Take away the talking dog (which, besides how ridiculous that is, is the only decent thing in this show), and you'll find that Dog with a Blog offers absolutely nothing new, especially because it is exactly like all of Disney Channel's last shows. They didn't even bother to think of new personalities for the main characters, because, as always, the family that this show revolves around features two parents that never seemed to leave high school (or rather, Disney's take on high school, because they can never seem to get it darn right); an older brother so childish and so dumb, it is astonishing that no one worries about it, but who is surprisingly charming around cute girls that never make it to a second episode; the main character, the middle sister, who is a smart, pretty, mature girl who never gets anything wrong, and that is so strongly idealized it hurts; and the little sister, who is without fail surprisingly smart for her age (often smarter than the oldest brother) and way too sassy (and in this case, wearing way too much makeup). With a couple of changes, you've got the formula that DC has been using for a few years now. And it is a formula that makes Avery, the idealized protagonist, very hard to relate to, but more of that in a second.
I understand that this is Disney and that, therefore, one of their goals is to spread good messages through heart-felt, sentimental scenes about the main character talking to her parents about her feelings. But this show does that so forcefully it's hard to look at and not cringe in second-hand embarrassment. And it does it so often, too! Ugh, while watching it with my 10-year-old sister who still refuses to believe anything made by Disney could be bad, I have to sit through minutes of plastic, badly-acted, sappy scenes that depict teenage relationships with their friends and family in a painfully unrealistic way. Even thinking about those as I write this annoys me.
Now, why do I find Avery, the smart, mature teenager so hard to relate to? First of all, because it's hard to take her seriously, acting like an adult, but looking like a 12/13-year-old wearing too much makeup (yeah, but let's ignore the excess of makeup. You'll find that in every show you watch, no matter what channel). If Disney is so determined to make shows about teenagers, they may as well choose an actress that looks like one. Second of all, because NO teenager EVER acts like that! And no, I'm not denying that there are responsible, mature teenagers out there. There definitely are. But she acts like a 30-year-old. She acts the way her parents should act. As you see, this character has age issues. And that is one thing that Nickelodeon does a lot better than Disney Channel. Choosing teenagers as their protagonists, but making them realistic and believable, despite the fact that teenagers often act in ways and talk about subjects that could be inappropriate, considering they're both channels that target children. But the secret that Nick got and DC didn't is that you can just take away those and the essence of the teenager will not be lost; you don't have to make your teenagers act like either children or adults. Avery doesn't even dress in a realistic way. Who dresses like a suburban mom to go to high school?
Save your children and siblings the trouble of watching a bad show.