How to Install the Innotek Pet Fence System

Invisible fences can be used on dogs that are 6 months old.
Invisible fences can be used on dogs that are 6 months old. (Image: Darcy Logan - All Rights Reserved)

The Innotek pet fence system is an invisible fence that keeps your dog in your yard through the use of a special collar and radio waves. Installing the fence system in your yard takes a little planning, but is well worth the effort once you realize the convenience of being able to let your dog out into your yard without being on a leash. It will also help keep your dog safe, out of your neighbor's yards and out of trouble.

Things You'll Need

  • Innotek pet fence system
  • Wire cutter
  • Wire stripper
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill
  • Straight-edged spade

Plan your layout of your fence. The wire must be run in a continuous loop. This can be around the diameter of your house or in a long loop to keep your dog away from certain areas. You should not run your wire (parallel) within nine feet of any other containment systems, so you may need to check with your neighbors before planning your own fence.

Contact your utility companies and ask them to mark the locations of any buried utility lines. You should not run your wire (parallel) within 6 feet of electrical, telephone, cable TV or other buried wire. Adjust your layout accordingly.

Decide where you will mount the wall transmitter. This transmitter must be placed near a 220-volt outlet. Although it can withstand freezing temperature, it is not waterproof and should be in an enclosed area. A wire will need to run from the transmitter to the underground fence, either through an existing window, door or through a hole you drill yourself.

Estimate the amount of wire that you need. The standard fencing kit from Innotek comes with 500 feet of wire. This is enough to fence in 1/4 to 1/2 acre of land. You will need 500 feet of wire (or one spool) for every 1/2 acre you plan on fencing.

Install the wall transmitter. Do not plug it in. At this time, you will need to provide wire access to the outside either by running the wire through a window or drilling a 1/4-inch hole in the wall and threading the wire through.

Lay out the perimeter fence wire and any off-limit areas in your yard. Corners should be rounded, not square. Do not bury it at this time.

Lay twisted wire (two wires wrapped around each other to connect the transmitter to the perimeter wire and off-limit areas to the perimeter wire. Twisted wire cancels the signal. Splice the twisted wire to the perimeter wire using the supplied waterproof splices. Splicing is done by stripping about 5/8-inch of insulation from the wire ends, inserting the two ends into the splice and then twisting.

Plug in your transmitter and turn it on. The green light should illuminate if you have a successful loop.

Charge your collar by placing it in the receiver cradle at the top of the transmitter. Some collars do not need charging and use 9-volt batteries. In that case, insert a battery into the collar.

Test your fence by setting the field width adjustment knob halfway between the "off" and "high" positions. Place the test light on the probes and walk the collar to the fence wire. Listen for the warning tone as well as the test light to glow.

Turn off the transmitter and bury your fence wire. Wire should be buried about 7 to 10 centimeters deep.

Set flags near the boundary where the warning tone is heard. Do not set them where the wire is buried. You are now ready to start training your dog for the fence system.

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