F.A.Q.'s


Questions About Dog Guard®

Frequently Asked Questions
Below are links to Dog Guard’s most frequently asked questions. You may also want to check out our training tips. If you have a new question please feel free to contact us 

How does non-visible Pet Fencing work?
Isn’t it cruel to correct/shock my dog?
How does the dog training system work?
Can a dog on the Dog Guard system be taken out of the yard for a walk?
How do I know that the Dog Guard system is functioning properly?
Are Dog Guard batteries rechargeable?
What makes Dog Guard Pet Containment better than other systems?
Why should I buy a Dog Guard out of sight electronic dog fence?
What is the difference between electronic pet fencing systems?
Do electronic fences work on all pets?
How many pets can I have on this system?
What happens when there is a power failure?
How much does a system cost?

 

What is a Dog Guard Electronic Fence System?
DOG GUARD is an electronic dog fence system that is installed underground by burying a single wire as a complete loop along the entire perimeter of your property. This underground boundary can also include certain portions of your yard, such as a pool or garden. Your dog is safely contained within your yard, while not being allowed to trample your gardens or swim in your pool.

 

How does Dog Guard Pet Containment work?
First, a transmitter is installed in a convenient location, such as the garage or basement. Then, the wire loop is placed underground. The transmitter sends a harmless AM radio signal through the wire, which is picked up only by the receiver on the dog’s collar. When the dog nears the wire, the receiver in the pet’s collar picks up the signal and gives an audible warning and mild correction. The intensity of the correction will increase as the dog gets closer to the wire, ensuring they won’t leave the yard. Your dog will be trained, off-leash and enjoying the yard the same day we install.

 

Is it cruel to correct my dog all the time?
The correction has been thoroughly tested and proven to be harmless. It is a mild static pulsation, similar to a shock from a doorknob, yet unpleasant enough that the dog will quickly learn to avoid it. The whole purpose of a good pet containment system is to contain your pet without correcting him all the time. The DOG GUARD system along with the training your pet receives ensure that your pet learns the boundary and stays away from it. Most pets will never sustain more than two or three corrections. Remember the level of correction must be greater than the level of distraction.

 

How does the electronic dog training system work?
The new boundary is marked off with training flags, creating a visible perimeter for your pet. We then place your dog on a leash and walk it around the boundary. We will initially train it on a tone, the flags and a verbal command. This gives your pet the opportunity to understand the boundary without a correction/shock. Once they start to put it all together and understand their new area, we then start to increase the beep to a mild correction to read the dogs reaction. We have 32 levels of correction, the strongest on the market, but will set it just to the level needed to contain your dog. Most dogs get 2 mild corrections and then understand their new boundary. We will have the training completed when we leave your home. Your only responsibility is to spend time in the yard with them the first 2 days. This is a big change for them and they will need your reassurance and love.

If you have more than one pet, we will work with each dog individually.

 

Can I take my dog for a walk?
Yes, he can be taken outside of the yard, BUT we ask you to wait 1 week before you do to be sure he understands his new boundary and isn’t confused. At that point, you pretend as if there is a gate and take him out the same path, using the same words each time. The DOG GUARD receiver collar must be taken off before leaving the yard.

 

How do I know the Dog Guard system is functioning?
Our transmitter has three colored indicator lights. The red and green light should be on all the time, while the yellow light will only come on in the event of an electrical surge or lightning damage. If the wire is somehow severed, the loop light will go off and a warning beep will come from the unit. At that point, you just shut the power off and give us a call. Your dog will not know that the fence is off and probably won’t figure it out for quite some time.

 

Are Dog Guard batteries rechargeable?
They are not. Rechargeable batteries, while a good idea, do not suit the purpose of a good pet containment system. To be most effective, rechargeable batteries need to be totally drained before recharging. What do you do while the battery is recharging? How do you know when the battery is sufficiently drained? To save our customers from worrying about these questions, we offer a battery plan. Please email for pricing or to sign up for a maintenance plan.

 

What makes DOG GUARD better than any other system?
Better, of course, is always in the eye of the beholder. However, here are some facts you may want to consider when comparing our product with any other product on the market:

The DOG GUARD brand dog fence system comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. This time allows you to make sure your pet will be successful with this product. We do this to offer that “extra peace of mind” while your pet is in training.
The transmitter offers a lifetime warranty against power surges and lightning strikes.
The receiver is waterproof and comes with a lifetime warranty.
We use a 14 gauge solid steel/copper clad wire that is much more durable than our competitors.
The DG 9 XT receiver is the most powerful receiver on the market. If necessary, the correction can be reduced by more than 75%. Even with reduced correction, no other receiver comes close to the strength of the DG 9 XT.
Our NEW DG Micro Receiver is one of the smallest receiver units available. Weighing in at 2 oz., it is perfect for dogs 10 lb. and under, as well as cats! Don’t be fooled by its size, though. The DG Micro Receiver provides STRONG & DEPENDABLE CORRECTION, just like the DG 9 XT.
The transmitter is capable of enclosing up to 50 acres of property.
The system is user friendly, with indicator lights and range adjustment at your fingertips.
 

Why should I buy DOG GUARD?

Everyone at DOG GUARD, from the manufacturer to the dealers, has your pet’s safety in mind. From the moment you purchase a DOG GUARD pet containment system, you can rest assured that your dog is in good hands, from our knowledgeable dealers and trainers to our skilled technicians. From equipment support when you have questions about your system, to moral support when you just don’t know what to do with your pet, we will be with you every step of the way. If you love your dog and want to keep him safe and happy, DOG GUARD is for you.

 

What is the difference between your product DOG GUARD and what I can purchase at Wal-mart or PetSmart?
DOG GUARD offers a complete package and not a do it yourself kit. We come to your house and install the system and train your pet. We offer a much more extensive warranty on the equipment than you will find at most retail stores. The wire we use in the installation of your system is “underground rated” and made to last when buried under ground, where the store bought systems wire starts to break down and oxidize within 3 years.. Our equipment is flexible enough to contain the smallest and largest of pets without harming their dispositions. Our signals are “smart” so that pets are not corrected unnecessarily in areas of stray signals, such as near large metal objects like air conditioning units and satellite television receptors.

 

I have heard that some of these systems do not work on all pets. What should I be looking for?
You want a system that is backed by a manufacturer and installed by a dealer that can be contacted whenever there is a problem. Some pets are more resistant to the correction and additional steps may be necessary. In general, the amount of correction must be greater than the level of distraction. The correction is not harmful, but it must be effective enough so your pet learns to respect its boundaries. At Dog Guard of Iowa, we have NEVER had a dog we couldn’t contain.

 

How many pets can I have on this system?
The DOG GUARD System is flexible enough to handle any number of pets in an area as large as 50 acres.

 

What happens when there is a power failure?
You have the option to purchase a battery backup similar to what a home computer might use. This product will give your system hours of additional time until the power is restored. In general though, your dog will not be aware that the power is even off.

 

How much does a system cost?
DOG GUARD costs much less than traditional fencing, such as a vinyl fence, aluminum fence or chain link fence. More importantly, a DOG GUARD pet containment system has none of the maintenance and aesthetic problems. The final cost can vary, depending on the size of the property and the number of dogs on the system. However, every Dog Guard dealer works directly with the manufacturer, so there are no middleman costs, and the cost of your Dog Guard system may be lower than you think.
You can get an exact quote prior to deciding to have a system installed by calling your local Dog Guard Dealer. We will need to meet your pet and look at your yard so we cover all the variables in a written estimate that you will be given.

 

Any other questions?
Call or email us. We are happy to help you and your pet(s) get acquainted with Dog Guard

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