Innotek Containment Systems Installation Tip

This Containment Systems Installation Tips guide provides additional information that will assist you with the installation of your containment system.

 IMPORTANT NOTES:

 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 inadvertently activate.

 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

 Boundary Wire

 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.

 Splices

 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.

 Field Width

 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.

 Flags

 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.

 Double Loop

 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

 Fuse Box

 The wall transmitter should be mounted at least 6 – 10 feet from the fuse box, circuit breaker, or major electrical appliances.

 Metal

 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.

 Utility Lines

 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.





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