Announcing the 2013 DogWatch Calendar!

Santa's little helper. Photo by Nils Geylen via Flickr.Season’s Greetings, DogWatch Fans!

DogWatch Hidden Fences is beginning work on our 2013 calendar! We will be selecting our favorite photos each month throughout 2012 for a spot in the calendar. More details will be coming after the holidays, but you don’t need to wait till then to submit your pictures of the furry best friend in your life!

If you think your pet is cute enough for his own page in our calendar, here’s how to enter:

Each month on our Facebook page, we’ll put out a call for entries of your pet photos that relate to that month. At the end of the month, DogWatch will select our favorite photo and notify the winner the following week via Facebook message and a post on our Facebook wall. Winners will receive free calendars and additional prizes to be announced from DogWatch.

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Halloween Safety Tips for Your Dog

Halloween Candy. (c) 2011 Theresa A. GrenierWhile Halloween is an exciting time for us humans, it can be a downright scary and stressful time for dogs. Tons of people who may or may not actually look like people, constant noise and activity, doorbells ringing, doors opening and closing – all of this can be highly upsetting to many dogs. If not celebrating Halloween is not an option at your house, here are some guidelines from DogWatch to help you keep your dog safe and sane on the scariest night of the year.
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Doggie Dress-Up!

Believe it or not, Halloween’s right around the corner! Is it just us, or did this year fly by? While we’re sure you’ve been stocking up on candy for the trick-or-treaters and costumes for the kids, have you given any thought to what your dog is going to be for Halloween? Doggie Halloween costumes, both home- and commercially-made, are growing  in popularity every year, with many communities even having costume parades and contests!

If you’re stuck on what to garb your pup in this Halloween, here are some great ideas DogWatch came across as we scoured the internet for costume ideas for our own dogs. And if you do dress your pup this year, make sure to send us a picture of it at heidi.fence@dogwatch.com, or post it on our Facebook page!

Haven’t had enough cute dogs in costumes? (Is it possible to ever get enough?) Check out this great video for more inspiration!

Dog News Review 2010

As we begin an New Year (and a new decade!), it seems like a good time to review some of the 2010 highlights. We saw economic struggles, a Winter Olympics, the oil spill in the Gulf, the health care debate, the continued rise of Facebook, and many more unforgettable events. And since there aren’t enough lists at this time of year (just kidding!), we have compiled our own. In the first DogTails post of 2011, DogWatch Hidden Fences gives you our first annual “Dog News Review,” featuring the most memorable dog stories of the past year.


Birthday dogOne of our favorite dog photos of the year first premiered way back in January. That’s when Maureen Ravelo snapped a photo of her Bichon Frise-poodle enjoying a special treat on his birthday. The resulting photo (shown at left) captured an unbelievably expressive and contented smile on the one year-old dog’s face. The image quickly became a sensation after a friend posted it on the sharing site Reddit.com. For more info on the story, and to see Riley in action, click on the photo to watch a video of the famous dog and his owner on NBC’s “Today” show.


One of our favorite parts of Super Bowl XLIV did not actually take place in Miami. While we applaud the New Orleans Saints’ victory, we confess that we didn’t watch all of the pre-game coverage. Instead, we switched over to Animal Planet from 3-5PM, when it aired its sixth annual “Puppy Bowl.” The event, which is even cuter than it sounds, features lots of adorable puppy playing, aerial coverage of the “field”, rabbit cheerleaders and a kitty halftime show. We can’t wait for Puppy Bowl VII – oh, and Super Bowl XLV, too.


It was the chomp seen ’round the world. Winston, a Pit Bull-Boxer mix, got loose from his yard and attacked a police car, eventually chewing off the entire front bumper. And it was all caught on tape! The amazing video made headlines around the world, and sent Winston to the shelter for a few weeks before being released to his family. The trainers supported his owners’ claim that Winston is a “sweet dog,” but a judge did order obedience training for the powerful pup. Winston’s owner promises that Winston will be “a model citizen” from now on – but just in case, he will add some extra protection in his yard in case a police car drives by again.

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