 27, 2018

Love the topic. Tons of respect for the Seals and the working dogs. For some reason the book didn’t grab me well. Found myself drifting away sometimes and not being too concerned with rereading. Good stories. I will read the authors other book about actual training. Maybe that will be better.

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