Our Dealers are the difference
What is a Hidden Dog Fence?
"Not only is DogWatch’s technology heads above that used in other hidden/invisible fence businesses, the staff are friendly, courteous, knowledgeable, and interested in relating to their clients and their pets. Mark was great at explaining the system to us and the installation was performed quickly and efficiently. Josh was a fantastic trainer and worked so well with our puppy. We’re thankful for everyone’s conscientious work and investment in greatly improving our family’s quality of life."
Nancy H., Avon, CT
"We would give DogWatch more than a 5 stars if it were possible! We have purchased both their hidden fence and most recently the SideWalker. Their prices are reasonable and include awesome training! Emilie trained our dog on both and we couldn’t be happier!"
Wayne B., Whitmore Lake, MI
"We love our underground fence from DogWatch! Chad trained our dogs and showed us how to work with them to learn the boundaries, and they have never gotten out once in two years. When landscapers hit the fence while digging, Chad came back out quickly to get it repaired. We have been extremely pleased, our dogs love being able to go in the front and back yards, and the price for a DogWatch hidden fence was a lot less than paying for an above-ground fence."
Nancy J., Huntsville, AL
"We used DogWatch for a hidden fence for 3 dogs. Everyone we spoke with at DogWatch was professional, kind, knowledgeable, and they were prompt on all appointments. Thank you for your wonderful service!"
Brittany F., Kernersville, NC
"Dog Watch installed the hidden fence in my yard. We have a dog that liked to run. We live close to a busy street and we were concerned that she would get hurt or worse. The electric fence was installed in one day. Our dog learned very quickly with their training. Now our little dog can run freely about our yard without worry."
Kathy C., Indianapolis, IN
What’s special about DogWatch?
You asked, we answered
- What is a hidden fence?
A hidden fence is an underground dog fence system that uses a radio signal to keep your dog in a designated containment area, such as a yard; or out of an area, such as a swimming pool, patio, or garden. Hidden fences can also be used to create Indoor Boundaries that work inside your home to keep your pet off a couch, out of a room or away from a kitchen counter.
Hidden dog fences are often mistakenly referred to generically as “invisible fences”. Invisible Fence® is a brand name and Registered Trademark of the Invisible Fence Company.
- How do hidden dog fences work?
Hidden fences are created by burying a ‘boundary wire’ a few inches underground around your property. The buried wire carries a harmless, low level radio signal from a transmitter installed in your house or garage. Your pet wears a lightweight, waterproof receiver collar that recognizes the radio signal. As your pet approaches the buried wire, the receiver collar emits a warning signal (audible or vibration). If your pet travels further, he will receive a mild but safe stimulation (also called a “correction”) from the receiver collar. Through a training program, your dog learns to recognize his fence boundaries and learns to stop at the warning signal. Although there are differences in some of the product features, this is how all hidden fences work (DogWatch®, Invisible Fence® and other radio fence brands.)
With an indoor system, the hidden wire runs around your couch, under the lip of the counter, around the trash or across a doorway or wherever you need to create either a containment area or an “off-limits” area. We also have “wireless” indoor units that do not require placement of a boundary wire. Contact your local DogWatch Dealer to discuss your options.
- How does my dog learn where the hidden fence boundary is?
Training is an important part of the process. After we install the hidden fence, we work with you to train your pet. The training includes teaching your pet to recognize the containment area boundaries through a combination of voice commands, audible warning signals from the receiver collar and visual flags that are set in the yard where the pet hears the warning alert. With training, the dog remembers the placement of the flags and associates the flags with the warning signal. As your pet learns, the flags are slowly taken away. Your pet also learns that if he continues beyond the flags and warning alert, he will receive a mild correction (a stimulation from the collar). After training, most dogs do not cross the hidden boundary; they usually stop before the warning signal to avoid the correction.
We will initiate the training and provide instructions and support so you can complete and reinforce the training. After the initial training, your dog goes through a training session with you for a few minutes each day for about two weeks. We will develop a plan to meet the specific training needs of your pet(s).
- Will the stimulation from a hidden dog fence collar hurt my dog?
No. The “stimulation” from the collar is unpleasant, but it will not “burn” or injure your pet. It is a sensation similar to the static shock you receive after walking across a carpet in your socks. It is uncomfortable, but it does not harm you.
- How much do hidden fences cost?
The cost for a DogWatch Hidden Fence is almost always much less than traditional fencing. The cost varies based on which system is right for you, the number of pets, the size of the property, how many sidewalk and driveway cuts, if you want internal “garden loops”, etc. Contact us for a free consultation and an estimate for your property.
In addition to costing less than traditional fences, hidden dog fences provide more flexibility and more secure containment than traditional fences. For example, you can contain your dog in your yard, but keep him out of a pool area, garden or driveway gate. Plus, your dog cannot jump over, chew through or dig under a hidden fence. And underground dog fences don’t need to be painted and don’t deteriorate like traditional fences.
There usually isn’t much difference in the cost of a DogWatch® fence and other Dealer installed brands (such as Invisible Fence®.) Retail brands may seem to cost less than the Dealer installed brands, but they do not include installation (which can be challenging), training (which is very important), ongoing support or a good Warranty program. Also, Dealer installed products tend to be better quality than retail brands.
- Where are DogWatch Dealers located?
DogWatch Hidden Fence Dealers are located throughout the continental United States, Alaska, Canada and in many other countries around the world. Check our Dealer Locator to find an authorized DogWatch Dealer near you.
- What else do I need to know about DogWatch?
We’ve been surrounding pets with freedom since 1990. We are a privately-owned, people-oriented company that takes pride in our quality customer service. Our engineers constantly research and develop new ways to make our products the safest for your pet and the easiest for you to use in your home. Our products are designed, assembled and tested in our office in Massachusetts. We strive to create the best pet containment products in the industry. We’d be happy to answer any questions you have. Contact customer service at (800) 793-3436 (M-F, 9:00am-5:00pm EST).
It’s all about your dog.
DogWatch is not Invisible Fence®
Our “hidden fences” are often mistakenly referred to generically as “invisible fences.” Invisible Fence® and Invisible Fencing® are brand names, products and registered trademarks of Invisible Fence, Inc.