Below are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. You may also want to check out our training tips. If you do not see your question below please feel free to contact us or call us at 810.279.8550.
What is Dog Guard?
Dog Guard® Michigan is an electronic 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 it 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 radio signal through the wire, which is picked up by the small receiver on the dog’s collar. When the dog nears the wire, the receiver picks up the signal and gives off an audible warning, while at the same time giving the dog a mild correction.
Isn’t 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® Michigan 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 training system work?
The boundary is marked off with flags, creating a visible boundary line for the pet. For two weeks, the dog owner should spend fifteen minutes, twice daily, exercising the dog around the flag boundary. If the dog moves toward the flags, he should be told “NO!” The dog should then be moved away from the flags and given lots of praise. By using this technique, the dog will quickly learn where the boundary is located. Later, once the dog becomes familiar with the boundary, the flags can be removed. Remember, praise and repetition are the keys to success!
Can a dog on the Dog Guard® Michigan system be taken out of the yard for a walk?
Yes! Once the dog is trained to the system, he can be taken outside of the yard. The Dog Guard® receiver collar must be taken off before putting the leash on.
How do I know that the system is functioning properly?
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.
Are your 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?? We sell replacement batteries on our website www.VetsPetSupply.com
How much does Dog Guard® cost?
Dog Guard® costs much less than traditional fencing, and has none of the maintenance and aesthetic problems. The cost will vary, depending on the size of the property and the number of dogs on the system. Every Dog Guard® dealer works directly with the manufacturer, therefore the cost of Dog Guard® may be lower than you think.
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 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.
- A lifetime warranty on the receiver is available for an additional $50.00.
- The DG9000 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 DG9000.
- Our NEW DG3000 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 DG3000 provides STRONG & DEPENDABLE CORRECTION, just like the DG9000.
- 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® Michigan , from the manufacturer to the dealers, has your pet’s safety in mind. From the moment you purchase a Dog Guard® Michigan 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.
We are always here to answer any questions!