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Navy Seal Dogs: My Tale of Training Canines for Combat Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Ritland, Michael
ISBN: 1250049695     ISBN-13: 9781250049698
Publisher: Griffin
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: January 2015
Annotation: A young adult adaptation of the best-selling Trident K9 Warriors presents an insider's tour of the world of elite Navy SEAL working dogs to explain how they are trained, the extreme missions they undertake and how after retiring they are placed in loving homes. Reprint.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Dogs; War use; United States.
Dogs; War use; Iraq.
Dogs; War use; Afghanistan.
Dewey: 359.9/84
LCCN: bl2015004540
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.25" W x 0.75" (0.45 lbs) 190 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 163806
Reading Level: 7.7   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 11.0
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Contributor Bio(s):

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.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Spring)
Adapting his adult book, Trident K9 Warriors, former SEAL Ritland offers a detailed and compelling account of his work training dogs to be highly skilled warriors. This elite canine team's intelligence and sensitive warning signals provide valuable aid in combat. A fascinating portrait with well-deserved recognition for our military's four-legged heroes. Black-and-white photo insert not seen. Appendix, map. Glos.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2013 September #4)

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. (Oct.)

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