CBS Announces New Reality Series 'Dogs in the City'

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April 12th, 2012

via press release:




CBS announced today the new reality series DOGS IN THE CITY, starring New York City dog guru Justin Silver, a master at resolving issues between canines and their owners – no matter whose behavior is at fault. The series will premiere Wednesday, May 30 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.


In Manhattan, Justin Silver is known as the “go-to guy” for all things dog-related. He has a creative and instinctive ability to connect with his canine customers while solving dilemmas for their two-legged masters. In each episode, he meets with clients who present a range of relationship problems, lifestyle changes or domestic issues – from a couple looking to move in together, but she’s terrified of his golden retriever, to a recently divorced couple whose dog is having a rough time adjusting to joint custody. Justin gets as imaginative as necessary to reach a satisfying resolution, often finding that the owners can be a special breed themselves.


“Dogs are at the center of the story here, but this is a show that reveals as much about human nature as man’s best friend,” said Executive Producer Carol Mendelsohn. “Dogs are often a lightning rod for their owners’ emotions and dysfunction at home. Justin has an amazing gift to break down these complex issues with incredible heart, humor and, sometimes, much-needed candor.”


Justin Silver has been taking care of dogs and their owners for more than a decade. A dog trainer, behaviorist and owner of a pet care company, Silver is also a comedian and founder of Funny for Fido, a nonprofit that raises money for homeless animals by producing a yearly stand-up comedy event. Silver firmly believes that every dog can be trained to be a wonderful companion by working on issues calmly and confidently with both his four- and two-legged clients.


Julie Weitz, Carol Mendelsohn, Jen O’Connell and Nick Emmerson are executive producers. Gerry Greengrass serves as co-executive producer. DOGS IN THE CITY is produced by CBS’s Raquel Productions Inc. in association with Shed Media US Inc. and Carol Mendelsohn Productions.

  • Passions11

    This is a new low for CBS.

  • MissJo

    wow seriously CBS?!!? A show about dogs??? wtf

  • ABC hater

    Looks great! -not

  • Dan O

    Not something I’d watch, but I’m okay with CBS airing stuff like this during the summer. Cheap original programming.

  • Petar


    i mean really what is next MOUSE IN THE CITY come onnnnnnnnnnnnnn

  • obisgirl

    No more room for more cop/medical dramas? If this this becomes a hit, I won’t be surprised to see CBS pick up “The Cat Whisperer.” a reality show for cats.

  • Silence is Golden

    I have no problem with CBS doing this series, who does not love dogs, it’s being American. Sorry, I would rather have a “break my heart” dog story, then a idiot housewife, or a series on Kim. Really haters, go kick a puppy or kitten, I would rather kick a reality TV person at this point.

  • C.A.

    Just as long as they leave Criminal Minds and CSI ALONE.

  • Hillbilly

    Cesar Millan will kick hiss a$$ for ripping off his show. ;)

  • SJ

    @Silence is Golden

    So now loving dogs is an American value?! *facepalm*


    It’s a summer show. No Minds or CSI originals anyway.

  • Freddy Arrow


    “So now loving dogs is an American value?! *facepalm*”

    No one said it was an American “value”, only that its American to love dogs. I’d agree. It’s European (and most other Western Countries) as well, but that doesn’t make it wrong to say its American.

    I don’t plan on watching this, but it seems like a fine summer show for CBS to have.

  • Silence is Golden

    @SJ, really, get over yourself, you are just a nasty person all around. I said dogs are American to love.

  • Jayme

    Freddy Arrow
    I have no issue with this show its just the countless amount of reality shows it gets a bit much.

  • JC

    Doesnt seem appealing to me. I’d rather have another season of Greatest American Dog.

  • SJ

    @Freddy Arrow, Silence is Golden

    That is the single stupidest piece of dog s#it I’ve ever heard in my entire life – pun very much intended.

  • Ralph Hahn

    The theme song should be George Thorogood’s “Bad To The Bone.”

    Or, some other tune by The Pet Shop Boys.

  • Ellen in NYC

    I never heard of this guy. This show sounds like something that was already done on Animal Planet. They had a show about city dogs and the dog park near my house. I watch a lot of dog shows, but I couldn’t bear to watch that one, the people were too obnoxious.

    I could live without another reality show too, but I’ll probably check this one out, if for no other reason than to see how they portray pitbulls.

  • Silence is Golden

    @SJ, again did you actually read the post, before you opened your mouth….Not one time did I or Freddy Arrow say we were watching this show. I said I have no problem with doing this show, okay screw this. You are being not nice, grow up. I am done here.

  • bluejays

    These are the only sorts of reality shows I watch, love love love cesar Milan.

  • bluejays

    Don’t wanna get caught up in the arguments here but I’d argue that Americans and Brits love dogs a lot less than Europeans do. Everywhere I’ve been and lived in Europe (except for the UK obv) they really love dogs. Most places in the US you can’t go sit in a cafe or restaraunt with your pooch. Same in the UK, you can’t take them in most shops either.

    In Italy or France you can be in an expensive store and people just saunter in with their dogs and not just tiny ones either, big old Husky or Labrador it doesn’t matter. You can sit in a cafe in Paris and people have their dogs with them and again no one cares. Europe is just so civilized about these things. The UK and the US are way more uptight about dogs.

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