After his service, Mike Ritland founded Trikos International, which specializes in providing working K9s to a multitude of clients. He now has over 15 years experience in importing, breeding, raising, and training multiple breeds of working dogs. With his unique training approach, Ritland has trained thousands of working dogs for real-world applications.
With this proven success, Trikos International has grown into a global brand, providing private protection K9s for celebrities, private individuals, and working K9’s to government agencies, including:
Department of Defense (DoD)
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP)
Police Departments across the U.S.
WARRIOR DOG FOUNDATION
NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING AUTHOR
In addition to his novels, Ritland also has been featured in numerous other publications such as Town & Country, Police K9 Magazine, K9 Cop Magazine, Working Dog Magazine, SOFREP, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, NYPOST, Men’s Journal, Cesar’s Way, Texas Monthly, and a Reddit AMA.
EXPERT K9 TRAINING SPEAKER
His expertise has earned Ritland the role of keynote speaker for Purdue University’s Discovery Lecture Series, for Bucknell University, and for various schools for children of all ages across the United States. Conferences across the country have also asked him to present, including Stansberry Conference Series, ESA Security Conference, HITS Training Conference, Police K9 Magazine Conference, K9 Cop Magazine Conference, Working Dog Magazine Conference, California Narcotic Canine Association, and IaAWP Iowa Association of Women Police.
Mike Ritland is not only an accomplished author and speaker, but he has been interviewed by dozens of media affiliates, including ABC, CBS 60-Minutes, CBS 60-Minutes Overtime, CBS This Morning, C-SPAN, C-SPAN2 BOOKTV, Fox News, Fox News Videos, Fox and Friends, NBC, and PBS. Ritland also has numerous appearances on podcasts, such as The Marilu Henner Show, iHeart RADIO, ITS Tactical, and Team Never Quit.
EXPERT K9 TRAINING CONTRIBUTOR
With his respectable knowledge of all things canine, Mike Ritland has been asked to work with and/or consult with various pet companies like Dogtra, KONG, Oma’s Pride Raw Dog Food, and TEFCO.
It’s not all work and no play, for Ritland, though. He and his personal K9, Rico, collaborated with the Xbox crew to create Call of Duty: Ghosts. The video game brings lifelike characters and immersive worlds together on a new, next-generation engine. The dog in Call of Duty works together with his team to fulfill missions.
Rico has become quite the star himself. Biting books to sign them and even having a action figure made in his likeness.
TEAMDOG.PET – ONLINE DOG TRAINING
Mike created the TeamDog.pet Trikos Team Dog Online Training website. Mike is looking to revolutionize how we interact with our dogs with his Trikos Team Dog program. This platform provides online dog training to dog owners all across the world. Current community members range from first-time puppy owners to well established dog trainers, as there is something for everyone. Ritland personally interacts with members on the site and answers their questions.
Mike Ritland currently resides in Dallas, Texas and dedicates his time daily to working with his K9s at Trikos International and the Warrior Dog Foundation. When he is not traveling on business, he enjoys spending quality time with each of his dogs, staying fit, playing guitar and perfecting the art of BBQ.