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Watchdog Monitor

Overview

Watchdog is an algorithmic feature for APM that automatically detects application and infrastructure issues, by continuously observing trends and patterns in application metrics looking for atypical behavior.

Note: Watchdog is an APM feature, and Watchdog monitors are only available to APM customers.

Monitor creation

To create a Watchdog monitor in Datadog, use the main navigation: Monitors –> New Monitor –> Watchdog.

Select story type

In this section, choose between an APM or Infrastructure story:

An APM story is created when Watchdog detects anomalous behavior on your system’s services or their child resources.

Select sources

Choose your primary tags, service, and resource from the drop-down menus.

After your selections are made, the graph at the top of the monitor creation page displays the matching Watchdog events over time, along with a list of events.

Infrastructure-wide stories include network degradations detected in your cloud provider’s regions.

After selecting Infrastructure, the graph at the top of the monitor creation page displays Watchdog events over time, along with a list of events.

Select sources

No selection is necessary. You are notified when Watchdog detects issues across your infrastructure.

Notifications

For detailed instructions on the Say what’s happening and Notify your team sections, see the Notifications page.

Further Reading