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January 4, 2018

Does a DogWatch Hidden Fence really work? The snow will prove that it does!

We often get questions about the actual effectiveness of a DogWatch Hidden Fence.  I looked out our kitchen window earlier this week and had to chuckle.  Our yard is a mess of dog tracks!  There isn’t an inch of it that has been overturned or romped on by our English Setter, Winnie.  The neighbors yards, however, are a pristine blanket of untouched snow.  The tracks (ignoring the kids footprints and other critters tracks) show and prove that our DogWatch Fence does, in fact, safely contain our dog Winnie even when other critters/birds are nearby.  Call us today for a free in-yard estimate to help keep your dog from disturbing your neighbors beautiful snowy yards.

*Comment from a customer via Facebook post: “I have thought the same thing when I’ve looked out the window with the snow! I can see where the dogs are allowed and where they are not by the tracks! And our fence isn’t even a month old so it’s still new to our dogs! Best investment we have ever for our dogs!  I love being able to just open the door and let them out verses having to fumble around putting them on a tie out and then having them get tangled around the patio set, grill etc.”

December 7, 2017

Top 6 Hidden Fence Myths Addressed

Hidden fencing (a.k.a. electric dog fencing, invisible fencing, or underground fencing) has been in existence for a long time but has recently become more popular due to the ever increasing fence restrictions and our ability to trust more in technological advancements.  There are some people, however, that are still leery due mostly to myths associated with this type of pet containment.  We would like to address these myths and help educate the general public about the safety, humanity and convenience of hidden fences.

The five most popular myths associated with hidden fences are 1) the shock is dangerous and inhumane; 2) it doesn’t work on my breed; 3) my dog will never want to come outside again; 4) it will make my dog become aggressive; and 5) it is too expensive.

Myth #1:  The shock is dangerous and inhumane. 

Many people feel that “shocking” a dog is harmful and an inhumane method of training.  With Hidden Fences there are so many more factors involved than just a shock.

The “shock” involved is simply a static shock that is similar to what you would feel after scuffing your feet on a carpet and then touching another person.  There is no amperage involved so burned skin or heart complications are not possible.

During the training process there are flags placed along the boundary to give dogs a visual idea of where they can and cannot go.  In most cases, after the initial training dogs do not continue to test the system and they only experience the audible warning.  The audible warning gives your dog a chance to turn around before the correction even occurs.

Finally, there is over a week of training involved to help teach your dog where they can and cannot go, as well as how to react if they get too close to the boundary (turn around instead of bolting through).  This leads us nicely into Myth #2.

Myth #2: These types of fences won’t work on my breed.

Being in the hidden fence industry for over 20 years we have successfully trained thousands of dogs to the fence.  Sight hounds, scent hounds, beagles, terriers of all kinds, big dogs, tiny dogs, hairy dogs and hairless dogs – we have worked with many dog breeds. With the proper training ALL breeds of dogs can be trained to a hidden fence. 

Claims are made that these types of fences don’t work are due to lack of or improper training.  This type of fencing does work – which is why any reputable company will offer you a money-back guarantee if they cannot contain your dog.  They should also offer training assistance if you experience any sort of problems – it only makes sense to stand behind your product.

The only dog you should never try to contain on a hidden fence is one that is highly aggressive due to the fact that the fence will contain your dog, but cannot keep people or other dogs out of your yard and away from your aggressive dog.

Myth #3:  My dog will never want to come outside again.

The most common reaction for a dog newly trained to a hidden fence is to stay close to the house or the front door.  A little more work is required to show that the entire yard is safe to run around in.  Some dogs take to it right away and others, just like humans, take a little more time to adjust.  They ALL will eventually utilize every square inch of the yard.  You just need to spend a little time with your dog playing and giving them treats to remind them that the yard is a fun and safe place to play.

Myth #4: It will make my dog aggressive.

Some people believe that dogs will become aggressive if they are contained with a hidden fence.  While there is no evidence to either prove or disprove this theory we have noticed that some dogs have never been properly socialized and are not used to other people coming in contact with them.  Once they have been trained to the hidden fence, owners notice aggressive behavior when people enter their yard.  This isn’t because of the new underground fence, but rather improper socialization.  Because the owner has never had their dog loose in the yard before they have no idea that dog is naturally territorial.  The same thing would happen if a physical fence was installed instead and someone tried to enter it.

Most customers note that their dogs are much happier with their new freedom and being able to play outside leash or chain free for hours on end.  And let’s face it, if dogs are happier, owners are happier.

Myth #5:  It is too expensive.

Many people think mistakenly believe that hidden fencing is very expensive so they never even explore the possibility of using it for their pets.  The fact is, a professionally installed DogWatch Hidden Fence is roughly an eighth of the cost of a traditional fence.  The more acreage involved the greater the savings, comparatively speaking.

Myth #6: A store-bought brand is equivalent in quality to a professionally installed brand.

With this myth, nothing could be further from the truth.  As with any product you have different levels of quality.  Generally speaking, store bought systems are at the lower end quality wise, while professionally installed systems offer more quality, more features and better warranties.

In addition, professionally installed systems will be installed properly in your home.  Also, training assistance should be offered to assure that your dog understands the fence, thereby increasing likelihood of successful containment.  Finally, a performance guarantee of some sort should be offered by your professional company.  If they are not willing to stand behind their product, you should not do business with them.

Although hidden fencing isn’t for everyone, we hope that addressing some of these more popular myths associated with it will help open your mind to the possibilities. If you or someone you know is ever in need of pet containment please consider a DogWatch Hidden Fence and go to www.dogwatch.com to find your local dealer.

November 30, 2017

Donation of a DogWatch Hidden Fence to the “Silent Hero” of Ohio State University terrorist attack…but you can help too!

Last week, we were given the most AMAZING opportunity to do something great for a very deserving family. We were lucky enough to be able to give Bandit a DogWatch Hidden Fence due to the heroic actions of his owner, Theron. Theron Ellinger was the security guard at OSU that was struck and injured by the OSU student who drove his vehicle through a crowd of people and exited the vehicle with a machete intent on harming as many people as possible. Thanks to Theron, who was able to radio for help despite being injured, casualties were kept to a minimum.

This silent hero has been out of work since the incident a year ago due to his extensive injurjies. His neighbor put out a plea for an underground fence and obedience training for his dog, Bandit. We were blessed beyond measure to donate a fence to this so deserving family. Plus, the DogWatch dealer to the North of us, Bobbi Paul of DogWatch of North Central Ohio, donated boarding and training while Theron undergoes yet another surgery to help repair the damage done that fateful day. Thank you, Bobbi, for your amazing generosity.

Below are some pictures of Pat and Steve getting Bandit’s DogWatch Hidden Fence installed. These are such good people that could use your help.

Please consider a donation to help cover medical bills and living expenses for this family that helped to save so many lives despite being critically injured himself. We hope to help them at least meet their goal of $2000.

https://www.gofundme.com/osusilentheroandhisdog

June 22, 2017

Will a DogWatch Hidden Fence keep my dog in even if there are critters in my yard?

We get asked this question quite often and the answer is a resounding “YES”!  There are certain rules that need to be followed to ensure the fence works against critters, but if those rules are followed, the fence works beautifully.  The video above shows Maisy being tested by a large doe, but staying put in her yard.  The picture below shows Reggie doing an elegant hunters stance at a rabbit just outside of his boundary.  Both of these were submitted to us by happy customers after their dogs did NOT pursue the wildlife.

  1. Make sure the collar is nice and snug.  Since the collar is so snug, make sure you take it off at night to give his/her neck a chance to rest.
  2. Make sure the correction level is appropriate for you dog.  We always start low and only go as high as we need to go, but some dogs do just need to be set at a higher level. Your DogWatch fence training level can be easily adjusted by you, as shown in this instructional video.
  3. Follow the training schedule.  This takes about only about 10 minutes per day per dog for two weeks, but it is SO important in teaching them what to do when they encounter the fence, even with distraction on the other side.
  4. If you are having trouble, please contact us and we’ll make sure we come out to help you with the training.

Sometimes there is a bit of trial and error early on, but soon after the training is complete you should have peace of mind that your dog will stay put in the yard, even if there is something on the other side of the line that they want.   Please contact us if you have any questions or would like a free in-yard estimate.