Innotek In-Ground pet fencing, dog training equipment, dog training aids, and dog behavior training.
Before you start the training process you will need a training
collar. You can choose either a flat or slip collar. As a general
rule, use a flat collar on a mild mannered dog and a slip collar for
dogs that might be a little harder to handle. You will also need a 6
foot lead or a 15 foot retractable lead works well too.
Ok, so letís get started.
First, letís talk about the training schedule:
Completely trusting your dog with the boundaries will take place
over the course of about 4 weeks. Donít worry, the actual training is
a small part of this time the rest is spent closely monitoring your
You will want to set time aside for two practice sessions per day
that are 10-15 minutes each, because both you and your dog will
appreciate short, fun lessons that makes the training more effective.
Use a calendar such so you can keep track of the training process.
Your dogís behavior will tell you when it is time to proceed to the
next level. Dogís learn at different rates, so donít be surprised if
your dog catches on faster or takes a little longer.
- In lesson one, there are six sessions to teach the retreat
- In lesson two, there is one session about correction and
lesson number three is how to deal with distractions.
- In lesson four your dog is ready to take off the lead with
- In lesson five will move on to being off lead unsupervised.
And then wrapping up the training you will remove the flags
gradually until they are gone.
Thatís the schedule and most importantly, everyday, review the
previous dayís activities to see if your dog is learning on schedule.
Boundary work should take place only in your yard. Take your dog
around to the boundaries of your entire yard talking and pointing out
the area you want to be observed. Do not let your dog go beyond the
When you have completed a session, always end it on a high note
with more play and praise . When a session is complete bring your dog
indoors to remove the electronic collar.
If you are training more than one dog, train each dog in separate
The first lesson is to introduce your dog to the
boundary and to help your dog upon hearing the tone to understand to
retreat to the safe part of the yard when the warning tone is heard.
With your dog on a lead, casually walk to the boundary. When the
dog reaches the signal field, immediately spin around and briskly jog
back into the yard. The dog will feel the tug and run after you.
Praise enthusiastically. If your dog does not indicate hearing the
tone walk your dog to the boundary and follow the same procedure.
On days two and three repeat the same lesson. As the training
sessions of the next three days progress, youíll see that your dog
will start to anticipate the signal and retreat without your
prompting as shown here.
Now itís time for the real test. Day three is successful only if
your dog retreats without your prompting and refuses to approach the
boundary as you approach. For each successful attempt be sure to
praise, praise and praise again. If you are not successful keep the
training going as you have been the past two days until your dog
retreats without prompting.
Itís time for your dog to move to the next phase.
For this lesson, you will need to replace the Innotek
plastic training contacts with the Innotek supplied metal correction
contacts. You will also need a helper for this phase of the training
with your dog still on a lead, causally walk to the boundary with
your dog and helper. The helper should continue to walk through the
boundary, should the dog try to follow he will receive a correction
from the collar. Immediately retreat to the safe part of the yard and
lavish your dog with praise. Please note, it is very important that
your helper not stop, look back or acknowledge the dog in any way.
Continue this lesson at a number of different areas around the
We are now ready to start with Lesson number three
that we call Distractions.
If your dog is avoiding the boundary, with the helper moving
freely in and out of the area, you are ready to add more tempting
distractions. Remember, never pull or coax your dog into the boundary
area. This lesson teaches that your dog must resist all temptations
to leave the yard. Dogs have trouble connecting the lessons learned
with one distraction to another. So, you canít assume that if your
dog wonít chase a ball out of the yard,
Your dog wonít chase a bicycleÖ Or favorite neighbor.
You have to go through a list of distractions that will tempt your
dog and prove each one before proceeding to the next. Before long
your dog will connect the dots.
Donít leave the yard for bikes, neighbors, bouncing balls, moving
cars means, donít leave the yard for any reason.
Off lead supervised. A very important next step for
This is the first time during your training sessions that your dog
will be off lead and you must make certain that you and your dog stay
in the yard at all times during this training.
Make sure the Innotek device is correctly placed on the collar and
on your dogs neck and the electronic collar is turned on.
Itís wise to spend a lot of quality time in the yard with your
dog. The more your dog stays on the property for the first month, the
less chance of your dog attempting to leave the area. Continue to
supervise and play with your dog outside for a period of one week.
Ok, weíre ready for lesson five, ďoff lead
You will know when your dog is ready to be unsupervised because
your dog will resist all manner of distractions, both on and off the
Itís a big step when your dog can be left unattended in the yard.
Keep a close eye on your dog for two weeks from inside the house.
This freedom should be brief at first and the amount of time
Before and after each unsupervised session, you must continue to
the play and praise routine to continue to reinforce that the yard is
a happy, fun and safe place to be.
After two weeks of successful containment, you can begin removing
the flags. Start by removing every other flag, every other day until
all of the flags are gone.
The leads, trainers, flags and the electronic training collar are
all clues for your dog to learn the boundaries. They are all removed
gradually except the electronic training collar.
Itís essential that you observe whether youíre off lead,
unsupervised dog still avoids and retreats from the unmarked
boundary. If your dogís response is anything but immediate retrace
your steps through the training process.
Thanks to you, with help from your new Innotek In-ground Pet
Fencing system, your dog now will have the freedom to run without the
worry of running away.