Dogs in the City put on short leash with series ending Wednesday with no bow wows

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After putting its reality show for dogs on a short-leash May 30 - when "Dogs in the City" first aired - CBS has decided to let the dogs out for the summer by ending the show July 11.

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

Comments

Submitted by Angel McMorrow (not verified) on
I am very sad that the show will be ending today. My husband Mitch and I are hooked to your show and will not know what to do without your show. It was our wedensday night Spouse, Doggie Kid night. We are so impressed with Justin and was hoping that we could contact him to help us. We will be more than willing to pay him. It saddens me that a show like yours with such good intenstions could not survive but other shows that have not "good content" can make it for season after season. Again I will really really miss you show and im so sad that it is ending. sincerely, a heartbroke: angel and dog lover.

Submitted by Janis (not verified) on
I loved your show. I will miss you. I can't believe that was the last show of this season and hope CBS changes their minds and brings you back; or maybe anothr network? You are so good at what you do. I know the shows were edited and that you just can't do what you do in one lesson. Will sincerely miss you, Justin and the show.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
this is a wonderful show- much better than the silly reality shows that are all over the channels. Everyone I talk to watches and loves it. Justin is great and the dogs and their owners are funny. Can CBS Please reconsider???????

Submitted by Noris Korbut (not verified) on
The whole family, dogs included, gathers to watch the show and that one hour flies away too fast. It is a very entertaining show, and it gives good pointers to help us animal lovers. We have three big dogs, one of them a pit bull mix and I can say that Justin gave us the tools to improve the behavior of our companions. Please get the show back in the fall. We love the show, just remember that your audience is not made only of teenagers and actually they too could use some of Justin's teachings. The guy is charming and you can feel he loves what he does. For a change here you have a good quality show: don't let it go. Please. PLEASE!!!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
What a great show!!! So sad that it is not coming back! Justin, you are the best!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Please bring this show back, it is great entertainment and gives good advice for dog owners.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Bring it back....................an excellent show

Submitted by Kathy 3693085 (not verified) on
For once a reality show that's real and CBS takes it off the air??? Justin has a talent for handling dogs and their owners and I loved and appreciated that hour worth spending in front of the television. Hope CBS brings it back, too many other junk shows on that do nothing to enhance/ prove useful to a person's life. Thanks to Justin for being there for us animal lovers!!!

Submitted by Jean (not verified) on
My dog and I are so sad to see the show go. We enjoyed it and looked forward to it each Wed. If we weren't home we would tape it and watch it later. Bring it back. Really liked Justin. Dogs are so interesting and we can learn so much from them. Thank you for the show. We will really miss it.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
CBS PLEASE BRING JUSTIN BACK WITH DOGS IN TE CITY. ALTHOUGH I DO NOT LIVE IN THE CITY, I WATCHED THIS SHOW FAITHFULLY, ALONG WITH MY SIBERIAN HUSKY, COCKER SPANIEL AND 2 CHIHUAHUAS! WE LOVE THIS SHOW...HOW DARE YOU END IT CBS!!! I RECENTLY RESCUED MY HUSKY FROM THE LOCAL SHELTER AND WAS REALLY LEARNING SOME TRAINING TIPS FROM JUSTIN. NOW THAT THE SHOW HAS ENDED, I HAVE SENT OUT AN EMAIL TO JUSTIN FOR ADVICE. THANKFULLY, I RECIEVED A RESONSE WITH A QUESTIONAIRE TO SEND BACK WITH MY HUSKY'S INFO. HOPE THIS WORKS OUT SINCE CBS HAS LET ME DOWN. SEEMS LIKE ANYTHING WORTH WATCHING IS TAKEN AWAY!!!SHAME ON YOU CBS!!!! AS FOR JUSTIN...I WILL FOLLOW HIM TO ANOTHER SHOW, NO MATTER THE STATION. JUSTIN PLEASE KEEP US FANS POSTED TO WHEREVER YOU MAY GO!!!!

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