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

Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic 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
    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. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    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.
  6. 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.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 7 out of 10
  1. M.A.
    Aug 24, 2008
    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. Full Review »
  2. JoeM.
    Jul 31, 2008
    Personality Photo contest about the owners and had nothing to do with which dog is the best! Too many dumb trials/test and the panel stinks! They need to start all over and put together a real contest. All the dogs are great but can't say the same for some owners and the producer! Full Review »
  3. JimmyC.
    Jul 30, 2008
    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.