About Mike Ritland 2017-11-21T16:02:09+00:00

About Mike Ritland

Mike Ritland was born in Waterloo, IA and served 12 years as a US Navy SEAL. He saw action in Operation IRAQI Freedom and multiple special operations missions. Mike served as the Naval Special Warfare Multi Purpose Canine (MPC) Trainer from 2011 to 2012.

After his service, Mike founded Trikos International, which specializes in providing private protection K9s to government agencies and high-net-worth Individuals. Trikos International has grown to a global brand and has gained acclaim for its unique training approach and proven success.

Ritland has trained hundreds of working dogs for combat and specializes in private protection dog training, military dog training and police dog training. He has over 18 years experience in importing, breeding, raising and training multiple breeds of working dogs.

About Mike Ritland on bench with dog

Mike is the author of three New York Times Best Selling books: Trident K9 Warriors, Navy SEAL Dogs and TEAM Dog.

Mike Ritland has provided private protection K9s for celebrities, private individuals and government agencies, including:

  • Department of Defense (DoD)
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
  • U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP)

He is an active content contributor to numerous journals, blogs and publications, including SOFREP, Men’s Journal, Police K9 Magazine and K9 Cop Magazine.

He has been a keynote speaker at Purdue University’s Discovery Lecture Series, C-SPAN2 BookTV, and HITS Training Conference. Mike has been interviewed on dozens of media affiliates, including CBS 60-Minutes, ABC, NBC, FOX and PBS.

About Mike Ritland in ravine with dog

Mike and Rico, his personal K-9, recently collaborated with the Xbox crew to create the latest iteration of 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. The official release was November 5, 2013.

Mike Ritland also founded the Warrior Dog Foundation, a non-profit special operations K9 retirement foundation. The Warrior Dog Foundation is dedicated to serving working military K9s, the special operations community and their families. With the Foundation’s state of the art kennel facility, these dogs are given the opportunity to live out the rest of their lives with dignity and grace, and are attended to with compassion to both their mental and physical rehabilitation for the rest of their lives.

Ritland currently resides in Dallas, TX 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 and perfecting the art of BBQ.

mike ritland in field with dog