In an interview on Fox and Friends, Mike Ritland, former Navy SEAL and author of Trident K9 Warriors: My Tale From the Training Ground to the Battlefield with Elite Navy SEAL Canines, provided an inside look at the important work elite canines do with our troops overseas.
Ritland says he wrote the book because he “just wanted to get it out there so that people understood how capable, and how much these dogs augment these guys overseas.”
In addition to sniffing out bombs and apprehending fleeing criminals, the dogs provide great company. Ritland said, “There’s really not any soldier overseas who doesn’t enjoy hanging out with a dog.”
We here at the Fox News Insider were able to get our hands on an excerpt of the book. Read below and check out some pictures of these incredible dogs.
All dog trainers have their own theories, and some of them are scientific based. A lot of them are old wives’ tales or just the experiences that they have had that seem to work the best for them. I’ve done a lot of training and seen a lot of good and bad results. And I can tell you that the methods that I’m about to go over are the ones on which I’ve seen empirical data backed up with studies. I’ve also seen the good results from them, and I’ve seen bad results from not adhering to these principles.
Basically what it boils down to is that the puppies we choose to train are a kind of blank slate, but they absolutely retain some of their pack-animal instincts.