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DogWatch® Pet Training Tips

Here is a list of a few training tips to help you make the most of your DogWatch purchase. If you don't find the answers you need here, review your Owner's Guide or contact your local Dealer.

Reinforcing The Hidden Fence Training

Your Dogwatch dealer will introduce you to your dog training system and provide the initial training.  Following this initial training by your Dogwatch dealer, you will need to reinforce what your dog already knows and here’s how. To keep your dog out of other’s yards or away from your swimming pool  or patio, follow the steps outlined here.  In order for your dog training system to be most effective, first place the DogWatch collar on your Dog and walk the dog to all areas of your yard, near the boundary flags, several times a day for at least four to five days.

The leash is very important, because you must be able to pull the dog back to safety and praise the dog for returning to reinforce the training. For your pet training system to be successful, the keys are consistency and repetition. Praise the dog immediately upon re-entering the safe zone. Do not allow your pet to run freely in the yard during the training period, and avoid leaving the property for walks unless you leave by car and carry the dog. This is to prevent confusing the dog about leaving the yard. After the dog has a good understanding of the audible warning, release the animal for short periods of time unattended. Observe your dog for these free times, and be prepared to reinforce the verbal "Watch Out" should the dog venture too near the boundary. Gradually increase the time your pet is allowed outdoors unattended for the first few weeks.


Proper Collar-Strap Fit Is Critical!


Make sure the collar of your pet training system is snug enough to keep the posts in good contact with the dog's skin. If your dog has a heavy coat, trim the fur under the receiver. Longer contact posts are available for very heavy-coated dogs. Remove the DogWatch collar after each training session. After the training period, the dog may wear the receiver collar during the day, but you should remove it at night and check the neck area under the collar for signs of irritation. Should the neck develop a sore (a rare occurrence), the collar is too tight. Loosen the collar a little bit to allow the area to recover and, if necessary, apply an antibiotic salve.


Taking Your Dog For A Walk (Leaving the Yard)

Your dealer will recommend when it's time to take your dog across the hidden fence boundary for a walk outside of the containment area. It is important to be consistent whenever doing this. Be sure to remove the receiver-collar and attach your dog’s regular collar and leash and go to and from your walk, always using the same “exit” point from your property (eg. end of the driveway, etc).  We suggest that you beckon your pet with a command such as; "go for a walk" to encourage him/her to follow you.

The dog may hesitate the first few times you leave the yard. For a small(er) dog you can carry him/her over the fence boundary during the first few weeks after implementing your hidden fence system. Another option is to set a towel or cloth down between the pet fence flags. Ask your dog to sit. Place the towel on the ground, then cross the line through the flags with the dog on the leash.  Give him a command to cross such as "good cross".  When you return from your walk, repeat the process and when you get to the other side of the flags ask your dog to sit and pick up the towel.  Place the DogWatch receiver-collar back on your dog, remove the regular collar and leash that you used for the walk, then remind your pet of the hidden fence boundary.


Training Your Dog With a Hidden Fence

Boundary Training:  It is necessary to teach your dog to remain within the designated boundary of your property by following a few simple guidelines and training tips. Consistency and patience is important! In about a week, your dog will know his boundaries and will be a safe and happy dog in your yard!
Your Dog’s Response To Stimulation:  Stimulation has been a safe and effective part of dog training systems for over twenty years. All dogs respond differently when they feel a mild stimulation. Some dogs may demonstrate little, if any, reaction, while others may yelp or jump back. Some dogs “freeze”. Do not try to comfort the dog if he receives correction from the dog training system or it will reinforce his anxiety.
Dog Personalities and Traits:  Keep in mind that a dog’s personality and traits differ among breeds. Dogs may not exhibit the same personalities and traits within the same breed.
Professional Boundary Training:  Your DogWatch dealer will ask you questions about your dog before training begins. A shy or senior dog may require longer Phase 1 sessions, while a gregarious or easy to distract dog may require a short Phase 1, but longer Phase 2 or 3 sessions.
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 Important!
  • Keep the training “light”. Use lots of praise. Keep the dog’s spirits high.
  • Use high happy tones for praise. Use low tones for negative commands.
  • Move around the boundary in the same direction.
  • Reinforce the boundary with commands.  Use the commands "Watch Out!" or "Careful" as you slap or shake the flags.
  • Limit each training session to no more than 20 minutes. Keep training consistent.
  • Keep your dog on the lead in the yard for five days.
  • If you are training more than one dog, train each dog separately.
  • Use naturally occurring distractions such as a neighbor or children.
  • Contact your DogWatch Dealer if you have any questions about our pet training systems.
Remember! Proper training is essential for successful containment. If you have any questions about the dog training system phases, especially during the first few weeks, or if you have questions about your dog’s behavior during his training sessions, please contact your DogWatch dealer.

Two Zones for Hidden Fence Training

Think of your property as having two distinct zones:
SAFETY ZONE:  This is the area where the dog is free to play and roam.
AVOIDANCE ZONE:  This is the signal field area created by the boundary wire. When your dog crosses into the signal field the receiver-collar will first emit an audible warning, followed by a correction. When the fence training is complete your dog will continue to remain within the Safety Zone.

Hidden Fence Boundary Training Tips

  • Never call your dog to "come" or issue a recall command when you are "outside" the hidden fence zone.
  • Never walk your dog all the way through the zone during a training session to ther other side.
  • During each training session, it's helpful to reinforce the retreat concept by shaking the flags and exclaiming "Watch out!", as your dog receives the audible warning and/or senses the correction.
  • Regularly adjust the collar strap, test the battery, and keep the contact posts clean.
  • After the training is completed, your dog must wear the receiver-collar throughout the day.  However, you may remove it at night (personal preference).  Also, regularly check your dog's neck to make sure there is no irritation on the skin around the area the contacts posts touch.
  • Keep each training session consistent: 10 to 15 minutes long, two to three times each day.
  • ALWAYS maintain a positive attitude when training your pet.
  • Remember to praise and play in the safe zone at the beginning of every training session. 

The Seven Rules of Pet Training

Internationally known Animal Behavior Therapist and Trainer, Raymond J. McSoley, helped DogWatch Inc. develop our dog training system and continues to be a strong DogWatch supporter. Read his testimonial on DogWatch products. In his book titled "Dog Tales", Ray outlines seven rules for dog ownership which he conveys to every client before working with them. These rules also form the foundation for our dog training system philosophy.
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.
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