How It Works
Installing the Hidden Fence
After meeting with your local DogWatch Dealer to determine the best containment configuration for your pet, a wire is buried in the ground to create the containment area. A radio transmitter is then installed in an appropriate location (garage, basement, etc.) and connected to the buried wire. The transmitter sends a special FM radio signal through the buried wire. DogWatch includes both external and internal lightning protection to provide maximum protection for your fence and your home wiring system. Dual lightning protection is not included with other hidden dog fence brands.
Using the Hidden Fence
In order for the hidden fence to work, your dog (or cat) must wear a special 'radio collar' that can detect the signal being transmitted through the buried wire. When your pet approaches the boundary wire, the collar will emit an audible warning 'beep' that alerts him/her not to go further. If your pet moves beyond the audible signal into the correction area, he/she receives a mild correction from the receiver-collar. Through an easy training program using flags as a visual marker, most dogs quickly learn where the "fence" is and stop when they hear the audible warning signal.
Will the 'Correction' Hurt My Dog?
The 'correction' from the radio collar when your pet gets too close to the hidden fence is like a strong 'static shock' - the kind you get from walking in your socks on a carpet and then touching something. It is enough to get your attention, and you don't really want to get another one, but it does not really 'hurt' you. This is enough to stop most dogs (and cats) from crossing into the correction area. The strength of the correction can be easily adjusted so it is appropriate for the size and temperament of your pet.
Sometimes it is worth taking the time to let someone know that their customer service went above and beyond expectation. Stateline DogWatch came to my house to install the fence within days of my inquires. Explained how to work with the fence and my dog to have the most success. They were wonderful.