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  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 10, 2008
  • Season #: 1
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50

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5.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 19 Ratings

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  • Summary: Dogs and their owners compete in different competitions to win the title of "Greatest American Dog" and $250,000.
  • Genre(s): Health & Lifestyle, Game Show
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. 75
    If you are a dog person, have I got a show for you. It's like dog camp but done as a reality show, Greatest American Dog.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    67
    As a reality-show virtue, good manners are refreshing, if--like Dog--rather unexciting. [1 Aug 2008, p.47]
  3. 60
    The dog-and-owner interplay ranges from the awesome and comic to the cringe-worthy.
  4. This series turns out to be far less than the sum of its parts, with the human egos far surpassing the stupid pet tricks in terms of relevance and screen time. And that’s wholly unfortunate.
  5. 30
    The main problem here is that the show's producers aren't sure what the dogs and the people should really do together, so they have them put on dorky little skits that even dog people can't appreciate, or they make them participate in obedience challenges like "jump over this" or "sit here very quickly," which many dog lovers would regard with the disdain reserved for toddlers who blurt out random phrases in French.
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    30
    This series could still do some reasonable ratings by summer standards, though those viewers that do sit will have very little reason to stay; still, the shame is that the producers took what could have been an amusing lark and initially sucked most of the life out of it by following the same-old unscripted-competition script so closely.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 7 out of 10
  1. Renee
    Jul 24, 2008
    10
    I had to put my dog down at the end of May. I am enjoying this show and I am learning some things I could have done better with my pet. This is the only reality show I have ever watched. Just DO NOT do survivor type shows with dogs. Expand
  2. M.A.
    Aug 24, 2008
    9
    I get a kick out of this show. Dog people usually have a hard time relating to humans and do much better with dogs. It has been interesting to see each owner and dog work out the problems as the show has progressed. I think the judges are a bit stuck on themselves tho. Expand
  3. DeniseD.
    Jul 29, 2008
    8
    Love the show! My Siberian Husky puppy even watches ! Learning good tips. All the dogs are trying so hard! Love Star, Tillman and Pressley. Our only whine - next season could they please feel bad for the viewing public (and puppy) ears and get contestants with normal voices??? Expand
  4. DevonC.
    Jul 11, 2008
    2
    Two for the dogs--Zero for the unlikeable owners.
  5. Dee
    Jul 26, 2008
    2
    it could be a total success if created by dog owners like myself...email me I own the son of Elvis who stars the sunsilk outine commercial. He is a complete joy, cute and very funny. email me at: jake12048@yahoo.com. Pics at; http://www.myspace.com/jakesworld124 Can send more pics.... Dee (Jakes owner) Expand
  6. P
    Jul 10, 2008
    0
    I thought this was going to be like an hour long "Stupid Pet Tricks", which would have been awesome. What a let-down. Whoever came up with this concept is a moron. Expand
  7. JimmyC.
    Jul 30, 2008
    0
    I think the judges are too cruel and the person who made it didn't really think about showing what dogs and owners really should do together.

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