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Fence In Your Feline: How An Underground Hidden Fence Can Keep Your Cat Safe

They paw or scratch at the door. They sit at the window meowing. They follow you around the house, almost tripping you at every turn. If you have an outdoor cat, you know how much they love being outside and will do almost anything to get there. 

If you have an outdoor cat, you also know the dangers of letting your feline family member outside. Outdoor cats live, on average, an estimated 8-10 fewer years than their indoor counterparts. A couple of common dangers for outdoor cats include feral animals, vehicles, and toxins such as antifreeze and fertilizers. However, there is a way to allow your outdoor cat to be an outdoor cat AND keep them safe!

DogWatch® Underground Hidden Fence can help keep your outdoor cat safe by keeping them within the boundaries of your property while still allowing them the freedom to roam. Over the past three decades, DogWatch® Dealers have installed underground dog fences and indoor boundaries for thousands of cats across the country and around the world. 

But how do you train a cat to use an electronic pet fence system?

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2022 DogWatch® Virtual Dealer Meeting

Each year, our DogWatch Dealers, their staff, and family members congregate at a usually sunny and warm setting for the annual DogWatch Dealer meeting. At our meeting, Dealers celebrate each other’s accomplishments, share stories and experiences, attend seminars and workshops, and reconnect with their extended DogWatch family.

Unfortunately, the world has had other plans for the last two years. While the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we do many things, it hasn’t changed the camaraderie and passion of the DogWatch team.

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Can A Hidden Fence Work For A Hunting Dog?

Pointers and Setters, Spaniels and Whippets, hunting dogs come in all shapes, sizes, and breeds. Different breeds of hunting dogs share one similarity: they’re bred to hunt alongside humans. Dogs have been hunting with humans for thousands of years, and there’s evidence that this relationship reaches back to prehistoric times.

Hunting dogs are athletic, loyal, intelligent, eager to please, and typically have tremendous stamina. These attributes often prove invaluable during a hunt. Breeds that fall into this category also possess a strong predatory drive.

When their prey drive is triggered, these dogs can find themselves in hazardous situations. When chasing prey your dog could end up in the middle of a busy street, on someone else’s property, in hunting territory, or even lost. A Hidden Fence from DogWatch® is a great way to ensure that your hunting dog stays safely on your property. Read post »

Can A Hidden Fence Work For A Pit Bull?

Pit Bulls are known to be loving, patient, brave, and loyal companions. Pit Bulls are not one specific breed, but a mix of several breeds, such as Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Bulldog, and American Staffordshire Terrier. These gentle giants are not generally aggressive and only rank behind Golden Retrievers in tests of tolerance.

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The Benefits Of Having Your Electronic Dog Fence Professionally Installed

Are you trying to decide between a do-it-yourself electronic dog fence system and one installed by a professional? There is an increasing number of self-install fence kits available online and in stores, but how do these fences compare to the professionally installed fences, like 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 a more efficient and cost-effective choice for you? Read post »

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5 Ways To Keep Your Pets Safe All Year Long

July 5th is usually the busiest day of the year for animal shelters in the United States due to the holiday that precedes it. Fireworks, large gatherings, flashing lights, and general noise causes many pets to panic and run away. While pets are at an increased risk of getting lost during holidays and celebrations, the fact is that pets are at risk of getting lost every day.

One in three pets get lost in their lifetime, and less than 23% of lost pets in the United States make it home. The number of dogs and cats that end up in animal shelters each year exceeds 4 million. Pet owners know how important it is to keep their four-legged family members safe and at home, and that’s why PetHub started Lost Pet Prevention Month in 2014. Celebrated every July, Lost Pet Prevention Month aims to spread awareness of lost pets, the pressure shelters feel during overpopulation, and what steps owners can take to keep their pets safe.

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FIVE Benefits Of a Dog-Friendly Work Environment!

It’s Take Your Dog to Work Day!

Take Your Dog to Work Day is a celebration of the bond between canines and their humans. This first celebration occurred in the United Kingdom in 1996 and the United States in 1999. This day celebrates all dogs and inspires adoptions from shelters and rescue organizations across the globe.

As the Covid-19 pandemic finally begins to slow, many workers are heading back to their office jobs, much to the chagrin of their four-legged family members, who have undoubtedly settled into the new normal of always having their humans nearby. Luckily, many executives have seen the positive impact pets can play in day-to-day productivity and are considering converting their offices into pet-friendly work environments. That’s good news for dogs and their owners around the world.

Major companies such as Amazon, Trupanion, Petsmart, Airbnb, Google, Etsy, and Uber have had dogs in-house for years now, and it’s easy to see the positive effects it has had on the workplace and company culture.

Here are FIVE benefits of a dog-friendly work environment!

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DogWatch Hidden Fences for Waterfront Homes

Lucy the Labradoodle lives on the shores of beautiful Joslin Lake in Unadilla, Michigan, and she loves to swim. Lucy’s parents, David and Kathy Downey, enjoy watching their young dog leap into the water, but they worried that she may swim too far away from their home. They needed a solution that would allow Lucy the freedom to enjoy the water while also giving them the peace of mind that she will stay close to home. Read post »

Tabby cat and DogWatch Cat Boundaries transmitter and receiver collar

Introducing DogWatch Indoor Boundaries for Cats!

DogWatch® is proud to introduce our new Indoor Boundary system designed just for cats!

The new indoor system is designed to keep your cats safe and out of trouble – and out of the places cats should not be. The system includes an indoor transmitter, the CAT200, and a receiver collar specifically for cats, the CR7. Both the transmitter and the receiver use the same Digital FM technology found in our outdoor Hidden Fences and Mobile Boundaries for dogs.

The CAT200 transmitter is a dual-function Indoor Boundary. It can be used either with an attached boundary wire to keep cats in specific areas where you want them or away from larger areas, such as the dining room, kitchen countertops, living room furniture, etc. Or you can use it without a wire to protect a smaller “off-limits” area two to 10 feet in diameter (one to five feet from the center of the transmitter.) Read post »

Three Great Danes sitting in open doorway with DogWatch Indoor Boundaries

New Indoor/Outdoor Mobile Pet Boundaries from DogWatch®!

DogWatch® is proud to introduce our two newest Mobile Pet Boundaries:

The MB-1 Indoor/Outdoor Mobile Boundary is a versatile, waterproof, battery-operated mobile boundary used indoors or outdoors to create an “off-limits” area for your pet. This wireless system creates a pet-free zone two to eight feet in diameter (one to four feet from the center). The MB-1 transmitter has a rechargeable battery that can last up to 30 days on one charge.

The MB-2 Dual Function Indoor Boundary is our most flexible mobile solution to keep your pet safe inside and can be used either with or without a boundary wire. You can install the MB-2 with a wire to protect a large defined indoor area or you can use it without a wire for greater flexibility to protect smaller areas one to 13 feet in diameter (one to six-and-a-half feet from the center).

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