Joshua Morton Warrior Mindset

Joshua Morton-Training Canines in the Real World Using the Morton Method

“You have Air Support and all these swinging dicks relying on a DOG.  That’s what I loved about it.”

Joshua Morton

Who is Joshua Morton?

He is a veteran of United States Navy serving more than eight years as a Navy SEAL. Joshua became the first military working dog handler for SEAL Team Four.
He served as a SEAL operator and canine handler during five deployments in Iraq and has extensive first-hand experience on numerous missions in the successful utilization of a canine in combat. While deployed in Iraq he served as the subject matter expert in Joint Task Force combat missions with several U.S. allies and host nation commands.

Joshua has vast experience and expertise in:

-Guiding and assisting new Combat Action Dog personnel in all aspects of canine tactics, techniques, and procedures
-Planning and coordinating logistical support for the screening and development of new canines


-Instructed the first Naval Special Warfare Group Two Combat Action Dog course.
-Demonstrated canine advanced tactics, techniques, and procedures to multiple Naval Special Warfare teams, resulting in highly trained and disciplined operators pushing Naval Special Warfare to the forefront of canine usage in Special Operations.

Joshua Morton is head trainer for the Belchertown Police Department in Massachusetts, the Windsor Heights Police Department, Polk County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Canine Units in Des Moines, Iowa, as well as, Pleasant Hill Police Department, Madison County Sheriff’s Department, North Liberty Police Department, Carroll Police Department and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department.

Click the links to hear the stories behind the K9 units mentioned above.

Canine Tactical of Iowa

Canine Tactical located in Chariton, Iowa is the first kennel to partner up with the world leaders in cloning technology (ViaGen Pets) to produce cloned puppies from the most proven genotypes. The Eudoris®, Apache and Rook brands stand for excellence in the field and these K9s are developed in a unique, customized program that is specifically tailored to prepare dogs with this exact genetic makeup.


Morton/Method concept introduces the canines to use their nose from day one, no matter the age and no visual stimulus is applied. So he started the Clones in detection/hunting for the ball. The Morton/Method does not utilize the food reward concept. While the Clones were in the room he noticed they were all in hunt mode with no end in sight, nose to the ground (nonstop). They were sniffing seams of doors, running in and out of dark areas, and up and down stairs. They didn’t know what they were hunting, but they needed to hunt.

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