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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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The Emerald Isle has brought us many great things ranging from Guinness Stout to the preservation of western civilization during the dark ages. Being a day for all things Irish it is only appropriate to talk about some of its greatest contributions to the world. The nine dogs of Ireland.

These dogs with descriptions supplied by the AKC are as follows:

The Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier is a rough-and-ready working terrier that is the least known of the four terrier breeds native to Ireland. Longer than tall and sporting a harsh coat of medium length, the Glen is very much a big dog on short legs. The Glen is the only terrier breed of Ireland not defined by a single color. Acceptable colors for the breed are various shades of wheaten, blue and brindle.

Initially bred to rid the home and farm of vermin, and hunt badger and fox, these rugged dogs also had a unique task for which they were expressly designed to perform - they were turnspit dogs. The turnspit was a large wheel which, when paddled by the dog, would turn a spit over the hearth -- a canine propelled rotisserie. Today's Glens are very much the same as the Glens that worked the lowlands of County Wicklow 100 years ago, with very little refinement or influence by fashion.

Despite its name, the Irish Red and White Setter is a distinct breed, not just a different colored version of the Irish Setter. Bred primarily for the field, they should be strong, powerful and athletic, with a keen and intelligent attitude. The coat’s base color is white with solid red patches.

Known in Ireland since the 17th century, the Red and White is thought to be the older of the two Irish Setters. However, due to the overwhelming popularity of its solid red cousin, and separate breeding of the two breeds, the Irish Red and White Setter was nearly extinct by the end of the 19th century. During the 1920s, efforts were made to revive the Irish Red and White Setter and by the 1940s, the breed began to reemerge in Ireland.

The Irish Setter is one of the most distinctive Sporting breeds. The mahogany red Irish Setter is an active, aristocratic bird dog. Originally bred to be red and white, the solid red color appeared in Ireland the 19th century and became a mark of quality and superior sporting ability. Over two feet tall at the shoulder, the Irish is known for his style, powerful movement and clown-like personality.

The Irish Setter became popular in the 18th century throughout Ireland and the British Isles. Developed from a mix of Irish Water Spaniel, Irish Terrier, English Setter, Spaniel, Pointer, and a dash of Gordon Setter, the breed was originally used to "set" game, crouching low near the birds so that the hunters could walk up and throw a net over bird and dog. When firearms were introduced, the Irish adapted into a gun dog that pointed, flushed and hunted in an upright stance.

The Irish Terrier sports a beautiful red coat, an alert expression and trim outline with piercing eyes that reflect a rare intelligence. He is a gallant picture of authentic terrier type and character. The breed is good tempered, spirited and game. The breed’s coat is short and wiry in texture.

His origin has been much debated, but there is indisputable evidence that he is one of the oldest of the terrier breeds. Early Irish Terriers came in a variety of colors, including black and tan, gray, and brindle. It was only near the end of the 19th century that the solid red color become a fixture of the breed. In World War I the Irish Terrier was used as a messenger and sentinel.

The clown of the spaniel family, the Irish Water Spaniel will think of creative ways to accomplish even the slightest of tasks. Strong and intelligent, the tallest spaniel breed possesses several unique characteristics – its liver-colored curly coat and signature "rat tail." The water-repellant double coat consists of dense, tight ringlets with a topknot of long, loose curls and a smooth face. The "rat" tail is thick and covered with curls at the base, tapering to a fine point covered with short, smooth hair.

A dog of ancient lineage, there is evidence of Irish Water Spaniel-type remains going back as far as the 7th and 8th centuries AD. In the late 1100’s, dogs found in southern Ireland below the River Shannon were called Shannon Spaniels, Rat-Tail Spaniels or Whip-Tail Spaniels, among other things. Records document the "Water Spagnel" with "long, rough, curled hair and a tail somewhat bare and naked." Today’s IWS is a true dual-purpose hunting dog, as qualified with upland game as with waterfowl.

An Irish Wolfhound must be "of great size and commanding appearance." He has a large, muscular greyhound-like shape, and he is the tallest of dogs, but not the heaviest. A superb athlete and an endurance runner, an old Irish proverb describes him perfectly: "Gentle when stroked, fierce when provoked." The breed’s recognized colors are gray, brindle, red, black, pure white, fawn and others.

One of the earliest recorded references to Irish Wolfhounds is in Roman records dating to 391 A.D. Often used as royal gifts, they hunted with their masters, fought beside them in battle, guarded their castles, played with their children, and lay quietly by the fire as family friends. They were fierce hunters of wolves and the oversized Irish elk, so good that their prey disappeared from Ireland and the hounds fell upon hard times. By the 19th Century there were few IWs left in Ireland.

The Kerry Beagle has been a "beagle" for centuries in spite of the fact that this breed has never been as small as a Beagle. This breed is believed to have existed during the 1500s and during that time, the Kerry Beagle is even a larger breed. Next to the Irish Wolfhound, the Kerry Beagle is considered to be the oldest breed of Irish dog. This breed is believed to have arrived to Ireland with the Celts. In the early Celtic settlements, the breed was refined through the crossing with Southern and French hounds.

As mentioned, the breed is larger than the modern day Beagle. This dashing hound's well built appearance is made more impressive by the medium length close lying coat that vary from black and tan, blue mottled or black, tan and white color. (description brought to you by www.sarahsdogs.com).

Intelligent and game, the Kerry Blue Terrier is truly an all-purpose dog. Originally bred to hunt and retrieve, Kerries can be found today in the show, obedience, agility, herding and earthdog rings. The Kerry’s trademark soft, wavy coat can range from deep slate gray blue to light blue gray. Kerry Blues are born black and, if correct, possess the dominant gene for coat fading. They will fade and acquire their adult color by 18 months.

A native of County Kerry, Ireland, the Kerry Blue Terrier was used as an all-round working and utility terrier, responsible for hunting small game and birds, retrieving from land and water, and herding sheep and cattle. It is thought that the peasantry of Ireland developed the Kerry as an answer to the nobility using Irish Wolfhounds. The Kerry was used to help the peasantry to silently hunt the noble hunting grounds.

As its name implies, the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is prized for its coat, which is soft, silky, with a gentle wave, and of warm wheaten color. Underneath, however, is a formidable dog that leaves no doubt as to his terrier origins. Square and medium-sized, he is happy, steady, self-confident and alert to his surroundings. The Wheaten is also versatile, competing in obedience, agility and earth dog trials.

Known for more than 200 years in Ireland, the "Wheaten" shares common ancestry with the Kerry Blue and the Irish Terrier, but was not owned by the landed gentry. They were the poor man’s dog, an all-purpose farm dog, given to patrolling the borders of small farms, ridding them of vermin, herding sheep and hunting with his master.

The Irish are well known for many things. Poetry, politicians, 40 shades of green, and now its wide variety of dogs. Happy St. Patrick’s Day and may the luck of the Irish be with you all dog-gone year!

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We love our dogs. They fill our lives with laughter and unconditional love. They also shed hair, scratch at the door and poop in the back yard. To me, that’s a pretty good deal, even if they’re more likely to drink from the toilet than flush it. Pet Butler was created to make life a little cleaner and safer for pets and their people. Of course, in order to do that, we must provide a fair wage for our employees and make a little profit besides. When we started in 1988, that seemed like a tall order. Today, more than 25 years later, we’ve shown that if we take care of our customers, our customers will take care of us.

One of the pleasures of running a small business is that as we earn respect and become part of our neighborhood, we meet others with the same goals. That’s how I met Emily and Pat West, who own and operate DogWatch of Columbus. I’ve known them for years. We have some customers in common. What I see and what I hear tells me that we share a commitment to Customer Service. Those aren’t just buzzwords in a mission statement. Customer Service is what both our companies offer, despite our different approaches.

When Emily contacted me with questions about the poop scooping business, I was happy to help.

Q - What should you look for in a pooper scooper service? 

A - Anyone can pick up dog waste. If the job isn’t done well with the right tools, you’re liable to pick some up on your shoe and track it into the house. A good service is reliable. We care about doing the job well, time after time. That’s how Pet Butler keeps so many of our customers for many years. Price is important, of course. The question is, do you want the cheapest, or is it worth a little more to get the best value? Reputation is earned by providing quality work over time. Ask your friends, neighbors and pet professionals before you choose. Check with the Better Business Bureau and Angie’s List. Is pet rescue important to you? Ask your favorite rescue which companies truly support them. A good company has roots in your community.

Q - How often should the service come and pick up? 

A - We serve most of our customers once each week. Most dogs leave two or three piles every day, when fed a healthy diet. That’s fifteen to twenty a week for just one dog. Before long, things begin “piling up” in your back yard.

Of course, this decision is up to you. If you just need a little help catching up after a long cold winter, we offer One Time Cleaning. If you want the very best, Twice a Week Cleaning is available in most of Central Ohio and Three Times a Week service is available in limited areas.

Q - What do you do with all that poop? 

A - Dog waste is not just smelly and unpleasant. Unless it is cleaned up, it washes into streams and lakes and pollutes them. It’s important to pick that nasty mess up and dispose of it so it won’t wash into the environment.

Proper disposal in an EPA approved landfill is the safest and most affordable means of disposal. Approved landfills are sealed to prevent contents of leaking into ground water. Pet Butler disposes pet waste legally and responsibly in a landfill. Beginning in 2013, we began a pilot program to convert pet waste to clean natural gas. Utilizing a local commercial anaerobic digester, we have converted hundreds of pounds of waste into a useful product. Our goal, by late spring or early summer, is to convert at least one ton of pet waste per month. We call it Pet Butler’s Poop to Power Project. It’s a silly name for a serious effort.

Q - What are your feelings regarding pet waste composts? 

A - Besides bacteria, pet waste may contain disease causing organisms and parasites. Since most composting systems don’t get hot enough to kill them, any system that allows water to flow into and out of the compost will allow these hazards to spread. A surface composter or unlined hole in the ground may allow the spread of harmful organisms. You certainly don’t want compost containing pet waste in your garden or where you, your kids or your pet may come in contact with it. Many municipal compost systems will not accept pet waste. We generally find composting does not meet our standard of safety.

Q - What have you found to be the best pooper scooper piece of equipment?

A - The right tool for the job is the tool that works best. When I’m walking my dog, that means my hand inside a plastic bag. Even though I’ve picked up over three million piles of poop (yes, you read that right), I still find this unpleasant. Plastic bags do fit in my pocket, however. My long handled professional tools are awkward for a quick walk with my beagle.
Every pet waste tool we saw in the stores was impractical for cleaning large amounts of waste cleanly and quickly. We took existing tools and modified them for our needs. These days, you can purchase a long handled pan and rake set that is a crude, smaller version of the tools we use.
At the ridiculous and expensive end of the spectrum are poop vacuums, power augers and other complicated tools that are just not practical. If I had a dollar for every ad I’ve seen that promised to “revolutionize the way you scoop poop”, I would have enough money to buy a few sets of tools that really worked.

Q - How can you spot poop amongst melting snow? 

A - Fresh snow is a problem for us, since we need to see to be able to scoop poop. After a few days or significant melting, we can begin cleaning yards again. Dog waste is very visible on top of snow and sometimes we can see it under a thin layer of snow and ice. We are frustrated every winter but we do our best, and the overwhelming majority of our customers are patient and understanding in difficult weather. After all, poop doesn’t melt away and they know we’ll keep at it until we get the job done.

Q - I’ve heard you tell dozens of stories. What’s your favorite? 

A - Find me at any pet rescue event, and I’ll be happy to tell stories. One of my favorites is about how pets and their people become alike. Anyone who knows Miniature Schnauzers knows that they tend to be energetic little dogs and a little noisy. One of our customers had one who followed me through the yard, barking the entire time I was there. He always barked in the same pattern. “Arf - pause - arf arf arf - pause - arf” One day, the owner came out to quiet the dog. “No! - pause - no no no- pause - no!” I’m not sure who trained whom.

Q - Which breed creates the biggest piles? Smallest piles? 

A - As you can imagine, the general rule is “Big Dog, Big Mess”. Great Danes and Mastiffs leave some pretty impressive piles. Even though the scoop gets heavy, those breeds are still easier to clean up after than the toy breeds. Tiny piles are hard to see and it takes longer to clean up after a couple of Chihuahuas than a pair of Golden Retrievers. It’s interesting that some breeds seem to leave more piles, like Labs and Basset Hounds. That knowledge led me to one of my favorite jokes. 

What does Pet Butler call two Labs in one yard?
Job Security!

Q - What else would you like to share?

A - We all lead busy lives these days. Even when we find the time, nobody really likes a big hand full of dog poop. You have better things to do with your time. Less mess? Less stress! Pet Butler - We Scoop Poop! The best tool to get your yard cleaned just might be your smart phone.

Visit PetButler.com or call 1-800-PET-BUTLER

Pete Hulse owns and operates Pet Butler of Central Ohio. He makes his home in Columbus with his wife Hewitt, Ruby the WonderBeagle and three silly cats.

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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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Your system is incredible…Thank you!

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They’re always helpful and courteous, and have been taking care of me for the past 14 years.

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From the first phone call, to the in-home presentation, to the install and follow-up training, Pat & Emily were wonderful to work with. They were not just sales people who may quit their job the next day, they work and breathe the business so we knew they would be around in the future.

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