Owner`s Guide - Part 2 - DogWatch of New Hampshire

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Training
This section covers the phases necessary to teach your dog to remain within the designated boundary of your property by teaching you how to teach your dog, so it is
important that you understand each phase completely.
Your Dog’s Response To Stimulation
Stimulation has been a safe and effective part of dog training 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 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.
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
easily distract dog may require a short Phase 1, but longer Phase 2 or 3 sessions.
The better you know your dog, the easier the training will be for both of you!
Creating The Right Environment
Attitude and Consistency is Important!
1. Keep the training “light”. Use lots of praise. Keep the dog’s spirits high.
2. Use high happy tones for praise. Use low tones for negative commands.
3. Move around the boundary in the same direction.
4. Reinforce the boundary with commands. Use the commands “Watch Out!”
or “Careful” as you slap or shake the flags.
5. Limit the training session to no more than 20 minutes.Keep training consistent.
6. Keep your dog on the lead in the yard for five days.
7. If you are training more than one dog, train each dog separately.
8. Use naturally occurring distractions such as a neighbor or children.
9. Contact your DogWatch Dealer if you have any questions.
Remember!
Proper training is essential for successful containment. If you have any questions about the training 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.
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Boundary Wire
Avoidance Zone
Safety Zone
Figure 8.
How The DogWatch Hidden Fence Works:
Think of the property having two distinct zones:
1. SAFETY ZONE:
This is the area where the dog is free to play. (Figure 8.)
2. AVOIDANCE ZONE:
This is the signal field created by the boundary wire. When your dog crosses the
signal field, the receiver collar emits an audible warning followed by a correction.
When containment training is complete, your dog will remain in the Safety Zone.
Adjusting the Receiver Collar
Your DogWatch Dealer has installed your DogWatch Hidden Fence System, set the
transmitter and receiver to the training levels appropriate for your dog’s personality and
traits, and has placed boundary flags around the perimeter of your yard. Your Dealer
has already begun your dog’s first day of containment training. Now it is your turn to
continue the training.
Before you begin containment training with your dog, be sure to place the DogWatch
receiver collar on your dog’s neck before you go outside.
1. The collar should be worn snugly on the
dog’s neck. This is extremely important!
2. Place no more than one thumb width
between the contact post and dog’s neck.
3. When checking snugness of collar, the
dog’s neck should be facing down
(sniffing position) as this is where the
dog’s neck is the smallest. (Figure 9).
4. If the collar is too tight, the receiver unit
will stick out to the side when the dog
shakes his head.
Figure 9.
5. If the collar is too loose, the dog will not
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receive the intended correction when
he or she wanders into the Avoidance
Zone. (Figure 10.)
6. Remember to periodically check for irritation
around the dog’s neck.
7. DogWatch strongly recommends that the
collar be removed daily and when the dog
is inside the house.
Adjust
collar
strap
Figure 10.
Contact
Posts
must
touch
skin
Containment Training Reminders
Purpose: To teach your dog where the boundary
is and how to react to it.
1. Only a portion of the yard, the Avoidance
Zone, is to be avoided.
2. Playtime is very important!
Remember to reinforce the Safety Zone and
play with your dog before, during, and after
each training sessions. (Figure 11)
3. Never throw a ball or toy into the Avoidance
Zone during training.
Figure 11.
4. There are 6 phases of training. Your DogWatch Dealer will begin containment training on the audible “beep” tone, Level 1 or Level 2, depending on your dog’s breed
and personality. Your Dealer will work with you and your dog to insure you understand the training phases and at what phase you should continue training.
5. If you have questions about containment training, please contact your DogWatch
Dealer for assistance.
1
PHASE 1 (1-2 days)
Audible or “Beep” Training
During this phase, your DogWatch Dealer has turned off the Mode switch on the transmitter and correction rate on the receiver. Your dog will hear only an audible “beep”
tone and will not receive a correction during this phase.
1. Put the receiver collar on your dog 20 minutes before training. Your dog’s regular
collar should be positioned below the DogWatch collar.
2. Clip the green DogWatch training lead on his regular collar.
3. Take your dog outside and play with him in the Safety Zone for a few minutes.
4. Walk your dog around the perimeter of your yard, keeping inside the Safety Zone
and away (about 3 to 4 feet) from the training flags.
5. When you finish the walk, approach a training flag. Hold the dog by the leash in one
hand and slap or shake a flag with the other,warning the dog firmly (in a low stern
voice) “Watch out! or “Careful!” (Figure 12.) You can also use a friend or family member
to sit in the Avoidance Zone to slap or wave the flag as you approach the flags.
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6. Give a leash (tug) correction, and quickly
retreat into the Safety Zone. This creates a
sense of urgency to the retreat. It is not a
casual turn. Remember to use of lot of “Good
dog!” praise after you’ve retreated into the
Safety Zone.
7. Now walk your dog around the property allowing him to enter the Avoidance Zone between
the two flags.
8. When your dog enters the Avoidance Zone,
he will receive an audible “beep” warning.
Immediately yell, “Watch out!” and quickly tug
on the leash and direct him back into the
Safety Zone and praise (Figure 13.)
9. Repeat several times in different locations
(where flags are visible) and watch for
hesitation as you approach the flags.
Your dog may turn or shake his head when he
hears the beep.
Figure 12.
Figure 13.
Remember: Playtime is very important!
Praise and play with your dog in the Safety Zone
for a few minutes. Take your dog inside and
remove the DogWatch receiver collar after about
20 minutes. Train your dog in this manner for a
least two days before moving on to Phase 2.
2
PHASE 2 (2-5 days)
Introduction to Correction
1. Put the DogWatch receiver collar on your dog at least 20 minutes before going outside to train.
2. Clip on the green DogWatch training lead and take your dog outside and play a few
minutes in the Safety Zone.
3. Walk around the complete perimeter, remaining inside the Safety Zone. Pause a
few times along the way to slap a flag and yell, “Watch out!” or “Careful!”
4. Your dealer has set the receiver to the training level appropriate for your dog and
has helped you introduce your dog to correction. Phase Two will help reinforce your
dog’s new boundary and the consequences if he crosses the training flags. Select
a new location to teach your dog today. Allow your dog to walk into the Avoidance
Zone while saying the negative command. When your dog retreats out of the
Avoidance Zone after he hears the warning “beep”, praise him for a few minutes in
the Safety Zone. Select another location and repeat the exercise.
If your dog does not react to the correction, first check to be sure the contact posts
are touching the dog’s skin. If your dog still does not respond to the correction, con
tact your dealer.
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Remember:
Keep the training sessions to no longer than 20 minutes, once or twice a day.
5. After training, praise your dog and play with him in the Safety Zone for a few minutes, bring your dog into the house and remove the DogWatch collar after about 20
minutes.
Note: It is important not to remove the receiver collar immediately following the
training as you do not want your dog to associate the receiver collar with the correction.
3
PHASE 3 (2-5 days)
Figure 14.
Introduction to Distractions
1. Put the DogWatch receiver collar on your dog
at least 20 minutes before going outside.
2. Clip on the green DogWatch training lead and
take your dog outside and play a few minutes
in the Safety Zone.
3. Walk around the Safety Zone and have an
assistant (friend or family member)
appear outside the Safety Zone at least 10 to
15 feet back from the flags. Walk past your
assistant without speaking, but remain in the
Safety Zone.(Figure 14.)
4. If your dog approaches your assistant and enters the Avoidance Zone, allow your
dog to receive a correction. Yell, “Watch out!” and tug him back into the Safety
Zone.
5. Let your assistant leave, walk your dog around the perimeter again, and let your
assistant appear again. Your assistant can call out the dog’s name, but do not allow
your assistant to ask the dog to “Come”.
6. If your dog attempts to go over to your assistant, reinforce the flags and yell,
“Watch out!” Repeat the exercise for no more than a total of 20 minutes.
7. If your dog makes no attempt to go over to your assistant, reinforce the flags,
end the exercise and praise your dog in the Safety Zone.
8. Repeat the exercise for 2 to 5 days. Then move to Phase 4.
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PHASE 4 (2-5 days)
Introduction to Increased Distractions
1. Put the DogWatch receiver collar on your dog at least 20 minutes before going
outside to train.
2. Clip on the green DogWatch training lead to your dog’s regular collar and take him
outside. Play a few minutes in the Safety Zone.
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3. Reinforce the flags.
4. Introduce “real life” distractions to your dog. Have a friend drop by or start training
when the letter carrier or school bus is scheduled. Take extra care if you use a
vehicle as a distraction. (Figure 15.)
5. Keep the dog on leash when you first introduce the distraction. If your dog attempts to
run past the flags and receives a correction,
he should retreat to the Safety Zone.
Praise and play with your dog.
5. If your dog retreats to the Safety Zone, drop
the leash (but keep it within reach) and reintroduce the distraction. Praise and play.
6. If your dog is afraid to move, tug him back into
the Safety Zone. Continue to train
with distractions for 2 to 5 days.
Remember: Play and praise at the end of
each training session.
Figure 15.
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PHASE 5 (2-5 days)
Letting Your Dog Off The Leash
1. Put the DogWatch receiver collar on your dog at least 20 minutes before going
outside to train.
2. Clip on the green DogWatch training lead to your dog’s regular collar and take
him outside and play a few minutes in the Safety Zone. Remove the training
leash and let him run freely in the yard. Shake the flags to reinforce where his
boundary is.
3. Important: Your dog will expand his comfort level over a period of time. Your
dog should remain about 6 feet away from the flags when he is first let off the
leash. Gradually your dog’s safety zone will increase to his individual level of
comfort. Remove the flags, every other one, every other day.
What To Expect Off Leash
1. Your dog will run toward the flags, see them and stop.
2. Your dog will run into the system, hear the “beep” warning and retreat.
3. Your dog will run into the system, hear the “beep” warning, receive a correction,
and retreat.
4. In rare cases, your dog will run through the boundary.
- Retrieve the dog. Take off the receiver collar and walk him back into the yard.
- Bring the dog into the house and call your DogWatch Dealer. Additional flag
training or an increase in correction level is necessary. Your DogWatch dealer will
instruct you over the phone or meet with you and your dog for additional training.
Important: Do not punish the dog verbally for making errors. He’s still learning!
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6
PHASE 6 (2-5 days)
Taking Your Dog Outside The Boundary
Your dealer will recommend when it is time to take your dog across the boundary for a
walk. It is important to be consistent when taking your dog for a walk. Be sure to use
your dog’s regular collar and leash and go to and from your walk using the same “exit”
area. You can also pick up a small dog and carry him over the flagged boundary during the first weeks of training.
Training Tips
1. Never call your dog to “come” or give a recall command when you are outside
the flag line.
2. Never walk your dog through the flags during the training process.
3. Always reinforce the retreat concept by shaking the flag while saying “Watch out!”
and commanding “back-back-back-” when your dog receives an audible warning
or a correction during the training process.
4. Adjust the receiver collar, test the battery regularly, keep the contact posts clean.
5. After the training period, your dog may wear the receiver collar during the day,
but remove it at night. Check your dog’s neck area and make sure there is no
irritation.
6. Keep the training consistent: 15 to 20 minutes once or twice a day.
7. NEVER throw a stick or toy into the Avoidance Zone.
8. ALWAYS maintain a positive attitude when training your dog.
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Warranty Registration
Your Warranty Registration card must be complete for your warranty to be activated.
Fill out the enclosed Warranty Registration card and mail back to DogWatch within
seven (7) days. For your convenience, you can also complete your warranty registration online at www.dogwatch.com.
Manufacturer’s Warranty
1. WARRANTY: DogWatch Inc., subject to the terms and conditions set forth hereunder, hereby warrants
that it will repair or replace, at its own discretion, without charge for parts or labor, the Product or any part
thereof (other than insulated wire) which is found by DogWatch Inc. to be defective by reason of improper
workmanship and/or materials for the warranty period from the original date of sale hereunder. Warranty
claims may be subject to dealer service charges and/or manufacturer shipping and handling charges.
EXCEPT FOR THE EXPRESS WARRANTY STATED ABOVE, DOGWATCH INC. DISCLAIMS ALL
EXPRESS AND IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR
PURPOSE. As a condition of this warranty, Customer must (a) mail the warranty card provided with the
product to DogWatch Inc, 10 Michigan Drive, Natick, MA 01760, (800) 793-3436, or complete warranty registration on line at www.dogwatch.com, within seven (7) days after purchase hereunder, (b) notify
DogWatch Inc. within the warranty period after the purchase hereunder of a claimed defect, and (c) mail
product back, insurance and postage prepaid, to DogWatch Inc. at the address above. DOGWATCH INC.’S
SOLE LIABILITY UNDER THIS WARRANTY WILL BE TO REPAIR OR REPLACE, AT ITS OPTION, ANY
PRODUCT OR PART WHICH DOGWATCH INC. DETERMINES TO BE DEFECTIVE. IN NO EVENT WILL
DOGWATCH INC. BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INDIRECT, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF THE PURCHASE OR USE OF THE PRODUCT. IN NO EVENT SHALL DOGWATCH INC.’S
LIABILITY EXCEED THE PURCHASE PRICE OF THE PRODUCT.
DOGWATCH PRODUCT WARRANTY
TRANSMITTER Manufacturer Dealer-Installed*
Performance Series
System 1200
I-50 Indoor System
3 Years
3 Years
2 Years
Lifetime
Lifetime
2 Years
RECEIVER
Manufacturer
Performance Series R7 & R8 Lifetime†
System 1200
Lifetime†
† Includes dog chews
2. *DEALER-INSTALLED WARRANTY: Any Performance Series or System 1200 transmitter installed by
an authorized dealer, equipped with a DogWatch Lightning Surge Protector and grounded to Dogwatch Inc.
specifications, will be warrantied for as long as the original owner owns the system. For this additional coverage to be in effect, the installing Dealer and Customer must sign the Customer Order Form and forward
it to DogWatch within seven (7) days of purchase.
3. INSTALLATION AND MAINTENANCE: Dealer shall, for a non-refundable installation fee, install the
Product in accordance with DogWatch Inc.’s installation manual. In no event shall Dealer or DogWatch Inc.
be responsible for damage to underground pipes, wires, lines, or other items, nor shall Dealer or DogWatch
Inc. be responsible for restoring Customer’s premises to its original condition.
4. WARNING: YOU MUST TRAIN YOUR DOG IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE TRAINING MANUAL FOR
THIS SYSTEM TO BE EFFECTIVE. THE SYSTEM IS NOT INTENDED FOR USE WITH DOGS WITH A
HISTORY OF AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR. BY SIGNING THE DEALER ORDER FORM, CUSTOMER
ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THEIR DOG(S) HAVE NO SUCH HISTORY. THE PRODUCT WILL NOT KEEP
ALL DOGS WITHIN THE FENCED PREMISES IN ALL INSTANCES. IF CUSTOMER’S DOG(S) COULD
CAUSE HARM TO ITSELF OR OTHERS INSIDE OR OUTSIDE THE FENCED PREMISES, CUSTOMER
SHOULD TAKE ADDITIONAL MEASURES TO RESTRAIN THE DOG(S).
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Replacement Batteries and Collars
For replacement batteries and nylon collars, contact your Authorized DogWatch
Dealer. Visit our web site at www.dogwatch.com - click on “Locate a Dealer”.
* * * IMPORTANT * * *
The use of any battery other than a battery authorized by DogWatch Inc. can
cause erratic operation of the Receiver or could cause permanent damage.
The use of any unauthorized battery will void the warranty on the receiver.
Your Authorized DogWatch Dealer:
Phone Number:
If your dealer’s information is not listed above, please contact Customer
Service at 800-793-3436, x622 or visit the DogWatch Web Site at:
www.dogwatch.com and click on “Locate a Dealer.”
DogWatch products are protected under U.S. Patent Nos.:
5,353,744; 6,079,367; 6,467,435; 6,360,698; 6,575,120; 5,465,687 and D,491,4815.
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
DogWatch products are manufactured and maintained under ISO:9001:2000
to guarantee highest quality standard.
DogWatch, the DogWatch logo, and SafeLink are registered trademarks of DogWatch Inc.
Performance Series, PowerPak, AutoMemory, Pet Friendly, and
Surrounding Pets With Freedom Since 1990
are trademarks of DogWatch Inc.
295001 Rev. B 10-05-5
© 2005 Printed in USA. All rights reserved.
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SYSTEM MAINTENANCE RECORD
R7 - 6 MONTH BATTERY
R8 - 2 YEAR BATTERY
R7 Batteries must be replaced every 6 months.
Replacement battery: 3.0 Volt 1/3 N Lithium.
R8 Batteries must be replaced every 24 months.
Replacement battery: 3.6 Volt Lithium.
TRANSMITTER SETTINGS
RATE
RANGE
RECEIVER SETTINGS
DOG 1
SETTING
DOG 2
SETTING
DOG 3
SETTING
DOG 4
SETTING
DOG 5
SETTING
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Your Authorized DogWatch Dealer
Name
Phone No.
DogWatch, the DogWatch logo, and SafeLink are registered trademarks of DogWatch Inc.
Performance Series, PowerPak, AutoMemory, Pet Friendly, and
Surrounding Pets With Freedom Since 1990
are trademarks of DogWatch Inc.
DogWatch products are protected under U.S. Patent Nos.:
5,353,744; 6,079,367; 6,467,435; 6,360,698; 6,575,120; 5,465,687 and D,491,4815. 09/05 5K
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
DogWatch products are manufactured and maintained under ISO:9001:2000
to guarantee highest quality standard.
©2005 Printed in USA. All rights reserved. 295001 Rev. B 10-05-5
®
®
DogWatch Inc.
10 Michigan Drive • Natick • MA • 01760
www.dogwatch.com • 800-793-3436
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