Former US Navy Seal
Mike served 12 years as a former US Navy Seal. He saw action in Operation IRAQI Freedom and numerous special operations missions. A nearby marine mission in particular, had a detailed account of an explosive-detector dog alert to a grenade booby trap hidden in a doorway, saving the lives of the Marines assigned to the mission. Ritland then instantly knew that he wanted to work with similar dogs and harness their remarkable abilities to defeat the tools of modern warfare. Due to that inspiration, Ritland became a Navy SEAL Multi-purpose canine trainer. Mike served as Naval Special Warfare Multi-Purpose Canine (MPC) Trainer for the West Coast.
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 the Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) as well as Police Departments across the US.
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 the dignity and grace they deserve.
The Warrior Dogs are attended to with heartfelt compassion administering to their mental and physical rehabilitation for the rest of their lives.
To learn more about Mike visit MikeRitland.com and follow on Insta @mritland