Joel Silverman

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Joel Silverman
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Joel Silverman and Duchess
Born: December 21, 1958 (Age 57)
Birthplace: Hollywood, CA.
Occupation: Author, Spokesperson, TV Host
Residence: Reno, Nevada
Spouse: Michelle Silverman (m.2014)

Joel Silverman (born December 21, 1958) is a Hollywood animal trainer who hosted Good Dog U on Animal Planet from 1999-2009.

Early life[edit]

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Joel Silverman grew up in Southern California and at the age of 13, the first animal he ever trained was the family dog, Shadow. At about the same time, he and his family spent their summer vacations in San Diego and would go to SeaWorld every year, and after a number of summers watching the trainers riding the killer whales, Silverman developed a fascination with the whales and trainers. At the age of 16, he got hired to pick up trash at SeaWorld, and after helping out the trainers and years of hard work, Silverman was hired as a trainer.[1] He started off with Pacific and Atlantic bottle-nosed dolphins, California sea lions, and eventually killer whales.

  • In 1983 Silverman shifted his focus into training animals for movies TV shows and commercials, and currently training animals for film and TV.
  • From 1988 to 1992 Joel was the trainer of Dreyfuss from the TV series Empty Nest.
  • In 1989, Joel wrote and hosted his first dog training video called, Joel Silverman's Hollywood Dog Training Program. It was sold as an infomercial and had sold over 300,000 videos at that time.
  • In 1999, Joel hosted his first TV series called, "GOOD DOG U" which aired on Animal Planet[2] from 1999-2009.

Dog Training Style[edit]

Although there are a variety of styles and methods to train dogs, Joel Silverman's style is what he calls a "hybrid" dog training method. This method combines parts of dog training he learned from training dolphins, sea lions, and killer whales, as well as the training of dogs. Joel also adds a personality based dog training style called What Color is Your Dog?® This method teaches people that there is no "one size fits all" approach to dog training. He believes dogs should be trained based solely on their personalities. There are a huge percentage of dog trainers across the nation that train with this balanced dog training method, but there are also a small percentage of dog trainers that train using positive only training techniques that do not agree with Joel Silverman's style.

Partial TV & Film Credits[edit]

  • 1988-1992 - Empty Nest - Dog Trainer
  • 1997-2014 - IAMS National print and commercials - Dog & Cat Trainer/Animal coordinator
  • 2005 - A Good Year - Dog Trainer


Authored Books[edit]

Playing Self in Commercials[edit]

In October 2014, Chase bank was looking for people that they thought had mastered their careers, and contacted Joel Silverman and asked him to be involved with their new Chase Mastery Campaign. This campaign involved Joel Silverman. Serena Williams, Tim Morehouse, and The Rockettes. Joel's pictures were in most of the Chase banks for a good portion of 2015, and Joel's dog Duchess starred with him in the commercial and was seen in the banks, taking the receipt, and holding it in her mouth. From August 2015 to April 2016, this commercial aired nearly 4,000 times nationally.

Patents and Registered Trademarks[edit]

Joel Silverman's Dog Trainer Certification Course[edit]

In January, 2017, Joel Silverman launched his "hands on" dog trainer certification course. This course is for individuals looking for a career in dog training. Silverman selects four to five dogs from a local humane society somewhere in the U.S., and over a five-day period, the students train the dogs to sit, stay, come, heel, lie down, and "go to a place".

Television Series[edit]


  • 2008 "Dog Trainer of the Year" Purina Pro Plan 54th Annual Show Dogs Dinner
  • 1986 (IMATA) International Marine Animal Trainers Association "Behavior of the Year Award" - "THE TRIPLE BOW" on two Atlantic bottle-nosed dolphins


  1. ^ Miller, Donna J. (August 20, 2009). "'Good Dog U' trainer Joel Silverman in Hudson today". Cleveland Plain Dealer/ Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Dog-training star to answer questions Sunday". Journal-Star (Lincoln, NE). June 15, 2009. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Tordanato, Susan (August 30, 2009). "Animal Planet's Silverman To Visit Meriden Humane Society". Courant (Hartford, CT). Retrieved 18 July 2012. 

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External links[edit]

  1. ^ Humane Society of Kent County
  2. ^ The Iowa Dog Trust January 12, 2012 Retrieved July 31, 2012
  3. ^ WISH-TV April 27, 2011 Retrieved July 31, 2012
  4. ^ July 2, 2009 Retrieved July 31, 2012
  5. ^ October 19, 2015 retrieved January 16, 2016
  6. ^ October 19, 2015 retrieved January 16, 2016
  7. ^ iheartdogs retrieved January 16, 2016
  8. ^ retrieved January 16, 2016
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  11. ^ September 24, 2015 retrieved January 16, 2016
  12. ^ September 10, 2015 retrieved January 16, 2016
  13. ^ September 3, 2015 retrieved January 16, 2016
  14. ^ November 3, 2015 retrieved January 16, 2016
  15. ^ August 30, 2015 retrieved January 16, 2016
  16. ^ August 28, 2015 retrieved January 16, 2016