Become Your Pet’s Best Friend

by Bonney Brown

It’s great  fun watching Joel Silverman with animals because he has such a marvelous connection with them. His latest TV show, Dog & Cat Training with Joel Silverman, helps the rest of us communicate more effectively with our own pets.

Silverman, a Hollywood animal trainer and Animal Planet star, has just started filming the second season of his show which airs in cities across the country and internationally. The show is filmed, in part, right here in Reno at Nevada Humane Society.

“Animals from shelters make some of the very best pets,” said Silverman. “I believe that they know that we are doing something for them when we adopt them. As a movie trainer, I can tell you that every mixed-breed pet you see on television came from an animal shelter. Even many of the purebred dogs you see come from shelters and breed rescue groups.”

In this second season Silverman will be following some of the adopted dogs and cats he worked with at Nevada Humane Society last year. He will also feature several local animal lovers adopting pets with his expert guidance in selecting a dog that will be an ideal fit for their personality and lifestyle. (Casting will start soon, so if you always wanted to adopt a dog on TV this could be your chance to live that dream!)

Silverman’s work is motivated by a worthy goal; he aims to “decrease the number of animals turned into animal shelters.” Daily, we see the sadness and confusion dogs and cats experience when they are left at the shelter, so I was delighted to hear that we shared the goal of helping pets stay in their homes.

I asked Silverman for his top tip for training animals and he did not hesitate for a moment:  “It’s about that bond, the trust we build with them. The most important thing you can do is become your dog’s best friend.”

Dog & Cat Training with Joel Silverman airs on our local FOX affiliate KAME, but you can also see clips online at If you prefer books, Silverman’s What Color is Your Dog? is one of my favorites.

Silverman’s enthusiasm for the joyful bond we can share with animals is contagious and you cannot help but feel inspired to clicker train your cat or teach your dog a new trick!

Events that Help Animals

Adopt a Shining Star ― Fees waived on selected pets through January 29. Nevada Humane Society (NHS) is open for adoptions seven days a week from 11:00 am to 6:30 pm and an hour earlier at 10:00 am on Saturdays at 2825 Longley Lane, Reno.

Cat Convention February 9 at Peppermill Resort Spa Casino. Meet Joel Silverman, shop the cat marketplace, adopt a cat, free admission.


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