DogWatch Hidden Fences of Columbus
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We are the best in pet containment and customer service. DogWatch's Hidden Fences are the most advanced pet containment systems available for the safety of your dog or cat. Your pet is an important part of your family, and with our underground fence systems, you will have the confidence and peace of mind about the safety of your pet. Veterinarian professionals and pet trainers all over the world own and recommend our DogWatch Hidden Fence systems. Our pet containment systems have been consistently awarded a Consumer's Digest Best Buy. Pat and Emily West, owners of DogWatch of Columbus, have over 20 years of experience in the pet containment industry and will install your hidden dog fence and train your pet to know and respect his boundary. From installation to training, you can count on their superior customer service. You will always deal with people who care about you and your pet. DogWatch Hidden Fences stands out from other dog-fence brands. Our lifetime warranties, two-year battery life, and exclusive safety features are not found in other pet containment systems. DogWatch's patented SafeLink FM digital radio signal protects your pet from unintentional corrections. AutoMemory constantly monitors your pet's receiver, and FastReact helps to keep your pet safe. We are the premier electronic dog fence provider in the pet containment industry. We offer the following products: * R9 Receivers * R7m Receivers * Performance Series Transmitter * Big Leash Remote Trainer * DogWatch Hidden Fences * I-50 Indoor Units * Batteries * Training Flags * Dog Collars * Dog Leashes We offer the following services: * Outdoor Pet Containment * Indoor Boundaries * Training * Servicing All Brands of Hidden Fences
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- What types of customers have you worked with?Our most common service is installing a DogWatch Hidden Fence and training our customers dogs to stay in their yard. Another service we offer is hidden fence repair. If someone has cut their wire we have equipment to find and repair it. DogWatch Hidden Fences of Columbus will do this for anyone with any brand of pet containment system.
- What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?We hear often that the underground fence is "one of the best investments" our customers have ever made (don't believe me, check out our testimonials page). But now the tricky part begins. How to choose what type of system and who to install it for you? Obviously we hope you choose us, but we recognize there are other options out there. Here's are attempt to give you a list of questions you should definitely ask of any company that comes out for an estimate or when comparing store bought brands. What is the warranty policy on the equipment? Your best (and in our mind only) answer to this question is a lifetime warranty that absolutely must include dog chews. The collar that your dog wears will take a beating everyday. It will be exposed to all elements, lots of dirt and everyday use. Over time, it is possible that something will happen to the collar, so don't you want to be able to make a phone call for a new one? So that's the second part of this answer - make sure warranty returns are easy and painless to accomplish. Another question regarding the warranty. Is it a national warranty program or will the warranties be voided when you move? Battery Questions are Threefold. First question, what is the expected battery life? The longer the better for your dog's safety, for your convenience, and for substantial cost savings. Our batteries last 2 years, by the way. Second question, are your batteries rechargeable? While at first this may seem the best option, rechargeable batteries should only be charged when the collar is completely dead. It is absolutely unsafe to take the chance of having having your dog run free on an extremely low battery. In addition, what is the procedure for replacing the rechargeable battery once it no longer charging? Third question, are your batteries proprietary? If you can only purchase batteries through one source, you may want to rethink that decision. Remember, competition keeps companies honest. Safety Features (Beware of smoke and mirrors) There are some features of a fence that are important and others that just try to look important that really don't matter. In our opinion, here are the questions to ask that are truly relevant to your purchase. Does your system run on a time delay, is it distance based or just give an immediate shock plus hang on time? ÃÂA time delay means that a certain amount of time will pass before the dog receives a correction, which is bad if the dog is running fast at the wire. ÃÂDistanced based means that there is an audible warning and if the dog is going slow, they have time to turn around before receiving a correction; however, if the dog is going fast at the wire, correction will begin immediately giving them a chance to u-turn back into the yard. This is the type we have. ÃÂImmediate shock plus hang on time basically means the dog has no warning before they get a shock and may continue to receive a correction even if they head back into the yard (which could cause confusion over "safe" areas). What kind of Surge Protection does your system offer? This question is important because you are going to have a copper wire buried around the perimeter of your house attached to your garage or sun room. If lightning were to strike your yard, it COULD follow the wire into your house. Surge protection helps to keep it outside of your house, so you are obviously looking for both internal and external surge and lightning protection. We offer this as well. Do your collars have a battery indicator light? This simple little light just lets you know if the battery in the collar is okay or if it needs replaced. A small addition to the equipment that provides big time peace of mind. Is your equipment customer adjustable? You are looking for a "yes" answer on this one. Occasionally the system may need a bit of tweaking and what is more frustrating than paying a service call ($80 - $125) for someone to come out and be there for a total of two minutes. Make sure you can adjust your own equipment and see what support they offer for over-the-phone or internet assistance. If they do say "yes" ask them for a demo right there at the estimate. The salesperson should bring all the equipment with him to the estimate so you know what you're buying. Ask if you can do the adjustment yourself to see if you're comfortable with the procedure. Are you a local company or a corporate company? This answer is basically your preference. Some people prefer big business and other people prefer supporting local. Regardless, you want to ask: ÂHow long have you been in business? ÂWhat brand of equipment do you install? ÂAffiliations that ensure they do quality work (BBB, local Chamber, etc) ÂIf you move, will warranties follow you where you go? Other questions to ask for things to look for: ÂWhat does your equipment look like? Hopefully they've brought for you to see and hold. ÂWhat is your service protocol? How much is a service call? Why would I need a service call? How long does it typically take for your to respond to my service request? Stay away from the additionally charged service plan anyone may offer you up front (or at least read the small print). It is unlikely you're going to have a problem with the fence in the first year and if you do, be sure the type of problems you may have (digging in a garden or edging) are covered under that plan. ÂWhat is your company's training protocol? Just make sure you're comfortable with what the company offers. ÂIs there a performance guarantee? If not, there should be. Bottom Line Do your research and follow your gut. You are going to have this equipment for a long time and it's to be used to keep your four-legged family member safe. Check out our blog site.