Pet Pals TV: Patty talks with Navy SEAL Mike Ritland about how to train your dog the Navy SEAL way!

Mike Ritland book cover artThe Navy SEALs are known as “the teams” for good reason. Every member of the unit understands the role he has to play, spends hours of working together to build trust, and forges an unbreakable bond through repetition and commitment. As a Navy SEAL and a trainer of military working dogs, Mike Ritland has spent nearly his entire adult life fostering the best of human and canine attributes—a respect for authority, care for other’s well-being, and a commitment to getting things done right. In his new book, Team Dog, Ritland uses his experience to show how the same principles used to train combat dogs for the battlefield can be applied to your dog at home.

All dogs have the basic necessities to survive. In terms on what drives them, what motivates them…it is as individual as you or I.”


He has created one of the most successful canine training programs in the country, providing dogs and training for the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs, TSA, and the Department of Defense, as well as elite Special Forces units within the US Military. Ritland also established the Warrior Dog Foundation, which helps to transition dogs from an operational environment into a state-of-the-art kennel facility.


About the Author: Mike Ritland joined the navy in 1996, and after twelve years started his own company to train dogs for the SEAL teams. His clients include the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs, TSA, and the Department of Defense. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Trident K9 Warriors, which is being adapted for film.

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