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Hound dog with DogWatch Hidden Fence collar and white flags in background

Can Hounds Be Trained to Use a Hidden Fence?

Hounds are famous for two things: their noses and their speed. And anyone who has ever lived with a beagle, bloodhound, greyhound, dachshund or other hound dog knows just how fast and determined they can be when chasing prey (or the neighbor’s cat).

DogWatch Dealers are often asked: “Can a hidden fence REALLY work for a hound?” The answer is yes! For over 30 years, DogWatch Dealers have been training hounds and hound mixes to stay in their yards with our hidden fences. We reached out to our Dealers and customers to learn more about the process of training hounds, their unique personalities and how adding an underground electronic fence to their property helped their pups stay safe and do what hounds love to do – sniff, run and play! Read post »

DogWatch Dealer using trencher to bury wire in ground

Self-Installed Vs. Professionally-Installed Electronic Dog Fences

Are you trying to decide between a do-it-yourself electronic dog fence system and one that is professionally installed? There are an increasing number of self-install fence kits available online and in stores, but how do these fences compare to the professionally installed fences, such as those offered by DogWatch®, Invisible Fence® and others? What skills do you need to install them? What do you need to know about dog training? Is a D-I-Y electronic dog fence really a more efficient and cost-effective choice for you? Read post »

Lost Dog Poster - Photo by Randy Laybourne on Unsplash

Preventing Lost Pets with DogWatch Hidden Fences

Did you know that more than 10 million pets are lost each year in the United States, and one out of three pets will be lost during its lifetime? To bring attention to this issue, July has been designated Lost Pet Prevention Month, with the goals of increasing resources for preventing lost pets and relocating lost pets with their owners. July was chosen because July 5th is typically the busiest day for shelter intakes in the United States. The increase is shelter admissions on July 5th is attributed to dogs escaping their homes or running from their owners due to fear of 4th of July fireworks.

At DogWatch®, it’s our mission to keep pets safe. We are pet owners ourselves, and can understand the heartache that pet owners must feel when their pet is lost. We are dedicated to creating products than can help reduce the number of lost pets and give pet parents peace of mind that their dogs (and cats) will not be one of those 10 million lost each year. Read post »

Brighton Area Schools Pack of Dogs program service dogs and handlers with David Downey of DogWatch by Laughing Labrador

DogWatch Dealer Helps Train School Therapy Dogs with SideWalker Leash Trainers

This week, DogWatch Dealers Kathy and David Downey of DogWatch by Laughing Labrador donated 12 SideWalker® Leash Trainers to a unique public school therapy dog program in Brighton, Michigan to help improve the dogs’ leash walking behavior. The Downeys and DogWatch by Laughing Labrador installer Daniel Perez also hosted a hands-on training session with the therapy dogs and their handlers. Read post »

Beagle

Can My Dog Get Out of the Hidden Fence Containment Area?

One of the questions DogWatch Dealers are frequently asked is “Can my dog get out of the hidden fence containment area?” The answer is that if the initial training was done properly, this will rarely happen. If it does happen, it is usually for one of the following reasons. The first reason accounts for approximately 90% of all incidents. Read post »

Close up of white DogWatch Hidden Fence flags with brown Labradoodle in background

How to Find, Fix and Prevent Wire Breaks in Your Hidden Fence

DogWatch® Dealers work hard to properly place and protect Hidden Fence boundary wires, and most customers go years without any issues. But wire breaks do happen. They are often the result of outside forces like weather, landscaping and small burrowing animals. Here are some tips to help you identify a wire break, repair the wire and avoid any future disruptions.  Read post »

Labradoodle and Cockapoo in front of a garden looking up a tree

Keep Your Dog Out of Your Garden with DogWatch

You love your dog. You love your garden. But dogs and gardens can be a difficult combination. Are you looking for a way to protect your carefully cultivated flowers, trees, bushes and veggies from your dog’s rowdy ways? Consider one of these products from DogWatch!  Read post »

Watch a DogWatch Hidden Fence Dealer Train a Deaf Cat

Did you know that DogWatch works for cats, too! Check out this great video from a very happy DogWatch cat customer!

Boo is a 1 year-old deaf male cat from Dallas, TX who loves to play in his backyard. Keeping him in the backyard, however, was a problem. Despite his family’s best efforts to keep him contained, Boo frequently climbed over fences and in trees to explore his neighborhood. This behavior is especially risky for Boo, as he is unable to hear the sounds of cars, wildlife or other potential dangers.

Boo’s family was in need a solution to keep him safe while still giving him the outside access he craved. So they called their local DogWatch Dealer, DFW DogWatch, to learn more about hidden fences for cats. “After long hard deliberation,” Boo’s mom wrote on YouTube, “we decided to install a hidden/radio fence with a correction collar to keep our cat Boo in the yard.” Read post »

black labrador retriever and Australian shepherd wearing hidden fence collar playing in yard with white flags in background

Top 6 Hidden Fence Myths Addressed

Hidden fencing (a.k.a. electric dog fencing, invisible fencing, or underground fencing) has been in existence for a long time but has recently become more popular due to the ever increasing fence restrictions and our ability to trust more in technological advancements. There are some people, however, that are still leery due mostly to myths associated with this type of pet containment. We would like to address these myths and help educate the general public about the safety, humanity and convenience of hidden fences.

The six most popular myths associated with hidden fences are 1) the shock is dangerous and inhumane; 2) it doesn’t work on my breed; 3) my dog will never want to come outside again; 4) it will make my dog become aggressive; 5) it is too expensive and 6) store-bought systems work just as well as professionally-installed hidden fences. Read post »

Black Lab with SmartFence Activity and TattleTale Screen

SmartFence WebApp Update: The TattleTale Graph is Here!

Announcing the newest feature of our exclusive SmartFence™ – the TattleTale™ Graph!

The TattleTale lets users know when and how many times their pet has entered the Avoidance Zone. By tracking the frequency and timing of these ‘boundary challenges,’ pet parents can spot potential distractions – like a neighbor’s dog or a school bus – and address them right away. Read post »