Two famous show dogs - who were intrigued by the combination of a brisk wind and breaking Pacific Ocean waves July 8 - barked “bow wow” when their master did one of those popular Justin Silver dog calls like on the hit CBS primetime reality TV show “Dogs in the City.” In fact, the dog’s owner said he’s enjoyed watching this short-lived reality dog show – that premiered May 30 – while wondering if its final episode, set to air on CBS Wednesday, July 11 at 8/7c, will be the end? “What we enjoyed about Dogs in the City,” said Oregon dog owner Derek Cantwell “is how Justin had a real laugh with the dogs. We hope CBS brings it back for season two?” At the same time, with CBS recently announcing the end of “Dogs in the City,” it’s time for fans like Derek to say goodbye to the programs dog stars: “Lumpy,” “Dakota and Delilah” and “Riley and Fresca.” In turn, these dogs will be featured during Wednesday’s last episode titled “You can teach an old dog new tricks," with host Justin Silver offering his fresh perspective on how to treat your dog like a real member of the family.
Dogs in the City features New York stand-up comedian Justin Silver who became a sort of self-proclaimed “dog guru” after stints telling jokes on Big Apple stages and then serving as a personal trainer. For “Dogs in the City,” Silver works his magic by helping his clients solve pressing problems that these four-legged friends produce while dealing with life in the city where dogs face all sorts of stresses.
CBS had high hopes for Dogs in the City
A CBS press release for the May 30 premiere of a new reality series “Dogs in the City” - about a New York City “dog guru” named Justin Silver who sorts out dogs acting crazy – had high hopes that dog owners would tune in to learn about top issues faced by canines and their owners who live in a city.
However, dog owners know that “there’s no one fix all for dogs since we consider them individuals with individual problems,” explains Oregon dog owner Derek Cantwell who told Huliq during a July 8 interview that he concurs with Justin Silver’s advice on “Dogs in the City,” but he wishes “dog owners would just get the fact that dogs need your time and attention.”
Dogs in the City host Justin Silver seems to concur after recent episodes where he advised troubled dog owners that they simply need to “pay attention to their dogs.”
In turn, the CBS press release explained why they chose Silver as the host for this reality series about dogs in the city. “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 can’t always carry a reality show
Although more than 75 percent of Americans are said to “share the same personality traits as their dogs,” stated a recent CBS “Sunday Morning” TV report, that massive statistics does not mean people will tune to CBS Wednesday evening to watch “Dogs in the City.”
Still, CBS TV producers had hoped that with “nearly 165 million Americans owning dogs,” that a reality TV show about dogs would prove successful.
Also, dogs have been flying under the radar these days due to a country weary with recession and their masters dealing with life; while CBS also reports how “dog ownership has reached an all-time high of 77.5 million for an average of one in every three America homes having a dog.”
"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," explained “Dogs in the City” executive producer Carol Mendelsohn in a CBS press release when the show first aired back at the end of May.
Mendelsohn added: "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."
Also, dogs can do a lot more than most people think.
For instance, Prevention.Com noted that many service dogs today have the ability to know when somebody who has type 1 diabetes, and “has the warning signs of a dangerous drop in blood sugar.”
Prevention.Com also explained how a “3-year-old yellow Labrador retriever named Fairmont “literally gets wind of her master’s blood sugar dipping, and he’s trained to pick up the scent of a chemical reaction that occurs in the body as blood sugar starts to drop.”
“Diabetic service dogs are a new option for people with insulin-dependent type 1 or type 2 diabetes,” adds Prevention.Com, but also notes that the dogs don’t come cheap, with one dog agency “charging up to $12,000, but will also try to train an existing pet dog if needed.”
Dogs in the City says goodbye with dog treat recipes
Justin Silver, the host of the short-lived CBS dog reality TV show “Dogs in the City,” is now featured on the show’s website with new dog food recipes that seem to say “we’re saying goodbye, but here’s something for your dog.”
For instance, Silver notes on the Dogs in the City website that “no ingredients or suggestion on his list should be taken without consulting your dog’s veterinarian.”
Thus, Silver recommends the following “good foods” for big dogs; such as cooked salmon, lamb, poultry, beef, duck, tuna and turkey. Silver also notes how big dogs like liver, kidneys and vegetables such as carrots, pumpkin, kelp, kale, broccoli and peas.
And, if you’re treating your dog to apple slices, Silver says “stay away from the seeds.”
Moreover, when giving your dog “raw meaty bones – because raw meaty bones provide a good calcium-phosphorous balance – to really consider the raw meaty bones because it also provides your dog with protein, fat, fiber, antioxidants, enzymes, fatty acids and minerals.
At the same time, Silver warns that “bad foods” for dogs include: grapes, onions, chocolate, coffee beans, bacon, any cooked bones because of the danger of splintering and forget about giving them unbaked dough.
Overall, the short-lived CBS reality TV show “Dogs in the City” found an audience, says Oregon dog owner Derek Cantwell – who can be seen exercising his two dogs along the central Oregon coast beaches daily – but “we need to remember that dogs don’t always live in the city; perhaps a new reality show could be Dogs in the Country?”
Image source of two show dogs owned by Derek Cantwell of Oregon enjoy a July 8 day out at the beach; while taking a break from being a “dog in the city” where it’s very hot during the summer months. Photo by Dave Masko