- Name: Nero -Latin and Italian origins. “Wise Warrior”.
- Age: 3 years old
- Weight: 70lbs
- About: Royal Dutch KNPV trained dog that is very clear headed and calm, but all business when he needs to be. This dog has a presence.
You can look forward to our new monthly K9 Warriors feature brought to us by my good friend and former SEAL teammate Mike Ritland. Mike is the author of K9 Trident Warriors and the owner of Trikos International. Mike has some of the best personal protection dogs in the world. We’ll feature a new dog each month and include training videos and other cool features about these amazing animals. Enjoy, and let us know what you think about Nero, what a bad ass…
I personally think that owning a dog is one of the best protective measures a family can have in a home. -Brandon
You can learn more about KNPV training here.
Any chance we can get his kennel name to check out his pedigree? I am know a lot about the GSD working pedigree, but would like to learn more about malinois.
Cool Name, Cool Look'n dog....and if Mr. Ritland trained him, I'm sure he'll live up to his name. Pics are worth a 1000 words.
Nero is indeed a bad ass, Mike you do some amazing work, and have some amazing animals. I look forward to the new K9 Warriors feature in the coming months. Keep up the kick ass job Mr. Webb, Mr. Ritland, and everyone at SOFREP. You all put out some great content.
Don't know if you do detector dogs, but if you do, I'm curious: Do you train for sit alerts, or lie down (or neither)?
Another great post (like there have ever really been any bad ones) ;) !!! I want a Malinois so bad! What a gorgeous dog Nero is! The Malinois/Shepherd breeds have always been my favorite followed very closely by Husky/Malamute. We had my sons Siberian Husky with us for 3 months. She is such an amazing animal! So intelligent and SO HYPER! She would get me up every morning at 5:00am like clockwork to go out for her morning walk/run - I gotta admit I more than likely at times must have looked like the pic of obumer below - she was so much fun! I'll really miss having her up on the mountain this winter!
Great looking dog. I agree that have a PP dog is a great first line of defense. I don't think that people understand how hard these dogs hit...they are pro athletes!
Mike Ritland, as I understand it, is actually the author of the book entitled "Trident K9 Warriors" and he has an upcoming book entitled "Navy SEAL Dogs" due to be released October 29, 2013. All proceeds from "Navy SEAL Dogs" will go to the Scholastic Book Fund for school district use to be used in classrooms and is the children's book equivalent of the book entitled "Trident K9 Warriors". Nero is a Tier One PipeHitter.
Here's a Ritland question: How does he train with regard to personal protection dogs behaving to first responders?
One thing I want to train to avoid is having my dog who is trained to intimidate potential burglars behave that way towards a first responder who might be responding to a 911 call at my residence when no one is home.
There have been more than a few instances of cops shooting a family dog because they weren't sure of it. Granted some assholes shouldn't be wearing a badge, but it's a legit concern. A lot of cops won't wait until they are bit to fire on a dog. Curious on Ritland's take.
Google up "Rosie the dog" in Washington if you want an example.
If anyone is interested in some of the legal aspects of (working) dogs, including Fourth Amendment issues, check out The Dog Law Reporter.
i'm convinced dogs have a special relationship to mankind. my wife has a silly little griffon bruxellois (for "manly reasons" i won't claim it) that we inherited from our daughter. every morning i let that dog out with the chickens, and all day it will follow, sit and watch over them while they graze, like ralph and sam sheepdog (for you young guys, a cartoon from the 50's & 60's) following and watching, keeping the hawks and snakes at bay, and alerting me to strange dogs that might happen by. at the end of the day, i put up the chickens, allow the dog to go to her spot in the house. next day, rinse, repeat. no complaints, just give her basic care, and she will tirelessly do her job.
Being an old Nam dog handler these are personal to me. These working dogs are incredible. If I might I would like to put in a word for Mike Ritland's Warrior Dog Foundation. Mike's foundation helps with these dogs that can't return to society after their service, some suffer from severe PTSD just like their human counterparts. Help Mike feed and care for these awesome brothers in arms. I left my dog "Bruno" in Viet Nam 45 yrs ago and there aren't many days that pass that I don't think of Bruno.
Beautiful dog! I can't see my Lab, Lapdawg, doing the bite duties but he does the job when someone comes to the door. It's fun to answer with him doing his "I'm going to chew you up bark" , hair raised on his back and me holding him back. Usually it's just men who get this treatment. People have a tendency to back up rather quickly. The rest of the time he is just my 80 pound lap dog.
I think it's awesome with this every month. I have so much respect for working dogs, and look forward to reading more of these K9 Warriors :)
K9 Trident Warriors is on my Goodreads to-read list :)
Truly, dogs help us do and understanding so many things.
I signed up for SOFREP for many reasons but my money is now well spent. He is an excellent looking dog. I'd love to pick Mr. Ritlands brain. I do decoy work everyday and nothing makes me happier than knowing my dog and many I've trained may and can save someones life. We have 3 KNPV dogs in our kennels right now and they are by far some of the best working lines I've ever had the pleasure of working with
What a handsome Warrior. He has a "De-Nero" presence. Love this new ad to SOFREP. But then again, I spend more time with dogs than people.
This is going to be good BW!
The coyotes stretched out my Rat Terrier of 10 years. Fearless little dog. Our home CCW dogs now are a Pyrenees and Anatolian shepperd.
DO NOT approach the wife if the Pyrenees is not on the restraint.
I've never been around personal protection dogs but this pyrenees is devoted to my bride.
Would like to have some input about the Anatolian sheperd pup we have.
He is 7 months old and wiegh's118 lbs. Deep mouth like a crocodile and is slow to mature.
Any input is appreciated. I like the dog.
@BukowskiLynn In honor of you Lynn, I am naming my new female Malli "Grace". Julia (JHR)
"have a special relationship to mankind."
There's a reason no one grew-up reading Jack London's harrowing tales of man and cat alone in the wilderness: For at least 35,000 years, dogs remain the only creature to have willingly sought out our companionship as we shuffle along this mortal coil. (This, incidentally, may be the root problem of the Middle East: They're cat people.)
That why the penultimate part of Dakota Meyer's bio, where all he wants is to do is see the dog, but returns to discover.... Well, "stabby" would describe my frame of mind.
Similarly, anyone who's talked with prisoners/criminals finds that their concern for their dogs is deep and transparently genuine (usually, if appallingly, far more so than for their children); so much so that talking of their love for their dogs, and you for yours, shows that you have something profoundly in common, an existential equality that helps, if temporarily, eliminate all other (social, economic) differences.
To be sure, we've breed for traits in the last century; but the impulse is atavistic. See Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition, How the Dog Became the Dog: From Wolves to Our Best Friends, and The Genius of Dogs.
"no complaints, just give her basic care, and she will tirelessly do her job."
Sometimes, the tac guys I work with get a bit too much, "DURR, I am Sheepdog!" So, I bring out the border collie for a little reactive-conditioning S&C game of, "Let's see which sheepdog quits first." (To give you an idea how that turns out, the picture is what the normally all-black pads of his paws looked like after 4 hours of urban S&R, before he worked non-stop for another 8 hours, leaving little bloody pawprints to and fro. The guys swear he taunts them.
@razteca That is cool. Our Pyrenees watches our free range chickens also, Part of his flock.
@flhtse05 My father was a dog handler in Vietnam. My dad always had a big picture of Astor in our living room. My dad passed away last week and we had people make donations to the Warrior Dog Foundation.
@flhtse05 That must be tuff Bro. I wanted to adopt a service dog but could not promise 24-7 supervised attention. I thought a ranch life would be the perfect home but those ex military dogs require more than I thought. Dang. Maybe some day. I hope there are plenty of homes for those loyal dogs.
Maybe I do not know as much as I need to know. Dick
FYI: "A Soldier’s Best Friend: Scout Dogs and Their Handlers in the Vietnam War";
"None Came Home: The War Dogs of Vietnam"; "Dog Tags of Courage: Combat Infantrymen And War Dog Heroes in Vietnam."
It's worth noting that working dogs are still classified as equipment. (Fun Fact: Detector dogs are the single biggest security expense at the Baghdad embassy, accounting for about 37% of total security expenditure.)
@MizBeckie I've had the shepherds , then Mallis as work partners all my life. Also have had near close matches to wolve lineage out of our "Venus". However, I had a home raised hunting dog, a Lab, that turns up the aggression notch to the correct degree at the perfect time, that she has been "riding along" for 5+ years. All of but one of her 5 pups are in rescue, back country avalanche work, LEO and another agency working. Her love for me "brings it" in a way I've never seen a Labrador do. I was once attacked by a dog and she killed the dog. She works well with other dogs, like tandem. I am interested to hear of any handlers who have ever had 2 dogs working together. When she works, she tag teams with her partner. Interesting to watch. Some have said it is because she grew up with cats and hunted with them.
@JohnChristopher1 That was funny...
@JohnChristopher1 I thought it was out already.
@dickftrSo the pup is the newest one. Last I heard you only had the one. Holy cow 118lbs already. You've got the space to run them both. Beautiful animal http://images.akc.org/breeds/anatolian_shepherd_dog/lg_artwork.jpg
Patti and I were blessed with a new home and a 40 acre hay meadow.
We had been shopping for a home and acreage for a long time and there it was.
I bach at the ranch and Patti has the dogs and the free ranging chickens at our new home.
Only 13 miles,bottle of wine to a hot date from the ranch (good cookin).
@dickftr @razteca this was many years ago, my friend (maybe 30?). it was the offspring of a house dog that had busted through a plate glass door to get at an intruder to protect it's owner. sorry i can't remember the details of the GP.... i just remember him being a big, loving monster and the regret of never accepting the offer for that pup.
maybe after I retire in 10 years I may be able to help a retired dog.
Horses and cattle take up my job now, thus I could not adopt and the foundation that Txazz hooked me up with realized that, although my intentions were good, I was not a good prospect.
Thank you for you're input.
@JHR13 @Recon6 RR. I certainly Hope you do Not lose your Lab!! I have a choc. Lab that is 'human', most intelligent dog ever. Does everything except 'speak', lol, so I can only imagine your connection with your Lab.
I no longer hunt as I don't eat meat but I still recall the excitement of the hunt....6
@Recon6 Its gorgeous in the hunting arena. I hunt when I need to, not seasonally any more. Perhaps these dogs are just responding to their environmental upbringing with me alone. The rule of thumb at my uncles and his training program, is to have one on one. I've had 2 with me for a while and it is working. BTW, I may lose my awesome Lab. Kicked in the head yesterday by a horse.
Gorgeous pup :)
shooten JHR13 Recon6 Thanks Guys. This dog has been by my side for 9 years. Never travelled without her, ever. She has her own passport:-)
JHR13 Recon6 Sorry to hear about your Lab. I hope for the best for you.
JHR13 Recon6 RR. I certainly Hope you do Not lose your Lab!! I have a choc. Lab that is 'human', most intelligent dog ever. Does everything except 'speak', lol, so I can only imagine your connection with your Lab. I no longer hunt as I don't eat meat but I still recall the excitement of the hunt....6
Recon6 Its gorgeous in the hunting arena. I hunt when I need to, not seasonally any more. Perhaps these dogs are just responding to their environmental upbringing with me alone. The rule of thumb at my uncles and his training program, is to have one on one. I've had 2 with me for a while and it is working. BTW, I may lose my awesome Lab. Kicked in the head yesterday by a horse.