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Product Review: DogWatch Hidden Fence

Pros: Made in the USA; receivers are user-adjustable and use standard batteries

Cons: Not available in every market

In my opinion, DogWatch makes a fairly high-quality product that includes some nice features other pro dog fence companies don't offer; for example, they use standard batteries in their receivers, so you don't have to buy expensive proprietary batteries from your local installer.

DogWatch is a pro line of dog fences, which means that the only way to purchase this product is to contact the DogWatch installer who serves your local area. Pricing for DogWatch hidden fences varies by area, however, the DogWatch website lists the median price at $1450.

Product Features

First of all, unlike Invisible Fence products, DogWatch receivers are user-adjustable, which means that you can change the correction level your pet receives without intervention from your professional installer. Also, DogWatch receivers use standard batteries that you can purchase almost anywhere, saving you the expense and inconvenience of purchasing proprietary batteries from your installer. Additionally, DogWatch receivers have a two-year battery life; in my experience, that's about four times longer than other brands. Finally, DogWatch transmitters have built-in and external lightning protection, and are capable of powering up to 200 acres.

The type of wire included with a DogWatch fence varies with each installer. The minimum wire quality you should expect is 18-gauge solid core wire, although 14-gauge wire is much more durable.


All DogWatch products include professional installation and training support. The level of training support varies with each installer — some installers include only the initial training sessions and charge for additional support, while others offer training support as a standard part of the installation package. Make sure you understand exactly how much free training support you will receive when you purchase your DogWatch fence. Ideally, you'll receive at least 6 months of free, onsite support.

DogWatch offers a lifetime hardware warranty and a limited 30-day money-back guarantee if you are unsatisfied with your system.

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