Maybelle and I totally have a crush on the star of CBS’s new show “Dogs in the City.”
Honestly, we’ll watch just about any show with dogs on it — especially when trainers are involved — but most of them are a little annoying. The Dog Whisperer is a combination of adorable and completely insufferable, and Victoria Stilwell is…um…a bit dominatrixy. But Justin Silver is a little different.
First of all, he’s kind of hot. In the world of dog training, he’s practically Brad Pitt. He seems like he’s just as likely to get into a bar fight with someone from the Jersey Shore as he is to train your Schnoodle.
His approach to dog training seems a lot more like what most people probably do with their dogs, which is to say they just kind of tell them to do something until they get it. No dominating the dogs, no fancy positive reinforcement, just “Don’t eat that!”
Frankly, the dogs don’t seem all that challenging on this show. There was a perfectly nice dog that might be a little fat and kept picking up disgusting street food, a bulldog that was a bit bullheaded, and protective little dog that kept trying to scare off everyone who came into her owner’s office. All they really did with the aggressive dog was tie her up so she couldn’t get to the door and attack people.
You know what I’d love to see — especially since this show doesn’t seem to be focusing on complete terrors — is people with perfectly nice, normal dogs just tackling some of the more difficult normal training tasks (like ignoring barking dogs).
Anyway, Justin Silver, if you’re out there, give us a shout out. We could use your help in the suburbs.