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A Best Buy in Pet-Containment Systems
DogWatch Hidden Fence
  • MSRP: $599; Best Price: $1,200 installed
DogWatch Hidden Fence


[P] The DogWatch system, which must be installed professionally, includes a combination of high-end features at a price that’s at least $100 less than comparable systems. Its 1.07-ounce collar (including battery) makes the system suitable for dogs that weigh as little as 3 pounds. The system can be installed with either 14- or 16-gauge wire, which experts agree provides a more secure boundary than thinner 18- or 20-gauge (by far, the most common) wire. By modifying the rate of application of and the mode of seven different levels of static correction, you can fine-tune the correction of your dog to one of 20 levels, which is by far the most of any system that we found. We also like the system’s AutoMemory feature, which automatically adjusts the receiver’s correction level if your pet challenges the boundary, and the TattleTale feature, which lets you know whether your pet challenged the boundary.

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Note:  For purposes of this presentation, details provided apply to model named above photo area and not necessarily to models occasionally mentioned as being “also a Best Buy.”

Best Buys in underground pet-containment systems were selected based on features, warranty and the company’s reputation for quality.

Automatic shut-off refers to an underground pet-containment system’s capability to automatically stop triggering static correction if the animal lingers in the correction zone. This ensures that you avoid unnecessary correction and unnecessary drain on the system collar’s battery. The amount of time varies before automatic shut-off mode is engaged. For Best Buy selections, this duration is noted.

Progressive correction is a function of an underground pet-containment system that progressively intensifies the correction of a dog based on the animal’s distance from your boundary and the speed at which the animal is approaching the boundary.

Best Price is a reflection of the lowest retail price that was available at press time and is subject to change.

Best Buy Categories: [P] = Premium selection; [M] = Midrange selection; [E] = Economy selection