Meet Joel Silverman

Several months ago, I received a call at my Nevada Humane Society (NHS) office from a very nice gentleman saying he just moved to Reno and wanted to work with our organization. Being a non-profit and always short on resources, my first response to most all offers is “great” and “how can we make it work?” This was no different but little did I know then how rich this offer truly was.

The gentleman was Joel Silverman—Hollywood animal trainer, host of Animal Planet’s Good Dog U, and author of two dog training books, What Color is Your Dog? and Take 2 – Training Solutions For Rescued Dogs.

Joel turned a childhood dream into a lifelong career of training and performing with the animals he so loved. For over 30 years, he has worked behind the scenes training animals for movies, TV shows, and commercials. Joel’s ability to communicate to pet owners in a friendly and gentle manner propelled him into hosting Good Dog U (1999 – 2009), and his new syndicated TV series, Dog & Cat Training with Joel Silverman, that will be airing this spring.

Taking it a step further, Joel created a brand of products called COMPANIONS FOR LIFE™, to help end the needless destruction of hundreds of thousands of dogs and cats in animal shelters across the county, often due to behavior-related issues. This product line’s mission is to show pet owners how to build lifelong, trusting, mutual relationships with their pets and the benefits of adopting a new family member from a local animal shelter.

Joel’s new show features several animals from NHS and much of it was filmed at our shelter. “I wanted to show people that any dog or cat, even if they are from a shelter and their history is unknown, can be trained using the right tools. It may take time and dedication, but basic techniques can help turn a scared, shy shelter pet, into a gentle, loving family pet,” said Joel.

Joel Silvermanwill be offering tips and demonstrations, featuring his celebrity dog Foster, on how to train dogs at Nevada Humane Society’s Doggie Palooza on March 10. He will also be autographing his books, sharing behind-the-scenes secrets of his new show, and selling his products with a generous contribution made to NHS.

Not only did I accept Joel’s offer not knowing it was such a goldmine, but Joel picked Reno not knowing that our community was such a rich animal-loving one. Joel is not only a very talented and knowledgeable man, but he is also a very caring, compassionate man. The animals and our organization are very fortunate to have him as a friend and supporter.

Events that Help Homeless Pets:

Doggie Palooza on March 10, from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm at Nevada Humane Society. Get your photo taken with celebrity dogs such as Hollywood Trainer Joel Silverman’s dog Foster (11:00 am – 5:00 pm) and NHP Trooper Chuck Allen’s dog Dezzie (Noon to 6:00 pm). Shop for dog-related supplies, including art, gifts and crafts. Meet dogs available for adoption such as the Pocket Pups, Fetching Friends, Busy Buddies, Love-a-Bulls, and Older but Wiser. 2825 Longley Ln., Reno.

Adopt a Mini-Panther (black cat) through March 11 for $5 at Nevada Humane Society, 2825 Longley Lane in Reno. Open for pet adoptions seven days a week, 11:00 am to 6:30 pm and an hour earlier at 10:00 am on Saturdays. Call 775-856-2000 for more information.

Pledges for Pets Telethon benefits the SPCA of Northern Nevada, March 11, 4:00 to 8:00 pm. Visit for more information.


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