Mike Ritland was born in Waterloo, IA and served 12 years as a US NAVY SEAL in Operation IRAQI Freedom and multiple special forces missions. He served as the Naval Special Warfare Multi Purpose Canine (MPC) Trainer 2011 / 2012. After his service he began 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 notoriety 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.
He 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:
● Department of Defense (DOD)
● Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
● Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
● U.S.Customs and Border Patrol (CBP)
● Private Individuals
● *Other Government Agencies
He is an active content contributor for numerous journals, blogs and publications such as S.O.F.R.E.P, Men’s Journal, Police K9 Magazine and K9 Cop Magazine. He has been a key-note speaker at Purdue University’s Discovery Lecture Series, Book TV C-SPAN2 Live, H.I.T.S Training Conference and has been interviewed on dozens of media affiliates such as CBS 60-Minutes, ABC, NBC, FOX and PBS.
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, 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 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.