Dave & Anna Howard
Suddenly, I had a big problem! My dog, a 5 year old Plott Hound had just become entangled with a neighbor's dog for the 3rd time and this time it was serious. Never again could my dog encounter that dog or the results might well be tragic.
I live on a 60+ acre farm and I needed to be sure that my dog would stay in the area designated and not stray out of that area. If only I could fence in a 10 acre portion of the farm, I could keep my dog in a sufficiently large area for a hound and keep her out of harm’s way. But that would be a daunting task!
Fences are not cheap, even if you do the work yourself and I knew I didn't have the time to do that. So my next idea was to install an underground electronic fence, which I knew of, but had never had personal experience with. I researched and read everything I could find on the subject. I wanted the best system out there; modern technology, state of the art quality was what I wanted.
DogWatch, in my opinion, is the clear front runner in the industry. I was impressed with the fact that it uses the FM band and their newest model could be linked to the internet and allow instant notifications of power outages, broken underground wires or low collar batteries. Notifications could be sent to multiple family members via text or email. It could also be outfitted with battery backup and the dog collar batteries will last for up to a year or more, so no battery charging needed. One catch for me was that it was only available through a dealer, or at least it seemed to be a problem, because I like to do things myself. I had 10 acres to cover, so burying 3,000 feet of wire seemed very costly and probably out of my budget if I had to pay someone to install it.
So, after looking at every choice and studying the situation for a few days, I finally decided to call Rob, the owner of DogWatch of the Carolina Coast. That call turned out to be a very fortunate move for me. He was exactly what I was looking for. With Rob, I got the whole package. 1) He is an expert who, having been in the business for over 20 years, could answer any question I had, 2) Rob would work with me and my situation. He was fully aware of cost as a problem for me with such a large property and he worked with me to make it possible, 3) Rob is an expert dog trainer and his services in that regard may well be the difference in a successful result and an unsuccessful one, 4) Rob is on call and there to assist at a moment's notice when something goes wrong. In fact, he gets the text and emails just like we do and if the system isn't back up and running promptly, he checks in to offer help.
I have had my system for nearly 2 months now and I am completely satisfied with it. It has worked exactly as advertised and I have no problem giving the system a 5 star rating. But Rob is also a major part of why I have taken the time to write this. He is a real asset for me, just knowing that I have someone to call when I need help or advice is worth a lot. You cannot go wrong with Rob and DogWatch.