Warrior Dog Foundation In the News

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Mike Ritland Honored

The NFL and the Minnesota Vikings honored Mike Ritland and the Warrior Dog foundation as the US Bank Hometown Heros.

Founder Mike Ritland on FOX and Friends

Former Navy SEAL and K9 trainer Mike Ritland details how hero dogs like the one injured in the al-Baghdadi raid are incorporated into military operations.

Meet the ‘Warrior Dogs,’ Service Animals Finding New Lives After the Battlefield.

They have been shot, blown up, traumatized and driven nearly mad. Some can no longer distinguish bad guys from good guys and attack both. Others turn inward and just stop performing the jobs they’ve been meticulously trained to do.
When that happens, the canines become a liability to the military, and are dismissed. The lucky ones end up with Mike Ritland at the Warrior Dog Foundation in Commerce, Texas, where the former Navy SEAL coaxes them back from the edge.

Mike Ritland

Founder of Warrior Dog Foundation and former US Navy SEAL rings The NYSE Opening Bell.

FOX News Interview

Dog of war: Taliban claims to have captured military canine.
What roles do military working dogs play?


Watch this candid interview with Mike Ritland and FOX News discussing the recent events.

60 Minutes Story

Warrior Dog Foundation Flagship Video from Warrior Dog Foundation on Vimeo.

Warrior Dog Foundation from Warrior Dog Foundation on Vimeo.

Mayor Honor’s Isabella Rybak as Youth Brand Ambassador for WDF:
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The Bucknellian – “Navy SEAL and dog inspire audience” (2/5/15)
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KPCW, Park City -“The Mountain Life” (2/4/15)
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Texas Monthly “The Dogs of War” (Feb. 2015)
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Men’s Journal – A Navy SEAL’s 5 Tips to Train Your Dog (1/29/15)
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FOX43 – Train your dog the Navy Seal way with “Team Dog” (1/29/15)
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Wishtv.com – “Pet Pals TV: Patty talks with Navy SEAL Mike Ritland about how to train your dog the Navy SEAL way!” (1/29/15)
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FOX & friends – How to train your dog the Navy SEAL way (1/28/15)
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New York Post – “Bomb-sniffing dogs that hunt off-leash and the future of K9s” (1/25/15)
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SOFREP – “Navy SEAL Dog Training Tips for Dog Owners Everywhere: “Team Dog” By Mike Ritland” (1/24/15)
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New York Post – 4 ways to train your dog like a Navy SEAL (1/24/15)
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Men’s Journal – Military Dogs Get Their Day (11/11/14)
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The Washington Post – The Belgian Malinois: The dog the White House didn’t use on fence-jumping intruder (9/23/14)
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Purdue University – K-9 Warriors’ author, Navy SEAL to visit Purdue, deliver Discovery Lecture (9/5/14)
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CBS Dallas – Warrior Dog Foundation Helps Animals Heal (7/1/14)
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ABC Newspapers – Patriot Ride to draw thousands of bikers to Ham Lake (6/7/14)
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Las Vegas Informer – From California to Las Vegas to Colorado to Texas: Part of the journey of the Ford truck for the Warrior Dog Foundation (6/4/14)
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Cycle World – Warrior Dog Foundation National Fundraiser Day (5/2/14)
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Eric Frohardt from the Navy SEAL Foundation and Rachel Allon from the Warrior Dog Foundation tell us about the Evening of Tribute.


The Navy SEAL Foundation’s Evening of Tribute.

Deer Valley Times:

A Different Sort of Hero…

Warrior Dog Foundation Helps Animals Heal

COOPER, TX (CBSDFW.COM) – We usually think of our dogs as loving household pets, but at the Warrior Dog Foundation, a kennel ninety miles east of Dallas, special dogs have returned from combat zones to heal, while others are being trained to keep people safe…

Summit County nonprofit briefs: Bike Night benefits Warrior Dogs Foundation

Silverthorne Power Sports and Old Chicago are teaming up for Bike Night on Thursday, June 26. The event will take place at Old Chicago in Silverthorne, and feature door prizes, food specials and a silent auction with more than 20 items. Proceeds from the event will benefit the…

Honda Donates Pioneer 700 to the Warrior Dog Foundation:

June 1, 2014 – Dallas, TX – Speed and Strength and Tucker Rocky teamed up with motorcycle dealers across the country to launch the Warrior Dog Foundation National Fundraiser Day. The fundraiser attracted…

Las Vegas Informer:

From California to Las Vegas to Colorado to Texas: Part of the journey of the Ford truck for the Warrior Dog Foundation…

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An anonymous donor in California wanted to give a truck to the nonprofit foundation, which is dedicated helping dogs…

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The Bookworm hosts book event with author, former Navy Seal Mike Ritland…

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C-SPAN and the Savannah Book Festival

Feb 13-16 marks the renown 7th annual Savannah Book Festival with over 40 bestselling authors, one of which will be Mike Ritland and one very special K9. Meet Mr.Ritland and have your personal copy of Trident K9 Warriors signed. Arrive early to secure your seat at an exclusive speaking engagement covered by C-SPAN on Feb 15th where Mr.Ritland will lead a candid Q&A with attendees. Seating is first come first serve.

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Retired Navy SEAL spends his days training dogs for our special forces in harms way

COOPER, TX (KETK) — KETK traveled to rural Delta County, about a 90 minute drive north of Tyler to meet Mike Ritland: a retired Navy SEAL with a love of country and a passion for a very unique animal.

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Elite military dogs find bombs, take

down bad guys

Mike Ritland is no ordinary dog trainer. Before founding Trikos International, his private business, Ritland was a K9 trainer for the U.S. Navy SEALs. He now breeds and raises “protection” dogs for private individuals and government agencies, focusing especially on special operations forces for the U.S. military…

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K-9 Nutrition:

An interview and Bite Work with Mike Ritland and Rico
ITS Tactical – September 24, 2013

Check out ITS Tactical Interview with former Navy SEAL Mike Ritland and his Working Dog Rico. Mike discusses Nutrition and how that translates to overall fitness, giving Rico what he needs to take down Bryan running in a Bite Suit in this video.


Watch this interview and Bite Work with Mike Ritland and Rico here.

To see the full write-up on ITS Tactical with photos and more information click here.

Trident K9 Warriors:

An interview with Former Navy SEAL Mike Ritland
ITS Tactical – June 6, 2013

Bryan from ITS Tactical recently visited Cooper, TX and interviewed Mike Ritland, a former Navy SEAL and founder of the Warrior Dog Foundation, Trikos International and author of Trident K9 Warriors. In the interview, Mike goes into further detail about his organizations, talks about the history of military working dogs and how the mission has changed since working dogs first entered the scene for the US Military in Vietnam.


Watch the interview with Former Navy SEAL Mike Ritland here.

A Sensible Approach to School Security:
K-9 in the Class Room

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