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Watchdog or watch dog may refer to:



  • Watchdog timer, a device that detects faults and initiates corrective actions

Public oversight[edit]

An individual or group that monitors the activities of another entity (such as an individual, corporation, non-profit group, or governmental organization) on behalf of the public to ensure that entity does not behave illegally or unethically:


  • Watchdog, a novel by Laurien Berenson from her Melanie Travis Mysteries series
  • Watch Dogs: Dark Clouds, a novel by John Shirley, based on the video game
  • The Watchdogs, a book by Laird Wilcox about watchdog organization that monitor extremism in the US.



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See also[edit]

  • Dog watch, a work shift in a maritime watch system that is half the length of a standard watch period