Parents' Guide to

Dogs in the City

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Dog trainer teaches owners some lessons in all-ages show.

TV CBS Reality TV 2012
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A Lot or a Little?

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Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 8+

Understanding your dogs.

I have learned so much about my own dogs behaviour. My dogs are great, but I did not understand how to read their behaviour. I love this show and I really like the way Justin talks to people and explains why the dogs do certain things. I hope this show lasts a long time. People are the problem not dogs.

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age 5+


I have had dogs all my life, and Justin is RIGHT: it's usually the owners who make or break a dog's ultimate behavioral issues. I loved this show, and I hope it comes back! I learned a great deal from Justin... and I'm not a novice dog owner!

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Is It Any Good?

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This entertaining and informative series underscores how training a dog is really about training the owner, who's usually behind their beloved pets' behavioral problems thanks to their desire to treat them like people. Silver points out the difference between loving a dog and spoiling one, which ultimately leads both the master and the owner to lose sight of who's actually in charge. He also offers some very practical information on how to retrain dogs in order to get them to behave appropriately.

The one-on-one conversations Silver has with each dog sometimes feel a bit silly, but they add some humor to the show. These moments also allow the trainer to articulate what the real (and often sensitive) issues are surrounding the behavioral problems. Dog owners might learn something new about their pets by watching, but you don't have to be a dog lover to enjoy Dogs in the City.

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