Protect Your Pet Without Spoiling the Aesthetics of Your Property

Most of us take pride in the appearance of our homes and yards. We spend a lot of time and money ensuring that the home looks pleasing and that it’s a safe and attractive environment for our families, friends, and neighbors. 

At the same time, a majority of Americans are pet owners. Pets can be hard on yards: they can dig grass and gardens, wear out the lawn and chew furnishings and fixtures. So how do you keep your pet happy and safe while maintaining the beauty of your yard? 

Provide Your Dog with Freedom to Roam

Many people fence off small parts of their yard to contain their dogs, or they tie their dogs on a leash in the yard. While this approach certainly works, it won’t do much for your yard. When dogs are contained to a small area, the grass will quickly wear out, particularly if the dog likes to dig in the same spot. In addition, a dog that has too few chances to roam – as is the case when it’s confined to a small area – will often double down on the digging. 

By installing a hidden dog fence around the entirety of the yard, the dog has more freedom to roam, and won’t make one area of the yard unsightly. The fence will protect the dog from getting lost or getting on the road. 

Consider Hidden Fencing

One drawback to a physical fence is that it’s not very attractive and may block your view of the neighborhood from your yard. Installing a physical fence is also an expensive prospect. Homeowners who want the peace of mind that comes with a fence but not a barrier may wish to consider invisible “smart” fence technology. Hidden fences keep your pets safe and are safe for the animal. Another benefit is that these barriers are less expensive and more reliable than traditional fences and have safety and convenience features not found in typical dog fences.

A New Generation of Hidden Fences

If your last experience with hidden fences was years or decades ago, it’s important to know that technology has changed for the better. Some of today’s hidden fence systems combine FM radio technology and new mobile connectivity features to not only keep the dog contained, but also let you know where the dog is and what the status of the fence is (i.e., if the transmitter is running low on battery, or if a boundary wire is disconnected or broken). The system can even monitor your pet’s daily, weekly, and monthly activity levels, and send alerts not only to you but family members, dog sitters, neighbors, or anyone else who needs to know. 

DogWatch of Western Mass is committed to providing the safest, most effective electronic pet fences on the market. DogWatch has proudly served the Pioneer Valley and surrounding areas since 1990 and belongs to the international DogWatch Dealer Network. We are committed, trained professionals offering years of experience in installation, training, and customer service. Being locally owned, we have a vested interest to keep our customers – and their pets — happy!

 

Security & Safety For Dogs The Family Can Count On

There’s nothing worse than having to leave your pet at home alone if they’ve either never had to be alone previously or if they are having other issues and you’re unsure what they’ll get into while you’re away. These are just some of the many reasons why a family might choose to use a Hidden Dog Fence in and outside of their homes.

Having a secure, safe boundary set for your pet when you away give you peace of mind and keeps them from harm. Here are a few of the ways DogWatch Hidden Fences can help you and your pet enjoy your days a little better.

DogWatch Is A Great Option For Many Families

Hidden dog fences are a great option for many families. They’re safe and effective, providing peace of mind to the folks who love their four-legged friends. It’s easy to use and set up your system and train your dog to stay within the boundaries you’ve set. 

Indoors, it is one of the safest and most effective ways to keep your dog contained while you’re away. It creates an invisible boundary around your home with radio frequencies that are harmless but keep your pet from going past the boundary line. A wireless transmitter sends out signals so that even if your pet tries to escape, he’ll receive his warning to your pup’s receiver collar from within the safe zone.

The receiver collar vibrates or beeps when it senses the signal from the transmitter, which warns your pet that he or she is nearing or crossing over an invisible boundary line. 

Outdoors, can also make it easy to give your dog the space and time they need to roam about and discover and get out their energy without having to use a leash or chase behind them the entire time. They get freedom and so do you – without sacrificing safety or your flower beds!

This can be a lifesaver for people who want to protect their pets, but do not have the time or resources to build an expansive dog run or hire a sitter while they’re away. 

If you are looking for a safe and effective way to keep your dog contained, then a hidden dog fence from DogWatch of Western MA is a great option. Get peace of mind for everyone in the family, including your pet!  

How To Keep Your Dog From Digging Up Your Vegetable Garden

Whether you have a big garden or just a small herb patch, it can be annoying when your dog digs up your precious plants. Here are several ways you can keep your pup out of the dirt while still keeping them happy and healthy.

Train your dog to stay out of the garden.

If your dog enjoys digging, you may want to train him not to dig up your vegetable garden. You should start by using a leash when you’re training your dog so he knows the areas to stay in and avoid. When the dog starts digging in the garden, you can then gently pull back on his leash while saying “No Digging.” Repeat this until he stops digging and looks at you. Then reward him with praise and a treat. You can use things like a whistle or other sound to make it easier for your pet to understand.

Build a barrier around your garden.

The best way to keep your dog from getting into your plants is to create a boundary around your garden. But instead of using chicken wire, wood, or stone to create a physical barrier and block the view, consider DogWatch hidden, invisible fence system. This will allow you to set-up boundaries around those areas (like the garden) that your dog should not be in.

The way it works is your pet wears a lightweight, waterproof receiver collar that emits a warning signal when they approach the garden and areas outside of the boundaries you’ve established.

There are ways to keep dogs from digging

If you’re having trouble with a dog digging up your vegetable garden, there are plenty of ways to keep them out. The most important thing is to start by training your dog not to dig. You can do this by giving them their own space in the yard where they can go run around and be active.

Here are some additional things you can do to discourage your dog from digging up the lawn:

1. Use treats. If you’re trying to train your dog not to dig in your yard, try using treats as a reward for good behavior. This will help train him that digging is only allowed when he’s given permission.

2. Give them something else to do. If you want to keep your dog from digging up your yard, give them other things to do instead of digging holes (like chewing on bones or playing fetch). You can also use a kong toy filled with peanut butter or cheese as an alternative source of entertainment for your pup.

3. Make sure he has enough room outside for exercise and playtime! If your dog has plenty of space to run around outside without ruining his environment, then he won’t feel like he needs to dig up the lawn in order to get some exercise!

Even if you don’t have a particularly fancy yard but still want some outdoor space for your dog, consider giving DogWatch of Western Mass a call today!

Do Dog Fences Work for Cats?

Hidden fences are popular tools that dog owners use to keep their pets out of danger. Many people don’t realize that hidden fences also work for cats. In fact, cats are the second most common type of animal trained to use DogWatch’s hidden fences.

How a Hidden Fence Can Keep Your Cat Safe

Installing a hidden fence can give your cat the freedom to play and explore outdoors while keeping it away from vehicles, your neighbor’s dog, and other hazards. You’ll be able to let your cat outside without having to worry, knowing that it will be limited to an area that’s safe.

You can make the zone where your cat can go as large or as small as you would like. You might want to give your cat free rein in the yard, or you might want to make some places, such as your garden, off-limits. 

How We Can Teach Your Cat to Stay in the Yard

An underground wire sends a signal to a receiver on a collar that a pet wears. If the animal gets too close to the boundary, it receives a warning signal from the collar. The pet then learns to stay within its designated area.

Cats and dogs learn in different ways, so training techniques have to be modified when working with cats. At first, cats are trained indoors. Once a cat starts to get comfortable with the system, the outdoor fence is activated. Some cats need visual markers showing the location of a boundary longer than dogs do.

DogWatch Massachusetts offers collars and receivers that are small and lightweight so that cats of all sizes can wear them comfortably. We also offer GentleFit™ Contact Posts that minimize friction and make collars more comfortable for cats to wear.

Protect Your Cat with a Hidden Fence

If your cat yearns to play outside and enjoy nature, but you’re worried that it might get hurt, a hidden fence is the solution. You’ll be able to give your cat the freedom it wants and needs while keeping it safe. 

The team at DogWatch Massachusetts can work with you to figure out the best place to set up a boundary and guide you and your cat through the training process. In a short amount of time, your cat will learn where it’s free to play and get used to its new collar.

Contact us today to learn more about our hidden fence systems and to get an estimate.

Tips For Hiring A Dog Trainer

Your dog is your best friend, and you want to make sure that he or she has the best life possible. One way to do that is through obedience training. Obedience training can help improve your dog’s behavior, as well as strengthen your bond with him or her. Did you know that dogs can also benefit from perimeter training? If you have an underground hidden fence and other pet boundary systems set up this training will help your pet to better understand the new limits and obey them with ease. 

Hiring the right trainer can be difficult though if you’re not sure what you should look for. We’ve put together some tips on how to find a good trainer for your dog so that both of you can enjoy the experience!

Check for recommendations

When it comes to hiring a dog trainer, you want someone who’ll bring out the best in your pup. To find a good match, ask around and check online reviews. If you have friends or family with pets, ask them for recommendations. Your vet might be able to point you in the right direction as well. To help narrow down your search, look for certifications and licenses—these are signs of expertise.

Establish a budget

Before you begin the search for a dog trainer, it’s important to consider your budget. Think about how much you are willing to spend on training and what type of payment options are available. If there is money in your budget for training, great! But don’t be afraid to ask if there are any discounts available or if the trainer would be willing to work with you.

Ask about class options and times

Once you’ve found a few trainers that meet your criteria, it’s time to start vetting them further. A good place to start is by asking about class options and times. While there are a number of factors that go into deciding which trainer is right for you, this can be helpful in narrowing down who’s worth talking to further. Asking about their experience, qualifications, training methods and approach will also help you get a sense of what type of relationship they’d have with your dog.

Interview the trainer

Interviewing the trainer is an important step in making sure you’re working with someone who understands your dog, and your goals and is able to bring them together. Here are some things to ask:

  • Ask about their experience. If you have a very young puppy, for example, you may want to hire a trainer who works with puppies specifically (some trainers don’t). And if your dog has behavioral issues that need addressing, make sure the trainer has experience in dealing with those sorts of behaviors. It’s also helpful to ask how long they’ve been training dogs professionally—the more experience they have as a professional trainer, the more likely it is that they know what they’re doing.
  • Ask about their training style and philosophy. Do they use positive reinforcement only? Are they opposed to shock collars? How do they feel about clicker training or clicker-based methods? What sort of time frames do they work within (most trainers will train in sessions lasting anywhere from 15 minutes up to an hour)? What kind of proof will show whether the techniques are effective (i.e., client testimonials)? A good place for this information might be on a website or social media page for the business—just track down where all these details can be found before conducting an interview so there won’t be any delays later on!

With the right trainer and training methods, you can get your pet on the right track in no time!  We offer professional perimeter training services with a member of our team. In only a few training sessions your pet can learn voice commands and visual flags.

5 Dog Training Tips to Improve Your Relationship with Your Dog

If you have a dog, you know all about the joys of having them around. They’re loyal, loving, and playful—but they aren’t always easy to train. It can be tempting to try to use harsh methods like shouting at your dog in order to get them to obey commands or do tricks (or even just stop doing things that annoy you). But as it turns out, there are much better ways of training dogs than yelling at them or hitting them with a newspaper!

So what should we be doing instead? First off: keep training sessions short and sweet! Dogs learn best by repetition (and this includes bad behaviors as well as good ones). Breaking down each new lesson into smaller steps will help both parties stay focused on the task at hand. Once these lessons are mastered one by one, they’ll come together organically until you finally achieve your ultimate goal—a happy pup who knows how he’s supposed to behave!

Keep the training sessions short.

The best way to keep training sessions short and fun is to make sure the dog is engaged and having a good time. If you notice them getting bored or frustrated, take a break for a few minutes before continuing the session.

Use dog-friendly language.

When your dog does something good, praise him. When you want to tell him to stop doing something, say “No” in a calm, quiet tone of voice. Choose words that mean the same thing to both of you—you can’t use the same word for one command and then use another word for the same command.

For example: If you call your dog over to you and he doesn’t come, don’t yell out his name in frustration or walk over to pull his collar from behind; instead, try calling him again with less excitement in your voice and more patience.

Keep training sessions positive.

Positive reinforcement is the most effective way to train your dog, and it’s also a great way to communicate with your pooch. When you use positive reinforcement, you are rewarding your dog for doing something right. You can do this in many ways: by giving him treats or petting him, playing fetch with his favorite toy, or by offering a belly rub after he’s done what you asked him to do. Your dog will learn that when he follows directions he gets rewarded—and this makes him more likely to listen next time around! Positive reinforcement also helps build a strong relationship between you and your pup because it builds trust between the two of you; if your dog knows that whenever he does something good for you he’ll get attention from his human family members then it’s going make him want to keep those behaviors up!

Treats should not be the only kind of reward you use to train a dog.

Food is not the only way to reward a dog. You should not just be using food as positive reinforcement during training. Dogs respond well to attention, praise and playtime, too. Don’t forget that affection can be a rewarding experience for both you and your dog!

Remember, training your dog is a process that takes time and patience. It’s important to be consistent in your training, be patient, and not get frustrated with your dog if he doesn’t do something the first time you ask him. You also need to learn how to read his body language so that you can reward him for good behavior.

We hope that we have been able to help you become a better dog owner and trainer. If you take these tips to heart, you can create a stronger, happier relationship with your dog. Remember that training does not just benefit your dog; it also improves the bond between the two of you.

 

Keeping Your Dog Safe on Halloween

Keeping your dog safe during the Halloween season is a top priority. Even if it’s a fun time for kids to dress up and get candy, it’s also a time for your dog to be extra careful. With all of the costumed people out in the streets, it can be hard for your dog to know who is real and who isn’t and what’s actually going on. The last thing you want is for them to feel like someone they don’t know is approaching and get nervous or aggressive.

Still, there are plenty of ways to celebrate safely with your pet! We’ve compiled some tips for keeping your dog safe on Halloween. 

Halloween Safety Tips for Dogs

If you’re going trick-or-treating with your dog, keep him on a leash at all times. Also, make sure your dog has an ID tag with his or her name and phone number on it. You should never let your dog roam loose – especially not on this night as they could be hit by cars or cause accidental harm to others. If your dog becomes lost, having the information on their collar, will help locate him or her quickly. 

If you plan to get dressed up in costume, don’t make your dog also get dressed up if they’re showing signs that they don’t want to. And don’t dress them up in costumes that could get caught on something or make them hard to see in the dark.

Don’t forget that dogs are sensitive to noise, which means that all of the trick-or-treaters ringing doorbells and knocking on doors will cause a lot of barking and howling. If you live in an area where people dress up in costumes—or if your neighbors do—you may find yourself with very confused pooches who are trying desperately to figure out why the mailman looks like Darth Vader. You can help your dog relax by keeping him inside until after dark or making sure he has plenty of chew toys so he doesn’t eat the decorations you have hanging around your house (which could be dangerous).

Chocolate is toxic to dogs. It can cause vomiting and diarrhea, as well as other serious problems like seizures, kidney failure, and death. It’s best to just keep them away from the candy and leave it for the kids and adults.

Halloween decorations are also a fun part of the holiday but they can also be a giant hazard. Keep wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations out of reach. If chewed, your pet could experience damage to his mouth from shards of glass or plastic, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.

Dogwatch pet containment systems keep your pup within the safe boundaries you set indoors and outside. Get peace of mind and quietly, effectively, and hidden from view. 

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Positive Reinforcement Training Ideas for your Dog

It’s important to remember that positive reinforcement is the best way to train your dog. It’s not a quick fix, but it will help you build a strong bond with your pet and teach them the habits and behaviors you want them to have in order to have a successful bond and relationship. 

Positive reinforcement is any type of reward that your dog associates with good behavior. The reward should be something that the dog values, like a treat, accolades, or toy. 

This type of training is the best way to train your dog as it’s gentle, and effective and will teach your pup the behaviors you want them to have.

Here are some ideas on how to get started with positive reinforcement training:

Make sure that you have your dog’s attention before giving them any commands or corrections. The first step is to listen. This can be achieved by using a treat or toy as a reward for good behavior each time they listen when you call their name. 

Don’t hover over your dog during training sessions. If you’re too close or standing over him, it may make him feel uncomfortable or threatened, which could cause him to act out or resist learning new behaviors altogether. Instead, try sitting by his side while he practices the behavior you’re coaching him on; this will help reinforce that he needs to listen because YOU are there watching over him.

If your dog does something wrong, don’t punish them—just tell them what they did wrong and show them how to do it right. For example, if they jump up on someone and knock them over, tell them “no” in an assertive tone then show them how they should sit instead of jumping up on people when they greet each other (by having the person sit down first).

Don’t leave any room for confusion when it comes to training because this will only lead to frustration on both sides of the equation; this means being consistent with everything from where you keep treats/toys/etc so that they know exactly where they’ll find them when they need something!

Be sure to give your dog lots of attention or a treat when they are doing something right – even if it’s just sitting quietly while you watch TV or read a book! Or if while you’re out in public and they heel well or sit calmly next to you at an intersection or other busy area – let them know it’s a job well done.

7 Important Dog Training Tips

There are many different ways to train your dog. If you have a puppy, you’ll need to be patient and consistent while he learns the ropes and while it could be slightly easier for some older dogs to get it, that doesn’t mean there won’t be some hurdles to overcome. In both cases though, love and mutual respect for your dog is the most important tool when it comes to training them. 

Here are some tips for effectively training your dog. 

Tip #1: The dog must respect you.

When it comes to training your dog, you must be the alpha and the one in charge. This is an important concept for anyone who owns a dog and wants to have their pet follow their commands. The relationship between you and your dog must be based on respect, which cannot be forced upon them—it must be earned through leadership.

If you want your dog to listen when you tell him or her something, they must respect you as a leader first. A lot of people are tempted by positive reinforcement methods when training dogs because they feel like this will make things easier; however, if there is no sense of authority or respect in place between owner and pet then these methods won’t work very well at all because neither party will feel confident with the relationships between them.

Tip #2: Speak directly to the dog in a confident, sweet tone.

When you sit down with the dog, talk sweetly to him in a calm voice. Remember to use your dog’s name at the beginning of each sentence and speak in a high-pitched tone that encourages listening. It’s important that you keep talking until he sits down, but it’s also very important not to make eye contact with him while he’s still standing. If his eyes are on yours, then he will know this is an invitation for playtime or other attention and may not want to listen as well as possible when sitting down!

Tip #3: Teach your dog his name first.

Dogs should be taught their name first, even before other commands. A dog should respond to his or her own name and not someone else’s. If you train your dog with this in mind, it will be easier for you to get your dog’s attention when needed.

Tip #4: Be very patient.

Be patient. Your dog is new to this and needs time to learn. Be patient when teaching your dog new things and as they are learning to obey. If it takes 10 minutes for your dog to sit on command or walk on leash without pulling then that’s fine! Just keep at it until they get the hang of it.

Tip #5: Be mindful of what your dog is feeling

As you are working on training your dog you should also be aware of the dog’s body language. If the dog is showing signs of stress, stop the training session for a break. If the dog is showing signs of aggression, stop the training session and if the dog is showing signs of fear you will not get very fair in training and should attempt it at another time.

Tip #6: Reward with treats, praise and love.

Dogs make mistakes—even the best-trained dog will occasionally have an accident or get into something they shouldn’t. When this happens, it’s important not to punish your dog for their mistake. Punishment is not the way to train a dog. When you punish your dog for making a mistake, you are essentially telling them that it is unsafe to trust themselves or others because if they make mistakes, there will be consequences (namely hurt feelings) from their mistakes. This can lead to other problems down the road such as aggression issues if your dog feels threatened enough by something else happening around them.

Instead, use it as a teaching moment and correct them immediately after the mistake has happened with a verbal command that tells them what’s wrong. Then reward them with praise and treats (if appropriate). This will help them learn from their mistakes so that they can avoid making it again in the future. The most effective way to do this is by rewarding your dog immediately after they’ve done something correctly with praise or petting (depending on their preference). The more often you do this type of training, the faster your dog will learn!

Tip #7: Love is the most important tool in training your dog.

Love is the most important tool in training your dog. Yes, you read that right: love is the best reward for your dog. When you’re playing with your pup, use positive reinforcement to encourage him to do what you want him to do. Let’s say he’s doing something naughty like chewing on your couch; if he stops after being scolded and given a stern look by his owner, praise him lavishly! This will encourage him not only to stop chewing on things but also to repeat behaviors that earn praise from his owners. Some people may think this method is too simple or even “icky,” but there’s no denying it works wonders when paired with other methods of behavior modification such as shock collars and punishment-based training (which I vehemently oppose).

The most important thing to remember when training your dog is that you need to love him and be patient. You can’t get frustrated if he doesn’t understand something right away, because that just means he needs more time with you in order for him to learn. 

Dog Training Treat Options

While treats are a great way to reward your dog and to help when teaching them commands and actions, you’ll want to make sure that they’re healthy and safe as well. While some treats can be made using human food (like peanut butter or bananas), other options are specially designed to meet the needs of dogs. Here are some popular dog treat ingredients that you can use as rewards for training or just because!

Freeze-dried meat treats

Freeze-dried meat treats are a great choice for training your dog. They’re high in protein, low in calories and have a long shelf life. The best part? Freeze-dried treats are extremely affordable.

The trick to finding the best quality freeze-dried treats is to look for freeze-dried meat that’s made in the USA or Canada with no preservatives added. You’ll also want to check the expiration date on any package you buy! The longer you can keep these treats around before they go bad, the better!

Freeze-dried meats come in all shapes and sizes (just like real meats!) but some of our favorites include: beef liver, chicken breast and turkey hearts. We love these three because they’re not only tasty but they also contain various nutrients that may help promote healthy skin and coat health.

Fresh fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are nutritious, healthy treats that can be used in place of regular dog food for training purposes. If your dog has bad breath, try giving them a piece of fruit or vegetable to chew on instead of a treat that is full of sugar. Be cautious however as there is a long list of unacceptable and even deadly fruits (like grapes) that you’ll want to avoid.

The best part about using fresh fruits and vegetables as training treats is the fact that they are usually easy to find at local grocery stores, farmers markets or even community gardens if you have one nearby! Some people like to use their own garden produce but make sure they wash it very well before you give it to your pup.

Regular dog food

Regular dog food is not the only option, but it’s an important one. As with most things, moderation is key: too much and you’ll end up with an overweight dog that lacks proper nutrition; too little and your pooch will be underweight, weak and have a harder time learning new skills. Dog food should also be varied so that your pet gets all the nutrients they need from different sources (meat protein instead of carbs, for example).

Treats that aren’t food!

Consider non-food options as treats as well. Things like toys, balls, and other objects can be used as rewards for good behavior and to reward the dog for good training. Treats that aren’t food are great because they get the dog’s mind off of food and onto something else entirely!

Keep in mind, you should never use food as a reward for bad behavior or as a bribe to get your dog to do what you want them to do. In order for them to work as rewards, treats should be given at the right time and in the right amount. It’s important not only that your dog likes the treat but also that he knows what behavior it’s associated with so that he’ll continue doing it when he needs another one later on—for example, coming when called or sitting nicely when asked by guests who might be afraid of big dogs.

If you have a dog that is difficult to train, try using small treats as rewards during training sessions.