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How to Train Your Dog – the Navy SEAL Way with Mike Ritland

By The ITS Crew

Team Dog Book

Our good friend, former Navy SEAL and New York Times Bestselling Author, Mike Ritland, is releasing a new book on January 29th called, “Team Dog: How to Train Your Dog–the Navy SEAL Way.” I’m excited about this book, because it’s been in the works for some time and Mike hinted about working on it the last time we had the chance to interview him on his Cooper, TX ranch.

Team Dog is a no-nonsense approach to training any type of dog and Mike’s straight shooting nature is a breath of fresh air. He’ll tell you exactly what’s achievable and just what kind of commitment you need to put forth to ensure it does. I’ve only had an advance copy for a few days, but so far I haven’t been able to put it down! Mike’s first book, Trident K9 Warriors was focused on the training pipeline for working dogs that SEALs used and the important bonds they formed. In Team Dog, Mike shares tips on how to achieve any level of obedience with your dog.

Team Dog Book

Just a few of the topics include how to: choose the perfect dog for your household, establish yourself as the “team leader,” master “command and control,” employ “situational awareness” and solidify your dog’s position as the family’s ultimate best friend. Here’s my favorite quote thus far in the book:

The bottom line is that if your dog isn’t doing what he is supposed to or what you want him to, it’s not the dog’s fault. It’s YOUR fault, for not properly communicating to him what you need him to do, not spending the time needed to train him properly, or not being observant enough to recognize early on when and how your relationship might be out of balance.

I’m very much looking forward to completing Team Dog and applying some of these principles to our Doberman at home. He’s getting up there in age, but I’m determined that there’s still a few “tricks” we can teach him.

In addition to checking out Team Dog, now available for pre-order through, learn more about all the great work that Mike and his team are doing with Trikos International and the non-profit he founded, the Warrior Dog Foundation. We’re proud to have partnered with WDF to donate the proceeds of our K-9 Morale Patch directly to their efforts and I feel it’s also important to note that proceeds from the sale of all Mike’s books are also donated to the Warrior Dog Foundation.

If you’re still not convinced, here’s a PDF book sample you can check out before Team Dogs is released on Thursday, January 29th.


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  • Hidyn

    I’ll be buying this book, thanks for the heads up!

  • hiho

    Isnt it a little ridiculous how many Seals are writing books? I personally am waiting for the Navy Seal cook book

    • Sharpsh00ter

      @hiho Have you read any of them?

    • noone

      @hiho theres a white in class 314 writing a cook book actually!

    • noone

      white shirt*

    • Colleen Posey

      @hiho S.E.A.L.s write books because they actually have something to  write about. 

      There was a time when the warrior was praised and their stories told throughout tribes and villages. American Indians would sit around the campfire and the Chief would tell the youth stories about their elite, to humble, inspire and guide young boys into manhood.  The techniques, weapons and trade was handed down from generation to generation to provide protection and survival for it’s people.

      Today, we don’t have small tribes and villages and certainly not a chief sharing the stories of courage. The trade of the warrior  has been hidden under the government’s desire to control by calling its elite ‘secret’.  And who is to share these trades? Who is to share the story of fallen warriors who gave EVERYTHING? Shouldn’t they be honored around the “campfire” of America? And are these stories just for warriors or can these stories be shared with everyone in hopes to hand down a trade, a way of thinking to the next generation of warriors? How many  S.E.A.L.s  were inspired by Dick Marcinko’s book, “Rogue Warrior”?
      Now, like stories told, some will LEARN from the nuggets of wisdom and training tools handed down from a warrior.  Some will  motivate themselves to work toward developing  the character that comes from the sacrifice of discipline. Some will be driven toward having the love of close brothers willing to fight along side of them and inspire teamwork in their workplace. Some will be inspired to push through their fears in life and find  meaning and purpose by following that dream they buried inside of themselves so long ago.

      And some…. will get aggravated by the warriors song. Perhaps they are irritated by the flood of stories because deep down inside themselves, there is conviction in their own lack from sitting on the sidelines. And when a person senses that inferiority , you have two choices: humble yourself and improve, or criticize and continue to lack.  

      Which one are you? 

      So in conclusion, I’ll leave you with a favorite saying from my warrior mother:

      “Shut up, put up, and grow up.”  😉

  • TomAsmus

    I’m a disabled navy vet and i found this unknown dingo type in remote mountains of Mindanao. They’re very stubborn, fast, intelligent,  and climb trees. I mean pup up a coconut tree, climb trees! Guess I better read something,  the pups 3 months and over 30 lbs. Dogs of Mindanao on face book. 


  • KevinMoulder

    I read this book. It is excellent and used a lot of the content to train my German Shepherd

  • JRcloud9

    Thus far I have trained my dogs with the “Kohler” method of training. Though it has been highly successful, and I have 2 incredible “man stoppers”, I am highly interested in buying a copy and comparing the training methods. My pitbull x Shephard is going on 10 and has earnd his retirement, my German Shepherd is now 3, so it due time to add to the pack, and considering I reside alone deep in the Canadian bush, there’s no better place.
    And as for hiho’s comment, maybe he, and the rest of North America should read more books put out by our former service members, they reveal what our troops actually face on, and behind the front lines, not to mention what some go through after. I only wish I could serve along side everyone of them, I would lay down my life for my country and yours. Those who haven’t got that honor, that fight, should bite their tongues and just follow along like sheep.
    Respect forever!

  • Colleen Posey

    Great book. Taught me a lot about leadership and what it takes to get a canine to trust, obey and follow. 

    The funny thing is: there were so many parallels to a marriage in this book. Leadership means understanding the dispositions and breeds in canine’s and people. Strong willed canine’s and strong willed women are very similar and great leadership is VITAL in the survival of that relationship. 

    If men could establish leadership, respect, trust, love and loyalties in dogs; I suppose there is hope for us strong willed women yet who believe in the christian leadership of a man. 

    Of course, I’m a chick so I had to get something girlie out of this. 😉 

    Thanks for a great study…

  • Canadian LoneWolf

    Great book Mike. It was my misconception the book was another ‘how to train’ manuel, by a highly respected trainer. Nothing of the sort at all, It was much more a ‘how to associate’ manuel. It broke down the relationship we have with our dogs in a way I hadn’t begun to consider. Within just a few months of work my shepherd and I have overcome a few issues that, until your book, had stumped me. I shrugged them off as ‘character flaws’ and resigned myself to the fact we weren’t going to over come them. Was I wrong…
    Thank you greatly and I look forward to a much better relationship with my dogs, present and future.

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