Category: Troubleshooting

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.

June 20, 2017

How to Adjust the Correction Level on your DogWatch R9 or R7m Receiver

DogWatch receivers have adjustable correction levels so we can fit the needs of every dog.  The R9 and R7m have seven correction levels built into the receiver.  We always recommend that you start low with the correction level and only adjust up as needed by watching your dog’s performance on the fence.  NEVER leave the receiver set to audible only as, without consequence, there is nothing to keep your dog safely in the yard.  Please contact us if you have any questions.

May 19, 2017

Proper DogWatch Collar Fit

One of the most frequently asked questions we get is “how tight should my collar be?”.  The answer to that is definitely snug and we’re attaching a video link to demonstrate.  The most important thing to remember with a snug collar is that it has to come off at least at night so your dog’s neck can get a break.  Please let us know if you have any questions after watching the video.