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I just fielded two phone calls about the difference between a DogWatch Hidden Fence and a store bought system, so I thought why not write about it for all to see.  

There are many, many differences, but I'd just like to hit on a few of the key ones to help people understand why it is always better to go with a professionally installed underground fence.  A big difference between the two is quality of equipment and another is customer service.  But here are more specific examples:

  1. DogWatch is the only system out there that offers a two year battery life in the receiver.  This is not only safer for your dog, but also more convenient and cheaper for you.
  2. DogWatch is the only system that offers indoor and outdoor surge protection.  This is important if lightning were ever to strike your yard and follow the wire into your home.
  3. A lifetime warranty is included on the DogWatch receiver and the transmitter including dog chews.  This may vary by manufacturer, but be sure to check it out as that warranty is important.
  4. We use a much higher gauge of wire than comes with most store bought systems.  If you do choose to self install, be sure to purchase at least 16 gauge wire with a thick jacket that is rated for underground use.
  5. DogWatch offers unlimited training assistance with the purchase of a DogWatch Hidden Fence.  We also offer a 100% money back containment guarantee that we WILL keep your dog in the yard.  Period.
  6. With us, you are working with a locally, family owned and operated company that has the backing of a National company.  This really offers you the best of both world.
  7. With a professionally installed system, you know you will receive an installation done right the first time with all the proper tools.  There is nothing worse than starting a job and realizing you need to go back to the store to get another tool, especially an expensive one.
  8. Our receivers are not only adjustable by you, but they are also intended and able to be adjusted to each dog.  Correction levels should vary by dog based on size, temperament, and hair.
  9. We offer to-your-door customer service.  Are you ready to deal with a purchase such as this ONLY with phone support and mail?  What if you have problems?  What if something doesn't work?  What if your dog reacts badly?  What then?  
  10. We meet our customers (both two and four legged) face-to-face and know them.  We do business with them.  They are our friends.  We appreciate those people that do business locally and try to do the same ourselves. 

An underground pet containment system may sound like an easy DIY project, but there are many, many things that could go wrong.  Leave this purchase to the professionals to make sure that both you and your dog have a pleasant and uneventful experience.  We've had many, many customers tell us this is the best money they have ever spent.  Let us prove it to you too.  We haven't won all these awards for nothing!  Contact us today for a free in-yard estimate.

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Come see us at the 2014 Central Ohio Home and Garden Show so we can talk about keeping your dog safe in your yard.  We also have a display of our newest product offering removable mesh fencing.  This type of fencing is typically used as a barrier to keep young children and dogs out of pools, but really has a vast variety of uses that we'd love to share with you.  If you set an estimate up at the show, you can spin our prize wheel which has some great add on freebies or a chance to win 1/2 off a Performance Series System.  If you set up an installation, you spin the wheel AND receive $100 off the standard installation price.  Let us know you saw this post when you stop by and we'll have a give away for your dog.

Check out the H&G Show website for times, locations, ticket prices, parking, etc.  We hope to see you there!

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It looks like we may get a hint of Spring this week.  Finally!  So our guess is that most people will be coming out of hibernation, which means their dogs will be too.  We want to make sure that your DogWatch Hidden Fence (or other brand of system) is ready to be used again.  Here are a few simple steps you can take to ensure your dog will remain safe in your yard.

  • Check the battery in your receiver.  If you can't remember the last time you changed it, then you should probably get a replacement ASAP.  For DogWatch customers, please head on over to our on-line store to order now.
  • Make sure your system is switched on via the transmitter (which is usually in your garage, basement or shed).  If you hear a buzzing sound, that means you have a wire break and will need to call your local dealer.  If we're your local dealer in the Columbus, Ohio area, please call us at 614-527-3799 or contact us via our website.
  • Readjust the collar size for your dog due to heavier winter coats or shedding of winter coats, weight gain during winter, or just normal growth for younger dogs.  Remember the collar needs to fit SNUGLY.  If you have questions regarding collar fit, here's a You Tube video that may help.  
  • Walk the areas where you think your line has been buried.  Make sure all the snow and shifting ground hasn't worked any of the wire to the surface of your lawn.  Even though lawn mowing is probably a few weeks off, it's better to know now if you need a repair or need to tuck the wire back in the ground.
  • As silly as it may sound, be sure to put the collar on your dog.  Although you think the dog may be perfectly trained to stay in the yard without it, the system cannot work if your dog is not wearing his or her collar.
  • Take your receiver out to the boundary line and test to make sure it is working properly.  This can be easily and quickly accomplished by taking your receiver and test tool (contact us if you are in need of one) and approaching a spot in the yard where you know your line is buried (the driveway is often easiest).  Hold your collar down at the level of your dog’s neck and listen for the audible warning.  Once you hear that, continue towards the line and watch for the light on the test tool, which indicates the receiver is shocking.  Please keep in mind this light may be difficult to see in direct sunlight.

If you have any problems or questions, please feel free to contact us.  And remember that we always give free in-yard estimates, so let your friends and family know that we are here to help.  Now get off the Internet and go enjoy the sunshine!

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Some may find this blog article totally outrageous, but you know you've been in this situation.  You are sitting around your family or friend's Christmas exchange and someone gives the family dog a gift.  You feel like an idiot because the thought didn't even cross your mind.  I know I've been guilty of it and I love our little pup and all the family pups for that matter.

So we thought we could outline a few possibilities of when it might be appropriate, even expected to, well, "give the dog a bone" if you will.

  • A newly adopted dog is a new and exciting addition to the family.  Support their adoption choice by bringing a gift.
  • If the dog will be in attendance, it's nice to know you thought of the pup and bring a toy or treat for them too.
  • If your guests consider their pets their "fur-children", most definitely bring a gift.
  • If your guests have gone to trouble NOT to bring their dog to the festivities, it's also a nice time to remember the poor pup left behind.

And there are other times that it is definitely okay not to bring a gift for the four-legged family members

  • If the dog is not in attendance.
  • If the owners do not expect, in the least, a gift for their pup.
  • If it has been discussed in advance that pooch presents will not be exchanged.
  • If doggy gifts have never been exchanged before.

And if you do decide to wrap up a special something for Fido, here are a few ideas (some of which may also double as a gift for their owner) besides the standard bag of treats or a toy:

  • The Fur-minator - a fabulous solution for high shedding dogs (especially if they live with hard wood floors).
  • Homemade dog treats – check out these fantastic Pumpkin Biscuits (
  • Go to the meat counter at your local grocery store and request a dog safe bone for their gnawing pleasure.  Remember chicken and turkey bones are totally unsafe.
  • A dog Snuggie - truly, I have no idea how this would go over, but they sell them year after year so some pooches must like them.
  • new leash and/or collar, especially if you've noticed the current one is looking worn or not smelling so great.
  • DogWatch Hidden Fence - did you really think I'd get through this whole post and not plug us!
  • Pedipaws nail trimmer - especially great for the "do it yourself-er" in the family.
  • St. Francis "God Bless My Dog" tag - this is very thoughtful and quite budget friendly gift for the religious minded.
  • Big Leash Remote Trainer - to help with behavioral or training issues.
  • Pet related in home services such as yard clean up, dog food delivery service, a gift certificate to the owners groomer or kennel of choice.
  • A day or two stay at a local doggie day care is always fun.
  • A pet first aid class

If you need more ideas, just give us a call as we're happy to help!

Please also keep in mind that it's never a good idea to give a dog as a gift.  Getting a dog is a very personal decision and commitment - it's a choice that should be made only by the potential owner and no one else.

Family tradition may dictate your answer here as well.  Although this post may seem silly to some, others may find it helpful for the dog lovers in their life.  Think of the two-legged owners and that may also dictate the correct answer.  And if in doubt, grab a bag of treats, a toy, or a butcher's bone as you leave the grocery store.  It's an awkward feeling showing up to a party without a gift, even if the expected recipient would only drool on it anyway.  At the very least, give your dog an extra bit of snuggle time and be thankful for the love and support your fur-kids give you.

We hope you a safe and enjoyable Holiday season.

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As the Fourth of July weekend approaches, everyone is looking forward to the upcoming events.  Picnics, parades and fireworks are so much fun for families and children of all ages.  

But what does your family dog think of all these festivities?  The answer is they are probably not as excited about it as you are.  Crowds of people and loud noises are not a favorite for most dogs, so here are a few tips to help make the Fourth of July weekend more enjoyable for your four-legged friend too:


It may be best to leave your pup at home for this one.  There is a lot of activity at parades – crowds of people, loud noises, items being thrown - it may just be too much for your dog.

If you really want to include your dog in this tradition, be sure to take the following precautions:

Keep your dog on a leash.  We would suggest a 4 or 6 ft non-retractable one in order to best be able to maneuver your dog through a crowd or keep him away from things he shouldn't have.

Watch out for thrown candy.  Candy wrappers, chocolate and sucker sticks could be lethal to your dog.  Keep an eye out to make sure he doesn't snag a stray piece or two.

Bring water and offer it often to keep him hydrated.  

Don’t stay out too long if you’re dog does not handle the heat well.

Definitely do not leave your dog in the car during the length of the parade.  Hot cars are extremely dangerous even for short periods of time.


As we’ve stated in other holiday related articles, the biggest danger for dogs during gatherings like these is food.  Be sure to keep the “people food” on the people plates.  This will avoid any stomach irritations for your dog, which is good in any case, but especially if fireworks are that evening.

Sparklers, at home fireworks, and other related products could also present several dangers to your pet.  For instance:

Anything that you light is obviously potential for burns for people and animals alike.  Be careful and be very aware of who is around you.

Fur could catch fire easily.  Be especially careful with your kids and the sparklers they may be having fun with.

Some of the firework “toys” could frighten dogs.  Especially the snapping, growing or popping ones.  Best to keep your dog inside during these demonstrations to make sure they don’t get spooked or try to eat the remains.  Do not let children (or adults for that matter) tease the family dog with any of these toys.  Even the most passive dog can be very unpredictable when frightened or hurt.


Fireworks are tough for dogs.   We all know how loud fireworks are for us, but keep in mind dogs have much more acute hearing than we do.  Even from inside the house, fireworks can be downright frightening.  A dog’s reaction to fireworks may be similar to thunderstorm anxiety.  

Specific tips for an uneventful fireworks experience include:

No question on this one.  Leave your dog home safe in his crate, favorite room or even a bathroom.

Play some soothing music (or your dog’s favorite) to help drown out the noise of the fireworks.

Be sure all doors and pet doors are locked in the unlikely event of an escape.  In a moment of panic, your dog may try and come to find you (wherever you may be) to find comfort.

Be sure his or her collar and tags are on in case of an escape.

If there are accidents when you get home, try not to be upset.  Keep in mind the reaction was due to fear and nothing else.

We wish you and your family a very safe and enjoyable Fourth of July weekend!  

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