October 13, 2013

K9 Warriors: Meet “Nero”

  • 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.

 
Nero 3
Nero 2
All photos courtesy of Mike Ritland and Trikos International.

About the Author

is a former U.S. Navy SEAL with combat deployments to Afghanistan, and Iraq. During his last tour he served as the west coast sniper Course Manager at the Naval Special Warfare Center. He is Editor-in-Chief of SpecialOperations.com, a SOFREP contributing editor, and a New York Times best selling author (The Red Circle & Benghazi: The Definitive Report). Follow Brandon on Facebook, Twitter or his website.

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83 comments
qdogg691
qdogg691

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.

usapatriotonthemove
usapatriotonthemove

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. 

Flynn2
Flynn2

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.

JohnChristopher1
JohnChristopher1

Mike,

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)?

gipbmac
gipbmac

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!

qdogg691
qdogg691

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!

BukowskiLynn
BukowskiLynn

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. 

big_hatdance
big_hatdance

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. 

razteca
razteca

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.

flhtse05
flhtse05

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.

MizBeckie
MizBeckie

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.

Glifik
Glifik

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 :)

kscoreusmc
kscoreusmc

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

JohnChristopher1
JohnChristopher1

Wow. Even SEAL dogs have books. How long before Zero Bark Thirty gets released?


JHR13
JHR13

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.

dickftr
dickftr

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.


JHR13
JHR13

@BukowskiLynn In honor of you Lynn, I am naming my new female Malli "Grace". Julia (JHR)

JohnChristopher1
JohnChristopher1

@razteca

 "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. 

dickftr
dickftr

@razteca That is cool. Our Pyrenees watches our free range chickens also, Part of his flock.

qdogg691
qdogg691

@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.

dickftr
dickftr

@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

JohnChristopher1
JohnChristopher1

@flhtse05  

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.)

JHR13
JHR13

@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.

razteca
razteca

@dickftr @razteca one of the dozen or so regrets i have... not accepting a GP pup from a friend of mine.  didn't know how i could take care of it at the time, so...   they are a hardworking, useful, loyal, breed.

flhtse05
flhtse05

@qdogg691 @flhtse05 Sorry for your loss RIP Brother. "Welcome Home" I was with the 981ST Sentry Dog Detachment Pleiku RVN 1969/1970.

Recon6
Recon6 moderator

@qdogg691 @flhtse05  Sympathies extended for the loss of your Dad bro.  The VN dog handlers were some Awesome guys!!  God Bless....6

flhtse05
flhtse05

@dickftr @flhtse05 Contact Mike Ritland thru Twitter or his website Trikos Int. He can probably help you out or give you some direction. Beware these dogs are not your typical dogs and require a great deal of attention and special care.

Recon6
Recon6 moderator

@JHR13 @MizBeckie  J, once upon a time I was an avid hunter of meat animals. 

It was quite amazing watching two dogs work in tandem on birds, they will 'Honor' one another on point etc. in order to get the game!  Dogs working in tandem is truly beautiful....6

dickftr
dickftr

@Txazz @dickftr Hi Texazz, yes Mam, He is a big pup. Ranch owner told me to get rid of the big dogs or get another job. We put the dogs in a kennel at a FRIENDS place.

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).

razteca
razteca

@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.

dickftr
dickftr

@flhtse05 @dickftr Thank you Sir.

 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
JHR13

@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:-)

shooten
shooten moderator

@JHR13 @Recon6 Sorry to hear about your Lab.  I hope for the best for you.

Recon6
Recon6 moderator

@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

JHR13
JHR13

@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.

Txazz
Txazz

@dickftr @Txazz Am thrilled for y'all and that worked out well.  A miracle in the nick of time!  Hope you'll be on that 40 acres w/Patti, soon.

  • dhforbes68

    Gorgeous pup :)

  • JHR13

    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:-)

  • shooten

    JHR13 Recon6 Sorry to hear about your Lab.  I hope for the best for you.

  • Recon6

    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

  • JHR13

    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.