This Containment Systems Installation Tips guide provides
additional information that will assist you with the installation of
your containment system.
We strongly recommend the dog be at least 6 months old
before using this system. Prior to 6 months of age, the dog may not
fully understand the correction or its purpose.
Make sure the probes are tight and securely holding the
receiver box on the strap. Check the tightness regularly and
frequently to prevent losing the receiver box.
Always remove the collar receiver from the dog when it comes
indoors to avoid accidental activation of the collar receiver.
Electronic equipment and electrical appliances such as the
television, VCR, refrigerator, etc. can cause the collar receiver to
Be Advised: Never leave the collar receiver on the dog for
more than 12 hours. Because the strap needs to be tight to ensure
that the probes are making good contact, skin irritations may develop
if the collar receiver is left on too long.
Installation and Training Video
The Containment System video that is packaged with each
containment system offers a step-by-step guide to installing the
system and training the dog to respect the boundary area. Watching
the video several times is very beneficial. During the first viewing,
concentrate on the installation of the system and note the
installation tips. During the second viewing, focus on the training
portion of the video. An excellent article entitled Tips for Training
Your Dog to the Containment System? provides additional training
instructions. Keep in mind that the success of any containment system
is dependent upon consistent training of the dog to return to the
“safe” zone upon receiving stimulus.
SECTION 1 – GENERAL INSTALLATION TIPS
The wire supplied from Innotek is solid copper core,
insulated for direct burial. Stranded wire is less durable and has
less insulation. It is best to use only one gauge and one type of
wire throughout the containment system.
For the system to work correctly, the wire must make one
continuous loop. The wire does not have to be buried. However, to
prevent possible damage to the wire, bury the wire at least ½
inch underground. Before burying the wire, it is best to test to make
sure the system is functioning correctly. Layout the boundary wire,
plug in the adapter into the outlet and into the wall transmitter.
Take the collar receiver to the boundary wire to see if the collar
receiver activates. To bury the wire, start by digging about 3”-4”
deep where the wire first enters the ground near the transmitter and
continue around the path of the loop wire. When covering a large
area, a trenching machine can be used to cut into the ground.
However, place the wire into the trench by hand. A commercial
wire-placing machine may break the wire.
The wire connections must be waterproof. Using electrical
tape, solder, twisted wire nuts will cause an intermittent signal or
disarm the system. The waterproof splices included in Innotek’s
containment systems are designed to provide a sealed connection
between the wires. The insulation on the boundary wire should not be
stripped before placing wire into the holes. To use the waterproof
splice, a single boundary wire is placed into one of the three holes
of the splice. The other single boundary wire is placed into one of
the other holes. That leaves one extra hole which is not used. Use a
pair of pliers to press down the top black part of the splice.
The field width is the distance from the warning tone to the
boundary wire. The best way to check the field width is to layout the
boundary wire without burying it. Take the collar receiver and slowly
walk up to the wire. See how far the collar receiver is from the
boundary wire when the warning tone activates. The field width can be
increased or decreased by the dial on the wall-mounted transmitter.
Turning the dial clockwise increases the field width; turning it
counter-clockwise decreases it.
We recommend placing the flags at the edge of the field
width, not on the boundary wire. To locate the edge of the field
width, take the collar receiver and walk slowly toward the boundary
wire. When the collar receiver activates with the warning tone, the
flags should be placed at that distance from the boundary wire.
Canceling the Signal
A canceled signal area is used when there is an area that the dog
is given the freedom to cross the boundary wire without receiving
stimulation. Canceling a signal requires twisting the beginning and
ending wires of the same loop. Cutting a piece of wire, placing it at
a designated area, and twisting it in order to cancel the signal will
not be successful. This will interrupt the signal rather than
canceling the signal.
The double loop configuration of the containment system can
be used to enclose the back yard and yet allows the dog access
through the back door. Beginning at the wall transmitter, lay wire to
the nearest perimeter and proceed around the back yard until you are
at the opposite side of the house. The house will be used as part of
the barrier. With the wire within two feet of the corner of the
house, do a hairpin turn and continue laying the wire six feet from
itself. Proceed around the back yard until you return to the wall
transmitter. This design will keep the back entrances to the house
free from stimulation.
Another option to contain the back yard with access into the
back door is to go around the front of the house. Beginning at the
wall transmitter, lay wire to the nearest perimeter and proceed
around the back yard until you are at the opposite side of the house.
Bring the wire within two feet of the corner of the house and
continue laying the wire in the side and front yards approximately
6-10 feet away from the house. If crossing a concrete driveway or
sidewalk, place the wire in an expansion crack and seal it with
masonry caulk. After encircling the house, attach the end of the wire
to the wall transmitter to complete the circuit. This design will
also provide a barrier if the dog bolts out the front door.
SECTION 2 – POSSIBLE INTERFERENCE TIPS
The wall transmitter should be mounted at least 6 – 10 feet
from the fuse box, circuit breaker, or major electrical appliances.
Keep the wire 6 – 10 feet away from metal in the yard. The
metal will increase the field width in that area. It may also
increase the chance of the signal broadcasting to other areas of the
house or yard.
Chain Link Fence
The boundary wire can be woven through a chain link fence
rather than burying the wire. This is an excellent solution for the
dogs that enjoy digging under the fence or those dogs that specialize
in high jumping the fence. As a precaution, the metal may increase
the field width in that area. It may also increase the chance of the
signal broadcasting to other areas of the house or yard. It is
recommended that area close to the chain link fence area be tested to
see if the field width has increased or if the signal is broadcast to
other areas of the house or yard prior to burying the other sections
of boundary wire.
Keep the wire 6 – 10 feet from buried utility lines
(electric, gas, phone, cable, satellite dish, etc.) This will
increase the field width, as the utility line becomes an antenna.
If buried utility lines need to be crossed over, cross them
at a 90-degree angle. Crossing at a smaller or larger angle will
increase the chance of the signal broadcasting to other areas of the
house or yard.
Other Containment Systems
Keep the boundary wire at least 10 feet away from another
containment system. The signal may be cancelled if it is closer than
the recommended distance.
Foundation of the House
Keep the wire at least 6 feet away from the foundation
because of the electrical wires within the foundation of the house.
Crossing Driveways or Sidewalks
If crossing a concrete driveway or sidewalk, place the wire
in an expansion crack and seal it with masonry caulk.
When crossing an asphalt driveway, make a ½” deep cut
across the driveway using a circular saw and masonry blade. Place the
wire in the crack and seal with asphalt sealant.
When crossing gravel, bury the wire at least 3” deep. Use an
old garden hose or plastic PVC piping to protect the wire.
Containment Area Has Pond
The containment area can include a pond or lake. The
boundary wire can be placed in an old garden hose or PVP piping and
anchored with large rocks. The signal will be emitted through the
tubing. If the containment area does have a pond or other bodies of
water, be sure that the containment collar receiver is waterproof.
For programming and troubleshooting the remote training
portion of the Contain ‘N’ Train systems, see the CT-400A or
CKC-25W Troubleshooting Guides.
For troubleshooting tips on containment systems, see
Containment System Troubleshooting.
If there are still questions or concerns after reviewing
these instructions, please call the Innotek Contact Center at
1-800-826-5527 between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm Monday through
Friday. One of our representatives will be happy to assist you.