Like children, dogs often reflect their upbringing. When they have issues, it’s pretty common to find owners with issues of their own. As you might imagine, New York City dogs have their own special brand of problematic behavior. Tonight viewers nationwide will be able to learn a thing or two from Justin Silver, New York City’s go-to dog guru as Dogs in The City, a new reality show that focuses on New York City dogs and their owners premieres on CBS tonight at 8pm.
Justin, a former personal trainer and stand-up comedian from Queens says dogs found him. The New Yorker (with a great native accent to boot) says before he became an animal trainer, he’d get home late at night and started watching those commercials featuring animals to be adopted and before he knew it, he rescued two dogs and two cats. Justin says he learned how to ‘speak dog’ and says his background as a trainer comes in handy because he learned what makes people tick. Now he is experienced at helping abused and neglected animals. He has fostered and rehabilitated abused animals for more than a decade before opening “The Language of Dogs,” a full service pet care company in New York.
Dogs in the City will feature Justin addressing both canine and owner issues, One couple wants to move in together, but she’s terrified of his golden retriever. In another story, a recently divorced couple has a dog who is having issues with adjusting to joint custody. Hint: it’s usually the owner’s problems that cause the bad canine behavior.
Besides the hands-on training, Justin also founded a charity called Funny for Fido. During these standup comedy nights (in which Colin Quinn and other comedians have performed), all proceeds go to animal shelters.
What’s the number one problem dog owners do? Reinforce bad behavior, says Justin.
Tune in tonight to learn more, Dogs in The City premieres on CBS tonight at 8pm.
Image: Brian Friedman/CBS
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