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NEW YORK (SEPTEMBER 16, 2014) – Well-known dog trainer and host of Dogs in the City, Justin Silver has authored The Language of Dogs, on sale September 23 for $24.99 from Gallery Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster). With practical steps and his characteristic humor, the book shares Justin’s unique training methods and advice on how to “speak dog.” Along with the book release is an opportunity to win prizes via a video contest called #DogsDreamLife. The first place winner, to be announced on October 6, 2014, receives a $399 GoPro Camera (Hero3 +Black), plus a 40-minute Skype training session with Justin and an autographed copy of The Language of Dogs. The contest will be held from September 15 through September 30, 2014.

For those who know Justin from Dogs in the City, and for pet parents new to Justin’s training philosophy, The Language of Dogs stresses that most dogs are not willingly disobedient. “It’s the owners who need to learn to speak their dogs’ language,” says Justin. “Dogs are eager to please, and sometimes mistake their actions for what they think are the right behaviors.” His advice is: “Don’t tell your dog what you don’t want. Instead, tell them what you do want.”

Staying true to his roots as a standup comedian, Justin explains, “The book intends to be humorous and entertaining. But in the end, its focus is how both dog and owner can enjoy the training process and understand one another better.”

The #DogsDreamLife contest, associated with the book launch, opens on September 15, 2014, and pet parents are asked to submit a video of up to 15 seconds, showing their dogs living their “dream day.” Contest rules and how-to-enter instructions can be found at http://www.thelanguageofdogs.com/tlod/contest/. Points are earned as videos are shared on social media, with Justin selecting first, second and third prize winners. Purchases of the book, as indicated in the rules for entry, count for five extra points.

The prizes are:

First: $399 GoPro Camera (Hero3 +Black), plus a 40-minute Skype training session with Justin and an autographed copy of The Language of Dogs.

Second: $200 Petco Gift Card, a 20-minute Skype training session with Justin, and an autographed copy of The Language of Dogs.

Third: 20-minute Skype training session with Justin and an autographed copy of The Language of Dogs.

The Language of Dogs is available for pre-order wherever books are sold.  For more information, please visit www.simonandschuster.com or www.thelanguageofdogs.com. To schedule an interview with Justin, please contact Shannon Stevens at Fetching Communications at Shannon.stevens@fetchingcommunications.com or 631.569.2285.

About Justin Silver
Justin Silver gained fame as a dog trainer when he became the star of the popular 2012 reality show, Dogs in the City, on CBS. With a sense of humor and a unique understanding of canine behavior, he made a positive impact on the dogs and pet parents in the series. A native New Yorker, Justin now lives in Los Angeles, and is the founder of The Language of Dogs, a full-service pet care company he runs with business partner and co-author Dave Donnenfeld, which operates in both New York and Los Angeles. He is also the founder of the charity “Funny For Fido.” Justin blogs and posts regularly to pet owners around the world, at Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. More information is at www.thelanguageofdogs.com.

About Simon & Schuster
Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corporation, is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction to consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Gallery Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, is the publisher of The Language of Dogs.

The #DogsDreamLife contest is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

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Media Contact:
Shannon Stevens
631.569.2285
Shannon.stevens@fetchingcommunications.com

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