DogWatch R8 Operating instructions

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Operating Instructions For
DogWatch I-50 and I-50/4 Indoor Systems
Hidden Fence Systems
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DogWatch offers four I-50 indoor system models to work with DogWatch
AM and FM receivers. The I-50/4 models are designed to be used if you
have a DogWatch system next door to you.The same receiver is used
for outdoors and indoors.
RECEIVER UNIT COMPATIBILITY CHART
I-50 Models
I-50 FM
I-50 AM
I-50/4 FM
I-50/4 AM
Receiver
Models
R8
R7
R3000
R8
R7
AR300
R8/4
R7/4
R3000/4
R8/4
R7/4
AR300/4
R1200
R2000
R1000
R6
AR200
R300
R200
AR300m
R1200/4
R6/4
R300/4
AR300m/4
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trademarks of DogWatch Inc.Rev. B 05/05/295024 2K
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IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS
• The I-50 Series is intended for pet training only. Do not use this product for any other purpose.
• Please read the DogWatch Owner’s Guide before starting installation
and training.
• Keep the receiver collar and transmitter out of reach of children.
• Never adjust the transmitter while your pet is wearing the receiver collar.
• Unplug the transmitter when the system is left unused for extended
periods.
• This product is for INDOOR USE ONLY.
ADJUSTING THE COLLAR
Collar tightness is critical. All contact points must touch your dog’s skin.
If not, he will not receive a correction stimulation. A loose collar will also
allow the contact posts to rub back and forth on the skin, possibly causing irritation. Use care as over-tightening the contact posts could cause
damage to the receiver.
I-50 SYSTEM SERIES
The I-50 series transmitters are designed to radiate a coded radio signal allowing you to protect a specific area or to be used with a boundary wire to protect multiple areas. The I-50 and I-50/4 transmitters operate with DogWatch AM (AR series) receivers. The I-50 FM and I-50
FM/4 SafeLink® transmitters operate with System 3000 receivers (see
chart on front page).
Electrical stimulation has been a safe and effective part of dog behavior
conditioning for over twenty years. All dogs respond differently when
they feel mild electrical stimulation.
POWER
The solid green loop indicator light on the FM version and the blinking
green light on the AM version lets your know that the transmitter is operating. Simply plug the power supply into the transmitter jack labeled
“PWR”, and set the MODE switch to “INT”. (For multiple rooms, see
page 4 - Transmitter with Boundary Wire.)
The receiver collar should be removed each day to allow your dog’s skin
to gradually condition itself to the contact posts. Failure to follow this
procedure could lead to skin irritation and possible infections.
YOUR DOG’S RESPONSE TO STIMULATION
Some dogs may demonstrate little, if any, reaction, while others may
yelp and/or jump back. Some dogs “freeze.” Do not try to comfort him
after he receives electrical stimulation or you will reinforce his anxiety.
PLEASE REMEMBER
• Adjust the collar and test the battery regularly.
• Keep the contact posts clean.
Diagram 1
MODE
The I-50 series transmitter may be used as a stand-alone unit or with a
boundary wire for multiple avoidance areas. The MODE switch allows
you to choose your application. You cannot use both applications at the
same time. INT allows you to use the transmitter as a stand-alone unit.
EXT allows you to use the transmitter with boundary wire.
Smaller Signal Field
RANGE
The I-50 series transmitters send a coded radio signal (signal field). You
can adjust the distance that the radio signal extends from the transmitter or the boundary wire. Turn the knob to “+” to increase the range and
“-” to decrease the range. Always test the signal field before allowing
your pet near the avoidance area. Never adjust the transmitter while
your pet is wearing the receiver collar.
TERMINAL CONNECTIONS
When using a boundary wire, strip and connect one end of the boundary wire to the terminal connections. This is the beginning of the wire
boundary system. NOTE: Be sure MODE switch is set for EXT.
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Larger Signal Field
Close End
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INSTALLATION
PLANNING
I-50 Series Transmitter
The boundary wire allows you to isolate specific boundary areas within
your house. Carefully plan the installation of your boundary wire and follow these general guidelines.
When using any of the I-50 series transmitters as a stand-alone system,
simply place the transmitter in the center of the area you wish to protect.
The transmitter will radiate a radio signal field which can be adjusted up
to 8 feet in diameter. The size of the signal field is adjusted using the
range control. NOTE: Be sure the MODE switch is set to INT.
I-50 Transmitter with Boundary Wire
When using any of the I-50 series with boundary wire, place the MODE
switch to the EXT position. Connect one end of the boundary wire to the
transmitter terminal connectors.
• All wires should be placed so that they do not interfere with normal
household activities. Placing the wires beneath carpets, along baseboards, and beneath counters is recommended.
• Carefully plan the location of the boundary wire as it may emit a very
slight radio signal which could activate the receiver collar if your pet
were to lie directly on top of the wire.
• Do not install boundary wires next to baseboard heating units as the
heating units could pick up the radio signal.
TRAINING
Boundary Wire
Transmitter
Signal Field
Boundary Wire
Diagram 2
Signal Field
To create a signal field using the boundary wire, you need to separate the
two halves of the wire. The range of the signal will depend upon the distance the two halves of the wire are from one another. When the two halves
are next to one another, there is no signal field. As the two halves are separated, the signal field will increase. (See diagram 1) The boundary wire
must form a continuous loop for there to be a signal field. To accomplish
this, you must splice the final ends of the boundary wire together.
NOTE: The boundary wire carries a harmless radio signal. You do not
need to worry about an electrical shock when separating and splicing
the boundary wire. The power indicator light will not go on if you have
not closed the boundary loop or if you have a broken boundary wire.
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Philosophy and Basic Rules
Understanding the philosophy behind “avoidance training” and following
the rules during training will ensure that you and your pet get the most
from your system.
• Your pet does not intuitively know that he or she is not welcome in
every signal area of your home.
• You must learn to communicate with your pet. Be aware that pets are
especially sensitive to your attitude and mood. Stay “upbeat” during
a training session so he will be more receptive to the training.
• Reward and reinforce good pet behavior.
• The system relies on classic “avoidance training” techniques, where
your home is divided into safety and avoidance zones. If your pet
advances toward an avoidance zone, he will receive an audible warning
or cue. He will soon learn that when he advances further toward an
avoidance zone, the audible warning or cue is quickly followed by a mild
electrical stimulation or correction – an unpleasant but safe, experience.
As training progresses, your pet will learn to stay away from certain areas
that he associates with the audible warning. When the training is complete, your pet will stay away from the avoidance areas without needing
to hear the audible warning or experience the correction.
• Do not comfort your pet after it receives a correction as you will be
reinforcing anxiety. Bring your pet into the safety zone and praise.
• Even though you consider your pet a friend, effective training
depends on your being the leader and pet being the follower.
• Be consistent! Do not break the training rules, even on special occasions when you are tempted to allow your pet into a boundary area
“just this once”. Make sure all family members follow the rules.
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STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS
Before you start training, ensure that the transmitter and boundary wire
are installed and that the receiver collar is adjusted properly.
1. Place markers on the edge of the boundary area – the zones in which
the receiver collar picks up a radio signal. Markers serve as visual
clues for your pet (see Diagram 3).
Diagram 3
I-50 Transmitter
Signal Field
TROUBLESHOOTING
Frequently Asked Questions
Receiver
Why is my dog not getting a correction? Test the receiver by placing
the test light on the contact posts and holding the receiver next to the
transmitter or boundary wire. Replace the battery if necessary. Be sure
the battery is inserted correctly. Ensure that the contact points on the
receiver collar actually touch your pet’s skin; tighten the collar as
required. Make sure that the battery cap is facing downward when your
pet is wearing the receiver unit.
Transmitter
If the power is on, should the unit light be blinking? If you’re using
the AM version, the green power light will blink. On the FM version, the
Power light is a steady green light. Make sure that the power supply
transformer is securely plugged into the wall outlet and that both the
power supply plug and the boundary wire are correctly connected into
the transmitter. Adjust the Range +/– switch. It may be set on too narrow
a range, allowing your pet to get too close to a boundary area before
receiving a warning. Check your MODE setting. Never adjust the transmitter while your pet is wearing the receiver collar.
Markers
2. Play with him in the safety zone for several minutes. Attach a leash to
your pet’s regular collar and walk him around inside the safety zone.
Approach a boundary area, shake a warning marker in front of him,
and firmly say, “Watch out!” or “Careful!”
3. Walk your pet near a boundary zone and allow him to walk between the
warning markers. As he crosses into the boundary area, he will receive
an audible warning and an electrical stimulation. Immediately call out,
“Watch out”, and pull your pet back from the avoidance zone. Return him
to the safety zone and play with him for a few minutes to reinforce the
idea that there is a safe zone and there are areas to avoid.
4. Again, allow your pet to approach a boundary zone. If he hears the
audible warning and retreats to the safety zone, reinforce the behavior with praise and affection. If your pet fails to stop at the audible
warning and receives an electrical stimulation, say “Watch out” as he
approaches the avoidance zone. Use the leash to pull him back to the
safety zone before he crosses completely into an avoidance zone.
Your pet will quickly learn not to go near the boundary areas. Each
time you set up a new boundary area, be sure to retrain your pet.
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Wiring
Why isn’t the green light on? Check the Power. (Page 2.) If your unit
is wireless, be sure it is set appropriately to “INT” and that it is plugged
in to an outlet. If your unit is connected to a boundary wire loop you may
have a broken boundary wire. Make sure that the boundary wire is connected to “EXT” and that the boundary wire forms a continuous loop. If
the boundary is broken or disconnected, the loop light will go out. To test
for a break in the loop, move the switch from EXT to INT and if the
green light comes on, you have a break in the boundary loop. Contact
your dealer.
For replacement batteries and collars, see your authorized DogWatch Dealer,
visit our web site at www.dogwatch.com or contact us at 800-793-3436.
IMPORTANT!
The use of any battery other than a battery authorized by DogWatch Inc. can
cause erratic operation of the receiver or could cause permanent damage.
The use of any unauthorized battery will void the warranty on the receiver.
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