Watchdog Monitor


Watchdog is an algorithmic feature for APM, Infrastructure, and Logs. It automatically detects potential issues by continuously observing trends and patterns in metrics and logs, and looking for atypical behavior.

Monitor creation

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

Configuring a Watchdog Monitor

Define your query

Select the scope to be alerted on with the following optional configurations (wildcards are supported):

1. Predefined selectors

  • Environment. These values are derived from the env tag.
  • Alert Category. Scope the monitor to a subset of Watchdog alerts.
  • Team. These values are derived from the Service Catalog.

2. Additional scoping

  • Filter on any additional tag available on the Watchdog event.
  • Group By the dimensions you want to group notifications by.
    Configuring a Watchdog Monitor with advanced settings

After your selections are made, the graph at the top of the monitor creation page displays the matching Watchdog events over the selected time frame.


For more instructions on the Configure notifications and automations section, see the Notifications page.

Further Reading