Neil's Review

The DogWatch Hidden Fence is the undisputed industry leader when it comes to dog containment.  Digital encoded FM signal (no interference) advanced lightning protection, long life batteries (2yrs on some collars!), adjustable collars in different sizes for both timid and even temperamented dogs of all sizes down to 2kg are just some of the features that make this system the BEST no matter what type of dog you have!  Note: This is the only system recommended if you have a colorbond or other sheet metal fence.

DogWatch Hidden Fence - 1200FMD

The DogWatch 1200FMD is the highest quality, most reliable electric dog fence on the market. The unique digital FM radio signal removes the chance of interference from colorbond fencing, sheet metal and electrical noise from other items such as a traditional electric fence. It is the only fence we recommend for yards with colorbond fencing or live electric fencing around the boundary.

Available in 2 models, Standard and Premium, the 1200FMD will contain absolutely any dog (or other pet) from 2kg upwards.  150m of UV stabilised boundary wire is included in both kits, enough to cover a standard house block. With additional boundary kits the 1200FMD can cover over 100 acres!

The difference between the standard and premium options is the type of receiver collar that your pet will wear.  DogWatch Hidden Fence Receiver Collar Comparison Chart

Which collar will I receive?

Standard Collar Receivers:

Pets 2kg-12kg / Tiny - Small: DogWatch R12m Collar Receiver - 6 Month Replaceable Battery
Pets over 12kg / Medium - Extra Large: DogWatch R12 Collar Receiver - 2 Year Replaceable Battery

Premium Collar Receivers:

Pets 2kg-12kg / Tiny - Small: DogWatch R7m Collar Receiver - 6 Month Replaceable Battery
Pets over 12kg / Medium - Extra Large: DogWatch R9 Collar Receiver - 2 Year Replaceable Battery

DogWatch fencing systems include 150m of polyethylene coated, UV stabilised wire that can be run above ground along existing fencing or buried.  The system is also protected internally and externally from power surges or lightning strikes that could occur near the property. 


Suitable for all dogs from 2kg including, but not limited to, the following breeds:

  • Labrador
  • Golden Retriever
  • German Shepherd
  • Bull Arab
  • Staffy
  • Jack Russell
  • Fox Terrier
  • Maltese
  • Poodle
  • Chihuahua
  • Shih-tzu
  • Bichon Frise
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Schnauzer
  • Cavalier King Charles
  • Aussie Shepherd
  • Border Collie
  • Cocker Spaniel
  • Beagle
  • Pug
  • Corgi
  • French Bulldog
  • Whippet


The DogWatch 1200FMD transmitter is plugged into mains power, undercover and protected from the weather (garage, shed or laundry are common locations).  A zip-cord runs from the transmitter to the surge protector, which can be attached to the outside of the shed or on the side of the garage.  The earth cable attached to the centre terminal of the surge protector can be earthed to the shed itself, an existing earth rod or even a star picket driven into the ground.  The boundary wire is run from the surge protector, around the desired containment area (in-ground or attached to your existing fencing), then returns back to the surge protector to complete the circuit.  Your dog's receiver collar will pick up the radio signal being carried around the boundary, delivering a warning tone as it approaches the containment wire, followed by a harmless static correction if they continue to approach the boundary.

Completing the required training with your dog ensures that they understand exactly how to respond to the warning tone and correction, this is essential for best results with any dog fence.   Learn more about training your dog here.

Learn more about:

How electric dog fences work

How much wire you will need to cover your boundary

Common boundary wiring layouts

How to run the wire around your property


  • Highest quality dog containment fence on the market!
  • Patented Safelink FM digital radio signal - No interference from Colorbond / sheet metal
  • Durable, waterproof receiver collars with Dog Chew Warranty
  • Receiver collar battery life up to 2 years (R12 & R9 model)
  • Suits all dogs and cats from 2kg
  • High-quality UV stabilised boundary wire
  • Dual surge protection (attach to existing earth rod or purchase at local hardware store)
  • 3-year warranty (R12m, R12 & 1200 Transmitter) / Lifetime Warranty (R7m, R9)
  • 30-day Performance Guarantee.  Buy it…Try it...Doesn’t work, Send it Back!  What do you have to lose!*

  • There isn't much to consider when it comes to the Dogwatch Hidden Fence!


  • R12 and R9 receivers use replaceable 3.6v battery (2 year life) 
  • R12 and R9 Receiver Specs - 55mm x 34mm x 24mm - 70 grams
  • R12m and R7m mini receivers use replaceable 3v battery (6 month life)
  • R12m and R7m Receiver Specs - 46mm x 29mm x 20mm - 60 grams
  • Transmitter Dimensions - 157mm x 102mm x 33mm
  • Strap available to fit dogs and cats from 2kg

  • 1 x DogWatch Hidden Fence 1200FMD Transmitter
  • 1 x Surge Protected Power Adaptor
  • 1 x Zip-cord
  • 1 x Collar Receiver w/ Nylon Strap
  • 1 x 3v or 3.6v Battery (dependant on receiver size)
  • 1 x Set of Contact Probes (dependant on receiver size)
  • 1 x Surge Protector w/ Earth Cable
  • 1 x 150m Spool of UV Stabilised Boundary Wire
  • 50 x Training flags
  • 1 x Multi-Tool (probe wrench, test light)
  • 1 x Instruction manual
  • PLEASE NOTE: Orders with 300m of wire and over may arrive with a combination of 150m and 300m spools. 



3 Year Warranty

This product comes with a 3 Year Australian Warranty &  Dog Chew Collar Replacement Warranty!

30 Day Performance Guarantee

Shop with confidence!  If it does not stop your dogs escaping, send it back.
We want to work with you to stop your dogs escaping.  That's why we offer a 30 day performance guarantee with this product.

What does this mean?

  • If it does not fix your problem during the 30 day performance guarantee period, you can return the product for a refund.
  • If you then allow us to help you find a more suitable replacement product we will provide a refund on the original product..and pay the shipping cost for you to send the original product back to us! 

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