DogWatch® Pet Training Tips

Make the most of your DogWatch® purchase with these helpful training tips. Can’t find an answer to your question here? Check out your Owner’s Guide or Contact Us.
General Training Guidelines (click to open a PDF)
Dogwatch Hidden Fence Training

Hidden Fence Training: The Importance of Reinforcement

DogWatch TrainingUpon installation of your DogWatch® hidden fence system, one of
our experienced DogWatch® Dealers will guide your dog through the beginning steps of learning his new boundaries. After these two weeks of training, it is important that you continue to reinforce what the dog has learned.
Here’s how:
  1. While wearing his DogWatch® receiver collar, walk your dog on a leash throughout all areas of your new hidden fence system several times a day for at least four to five days.
  2. Once near the boundary flags, your dog’s collar will emit a signal saying he is too close. Using the leash, pull the dog back into the safe zone, praising him for his return. This will allow the dog to continue associating his close proximity to the undesirable stimulation he receives. Consistency is key during this training period.
  3. Do not allow your pet to run freely in the yard during this training period and avoid leaving the hidden fence area for a walk. This will prevent confusion and allow for your dog to best adapt to his new boundaries.
  4. Once an understanding has been established, you can allow your dog more and more independent time within the hidden fence system. First observing your dog, it is helpful to use verbal warnings such as “watch out” should your pet be in close proximity of a boundary. Reinforcement should continue in this stage, but will become gradually more and more unnecessary as your dog masters his new boundaries.

Proper Collar-Strap Fit is Critical!

Dogwatch Hidden Fence Atlanta Proper Collar FitOur receiver collars are made with your dogs in mind and especially important when making the most of your DogWatch hidden pet fence system. It is absolutely necessary to make sure the contact posts of your dog’s receiver collar are snug enough with your dog’s skin. For dog’s with a longer coat we recommend trimming the fur under the receiver or using a receiver collar with longer contact posts.
To best protect your dog from sores or irritation, remove the collar after every training session or when not in use, and especially at night. We also recommend checking the area underneath the receiver collar for signs of irritation and loosening the collar or applying antibiotic salve if necessary. As long as your dog’s receiver collar is fitting correctly, they should remain happy and healthy!

Leaving the Hidden Fence System

Dogwatch Hidden Fence Atlanta Training Boundary TowelOur hidden fence systems are not meant to eliminate daily neighborhood strolls with your dog. We want you to continue cherishing these moments with your dog – here are some helpful tips to do so:
  1. When leaving the property, make sure to take your dog’s receiver collar off and attach a leash. Always leave the hidden fence area in the same way, such as through the driveway or sidewalk. Consistency is key.
  2. If your dog is hesitant, create a “gate” for them to cross through – an area they know is only meant for them when their receiver collar is off. For example, lay a towel down between two boundary flags. This will serve as your dog’s personal walkway. With the receiver collar off and leash on, encourage the dog to walk over the towel and cross the hidden fence boundary. Upon return, have your dog cross back over into the hidden fence area using the same personal “gate.”
  3. Whenever inside the hidden fence area, your dog should be wearing his receiver collar. This will continue to reinforce the importance of his new boundaries. Need more help? Our local DogWatch® dealers and Customer Service are always here to help. Contact Us and make the most of your DogWatch pet training system.

Training Your Dog With a Hidden Fence

Boundary Training
Aiming to keep your dog happy and safe within your home, our Hidden Fence System provides consistent reinforcement throughout your dog’s boundary training period. With this consistency and a few simple guidelines, your dog will begin to feel confident and knowledgeable navigating his new boundaries.
Stimulation Response
Safe and effective, correction stimulations have been used for over 20 years to train dogs just like your’s. However, no two dogs will respond the same to a correction stimulation. For example, some dogs may respond with merely an ear twitch, while others may jump back or freeze. It’s important your dog learns to associate his actions with these corrections and therefore we recommend avoiding comforting your dog after a correction trigger. This will interfere with the training process and may reinforce his anxiety.
Dog Personalities and Traits
It is important to keep in mind that your dog’s personality plays a vital role in the training process. Your dog’s personality will affect the way he responds to the training method and the progress he makes throughout the training period.
Professional Boundary Training
Our DogWatch® Dealers are well-versed in professionally training your dog. Upon installation of your hidden fence system, they will assess your dog’s personality and traits. To best train your pet and accommodate for his specific needs, the DogWatch® Dealer may spend more or less time in certain areas of the training period.

The better you know your dog, the easier the pet training system will be for both of you!

Creating The Right Environment
Attitude and consistency is key!
  1. Keep your dog’s spirits high by using constant encouragement and praise.
  2. Use the tone of your voice to communicate with your dog – high, happy tones for praise and low tones for negative commands.
  3. Avoid confusion and navigate your hidden fence boundaries in the same manner during every training session.
  4. Incorporate verbal commands such as “Watch out!” or “Careful” while shaking or pointing to the flag. This will further reinforce boundaries.
  5. Keep the training sessions consistent and short, no more than 20 minutes.
  6. For five days, keep you dog on the lead in your yard.
  7. Training more than one dog? Remember to train each of them separately.
  8. Use your environment as distractions, such as neighbors or children.
  9. We’re always here to help! Contact Us if you have any questions.
Remember!
Proper, successful training is necessary for effective pet containment. The first few weeks serve to be the most important – please Contact Us if you have any questions about the dog training phases or your dog’s behavior while training.

Hidden Fence Training: The Two Zones

When training your dog to learn the boundaries of his hidden fence system, it is important to constantly reinforce the two distinct zones of your home.
SAFETY ZONE
This area is the “acceptable” area. Your dog can play and roam in this area.
AVOIDANCE ZONE
Created by your underground boundary wires, this is the “off-limits” area. When challenged, this signal field will communicate to your dog’s receiver collar that he is too close. His receiver collar will then emit an audible warning followed by a stimulation correction. If training is done correctly, your dog will remain in the Safety Zone more often than not.

Taking Your Dog Outside the Boundary

As part of the training process, your DogWatch Dealer will recommend the most appropriate time to begin taking your dog outside the hidden fence area. Always remove your dog’s receiver collar, it is important to be remain consistent in the way in which you “exit” the hidden fence area. For example, always picking up small dogs and carrying them across the boundary or creating an exit specifically for your dog.

Hidden Fence Boundary Tips

  1. Avoid close contact with or walking through the boundary flags during training..
  2. Never give your dog a command, such as “come,” when you are outside the boundary line.
  3. Incorporate verbal commands when your dog has received a collar correction. For example, reinforcing the need to retreat by saying “Watch out!” while shaking or pointing to the boundary flag.
  4. Keep your dog comfortable – check to make sure his receiver collar is adjusted correctly, the battery is functioning properly, and the contact posts are clean.
  5. After the training period, remember to remove your dog’s receiver collar when not in use and especially at night. Regularly check your dog’s neck for signs of skin irritation.
  6. Consistency is key! Keeping training periods concise, 10-15 minutes once or twice a day.
  7. To avoid confusion and unnecessary correction, NEVER throw a toy or ball in the avoidance area.
  8. Always praise and play with your dog in the safe zone.
  9. Be positive! Your dog loves your encouragement and will make him feel confident during the training process.

The Seven Rules of Pet Training

Animal Behavior Therapist and Trainer, Raymond J. McSoley helped develop our dog training system and still remains a strong supporter of DogWatch. In his book Dog Tales, Ray outlines seven important rules to remember while training your dog. Seven rules he emphasizes to all his clients, these rules have also become our philosophy here at DogWatch.
Rule 1: You must be responsible for learning to communicate with your dog.
Rule 2: You must be the leader and the dog the follower – there’s no room for equality in the dog’s mind.
Rule 3: If you’re not teaching the correct behavior, then you’re teaching the wrong behavior, because you’re always teaching the dog something.
Rule 4: You must be consistent in dealing with your dog.
Rule 5: Don’t expect your dog to know the difference between right and wrong. He is not a little person in a fur coat.
Rule 6: You must be certain your dog understands why he is being corrected.
Rule 7: Reward your dog for the proper behavior.
©Raymond J. McSoley. All rights reserved. Published by Warner Books Inc.