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CBS Aired "Dogs in the City,"

New York City dog guru Justin Silver is the host of "Dogs in the City." (Credit: Heather Wines)

(CBS News) It looks like Cesar Millan will now have some doggie trainer competition.

Started Wednesday, May 30, there is a new canine expert on the block. The New York City block, that is.

CBS aired "Dogs in the City," starring Manhattan-based "dog guru" Justin Silver, who is described as a master at resolving issues between dogs and their owners. Silver says many times the issues lie with the owners, not the dogs.

Throughout the series, Silver will meet with New Yorkers who have a range of canine issues — from a couple looking to move in together with a dog to a newly divorced couple whose dog is having a rough time adjusting to joint custody. He even calls in his own dogs, pit bulls Chiquita and Pacino, to help out by leading by example.

Dogs are having a television moment, with three very different programs about them turning up in the next few weeks on three very different outlets. Together they provide a dizzying display of reprehensible behavior, inordinate neediness and striking devotion by humans.

“Once you bring a dog like that into your home and into your life, they appreciate it”, Silver says. “They know what they’ve got, because they’ve been without.”

NY Times:

“Dogs in the City,” with its inherent reminder that it takes work to be a competent owner, serves as a useful counterpoint to “Shelter Me,” a film by Steven Latham that is showing on PBS stations in May and June (check local listings). “Shelter Me” is single-minded in its goal: It wants people to consider adopting a dog from a shelter.

Shelters, the program says, are overwhelmed with animals, especially now, when people are abandoning pets in a bad economy. Early on, Mr. Latham’s camera lingers on a blunt sign at a Los Angeles shelter: “Los Angeles Animal Services cannot guarantee placement of your animal. Animals turned into the shelter may be euthanized (killed) after the legal holding period.”

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says that is the fate of three million to four million dogs and cats each year. “Shelter Me” aims for the heartstrings in trying to change the numbers, showing shelter dogs that have been trained to help people with disabilities, and others that are filling an emotional void for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

“A lot of people think that dogs from a shelter are there because they’re bad dogs, because they’ve done something wrong, and that is a complete misconception,” Cassian Sandeberg, an animal behaviorist, says in the film. “A lot of these dogs are great dogs that people just can’t look after anymore.”

The film is so eager for people to adopt dogs that it doesn’t address its own contradiction: that shelters are jammed partly because not everyone can be a successful owner. A more nuanced approach is used in “One Nation Under Dog,” a riveting film showing June 18 on HBO.

This film also encourages dog adoption, but the first of several factoids it displays on the screen is this: “There are 4.7 million dog bite victims each year in the U.S.” That introduces an unsettling segment about a New Jersey dog owner who fought draining legal battles in defense of his dogs after they were involved in several biting incidents. In one, a girl’s ear was ripped off.

From this cautionary tale, the film grows even more stark, showing hard-to-watch footage of shelter dogs being thrown into large bins and gassed, then even harder-to-watch images from a raid on a wretched puppy mill in Tennessee.

“We found dogs living with dead dogs,” Scotlund Haisley, one of the animal rescuers at the scene, says. “One dog was using the two dead dogs as a blanket.”

The rescuers at the puppy mill, like the animal advocates in “Shelter Me,” seem somewhat overwhelmed by the cruelty they witness and the scope of the pet overpopulation problem. But it’s heartening to see them keep plugging away. A special prize should go to John Gagnon of the rescue group PAWS New England, who in “One Nation Under Dog” visits a shelter and specifically asks to look at the dogs with behavior and health problems.

"Dogs in the City" will are weekly on Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. First week… a Big Paws Up!!!  JOMP

May 31, 2012 - Posted by | Adopt Just One More Pet, animal behavior, animals, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Pet and Animal Training, Pets

6 Comments »

  1. American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals act like caring benevolent humans but they want death just a s much as the devil. War kills a human that can’t create life, and kill;altering thy dog is doing the same thing to the dog. There is a war against the dog with the food too. They are doing better, but no dog food better than http://www.greatlife4pets grain, and potato free. that I have found. At one time passenger pidgins blacked the sky, and now it is history. Altering is like taking a Gatling gun ,and a sub machine gun on passenger pigtiuo0ns if they still existed. Vets give you fear to use vaccinations too. I will not mention the names because of the conditioned knee jerk reaction human due to the media brain washing humans. All non human animals, and humans being like Jesus is will be part of what God makes when he makes all things new. Humans that war, and alter animals don’t see this.

    Comment by Jonathan Hughes | May 31, 2012 | Reply

  2. American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals act like caring benevolent humans but they want death just as much as the devil. War kills a human that can’t create life. Altering thy dog does the same thing to the dog. It prevents life from occurring as if the dog was dead. There is a war against the dog with the food too. They are doing better, but no dog food better than http://www.greatlife4pets grain, and potato free. that I have found. At one time passenger pidgins blacked the sky, and now it is history. Altering is like taking a Gatling gun ,and a sub machine gun on passenger pigtiuo0ns if they still existed. Vets give you fear to use vaccinations too. I will not mention the names because of the conditioned knee jerk reaction human due to the media brain washing humans. All non human animals, and humans being like Jesus is will be part of what God makes when he makes all things new. Humans that war, and alter animals don’t see this.

    Comment by artiewhitefox | May 31, 2012 | Reply

  3. Just NEED to know how to get in touch with Justin Silver. We NEED him here in our complex, here in Burleson, Texas. We have some dog troubles here in our Apt. Complex. We NEED Justin’s HELP Here. Please Contact me about this if possible. My name is Diane Harmon. My phone number is 817-564-1128. My email is tanddwithdon@att.net. Just Please Contact Me. We NEED Justin’s HELP!! Thanks So Very Much. Sincerely, Diane Harmon.

    Comment by Diane Harmon | May 31, 2012 | Reply

  4. I just saw the program. I am dully impressed. Good job. The dog trainer is a very good with the dogs, and the humans. There is a synergy going on.The dogs are helping us to be better humans with a human that understands both sides. Well done.

    Comment by artiewhitefox | May 31, 2012 | Reply

  5. I had not heard of the movie “Shelter Me” but it is a problem well worth the movie. I had to turn in a dog to the shelter that I bought from a breeder. As a family, we just weren’t home often enough to raise him. Silver is definitely confident, but his situations are pretty owner centered. My kids pointed out the show on our Hopper DVR PrimeTime Anytime Recordings when a Dish co-worker was over with his kids one day. I really appreciate that the show is only 20 minutes when we watch without commercials because of Auto Hop. That way the sacrifice for them doesn’t seem so bad since the show isn’t exactly riveting. We all split up the time watching as a family though, so we get used to each other’s shows.

    Comment by gridlockmanifesto | June 26, 2012 | Reply

    • I can only say that I would never give up my dog, any pet, to the shelter under any circumstances! There are so many better options! And if necessary, I would live in my car or on the street, if it every came to it, if I couldn’t find a shelter that would take my dogs as well as the rest of my family.

      If you had a dog that you bought from a breeder you could ahve asked around within your circle of friends, family and other associates; some one would surely had taken the dog! A pet store might also have taken the dog; both would have been better options for the dog!

      As to not having the time to raise or be with your pup… what if it was a child? There are trainers, dog walkers and doggie day care.

      If you take the point of view that dogs are family… your options and thought patterns change!

      Chancess are that a papered dog was adopted… I hope you asked the shelter to notify you if your dog was not adopted or out of time… or that it was a no kill shelter. But even with that some dogs pick up diseases and are never the same emoionally.

      Glad the movie helped you think about options.

      Comment by justonemorepet | August 7, 2012 | Reply


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