Does the Containment Fence Work In Snow?

Does a pet containment fence with with snow?  Can I use a dog fence with snow?  How do I winterize my electric dog fence?

dog_fence_snowThe dog fence works fine in snow with a few adjustments.  As the snow levels build up you want to turn up the dial on the control box that sets the boundary width.  This is because as the snow starts to accumulate, the dog will be walking higher and higher over the boundary wire, so to compensate we need to turn up the signal so it get up above the snow.  Once the snow starts to melt away in early spring, you will need to turn the boundary width back down again to the normal setting.

The boundary wire does not seem to care about the snow and operates just fine.  The snow does not damage the boundary wire.  (although if you elected not to bury the boundary wire that crosses your driveway, a snow plow may take it out)

Note that the northern winter months are not a great time to install your system underground.  The frozen ground can be very difficult to dig even using the recommended trencher wire burial method.  But, you can always staple the wire to the ground or to a fence until the warmer months arrive.

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Jeffrey Hungerford January 1, 2018 at 10:32 am

We have a black lab and golden retriever and an “association” that does not allow fences. The snow gets pretty deep here (West Michigan) and our dogs definitely have a prey drive (squirrels/deer).

Our backyard is not real big, but we would love to be able to let dogs out fast once in a while instead of walking them every single time we think they need to go out (especially at night before bed). Is there something that works well in extreme cold, a fair amount of snow, and big dogs with prey drive? What would you choose?

BTW–wife does not like the idea of “hurting” dogs with shocks, but I don’t see a way around that.

Jeff Hungerford

ADMIN – Hi Jeff. I would recommend looking at the PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence (PIG00-10777): https://www.dogfencediy.com/reviews/petsafe-large-dog/
PetSafe Stubborn Dog Fence (PIG00-10777) is cross collar compatible and works with MOST PetSafe collars but DOES NOT WORK WITH THE YARDMAX COLLAR. This system would allow you to use the PetSafe Deluxe Collar (Standard correction levels, good for dogs between 5 and 90 pounds, $69.95), Stubborn (for large dogs or dogs that need more corrective power that are over 40 pounds, $79.95), PetSafe Rechargeable In-Ground Fence Receiver (A rechargeable collar with 4 correction levels ($119.95), Elite Little Dog (for dogs under 10 pounds, $99.95), Cat or SportDog (most rugged and waterproof collar and is meant for dogs that are hunting or farm dogs ($99.95)) collars. All of these collars are battery operated and have indicators to let you know when the battery needs to be changed. The Stubborn collar has a correction level that starts at 50% stronger than the standard level collars and is good for dogs that have a higher pain tolerance, dogs over 100 pounds, or dogs that are over 40 pounds and hard headed. This system only operates in traditional mode and relies on the strength of the correction to dissuade the dog from running through the boundary. This is a good, reliable system that will work well in most configurations. This system will support up to 25 acres of wire.

To get pricing, you can click on the Add To Cart button on the right hand side of the review page. This will take you to a page with a light blue box with several drop down menus on it. This is where you can add or remove wire, upgrade wire, or select any other add on’s you may want/need. The pricing will update in real time, allowing you to get quotes for everything you may need.

I would recommend upgrading the wire on whichever system you choose. As it sounds as if you live in an area that has extremely cold weather in the winter, you will want a thick, durable wire such as the 16 or 14 gauge wire. Anything thinner may be too brittle in the cold winters.

Another thing to keep in mind in the winter – when you have standing feet of snow greater than 1 foot, you may want to turn up the boundary width and/or keep a closer eye on your dogs. The more snow pack you are walking on, the further from the wire the collar is going to be so that they may lose communication with each other allowing the dog to get out. This would only be of concern when the distance between the collar and the wire is a foot or so more than usual.

You may want to call your utility companies (e.g., phone, cable, DSL, gas, power/electric, etc) and have them come out and mark all of your underground utilities if you have any as you will need to take this into consideration when planning your layout.

We recommend installing the transmitter inside a waterproof area that does not drop below freezing connected to an electrical outlet. The transmitter should be at least 5 feet away from metal and/or electromagnetic interference (e.g., metal siding, aluminum siding, metal roof, metal fencing, circuit breaker box, HVAC equipment, washer/dryer, refrigerator, etc) to avoid amplification problems, unintended corrections to the dog’s collar or signal interference.

The Boundary Wire should be installed 5-10 feet away from metal and/or electromagnetic interference (e.g., metal siding, aluminum siding, metal roof, metal or wire fencing, HVAC equipment, other electric fencing, underground utilities, etc) to avoid amplification problems, unintended corrections to the dog’s collar or signal interference.

We recommend laying the wire where you think you want it on top of the ground and testing the collar to make sure it beeps and corrects at the right location on the perimeter loop. Once the correct location has been determined, then you can bury your wire no more than 1″ – 3″ in the ground or you can tack it to the ground using lawn staples.

Please visit the DogFenceDIY “Planning, Installation and Layout” page to see layout ideas and diagrams: https://www.dogfencediy.com/installation/plan/

Also, we recommend visiting the Training Page to see the 4 step training program complete with some training videos: https://www.dogfencediy.com/training/

Once you place an order you will receive an e-mail confirmation with an order number and a downloadable .pdf copy of the “Expert Installation and Training Guide” that gives you some information on how to install the dog fence and train your dog in 4 easy steps.

Usually, orders placed before 1:00 p.m EST are processed to ship the same business day (Mon-Fri). Orders placed after 1 pm EST on Friday or over the weekend will usually ship the following Monday.

Bob Adams October 17, 2017 at 8:03 pm

My house has a lot of woods behind it. I don’t want my dog going out there with out me. Will it confuse the dog if I have the fence on when I am not home so he cant go into the woods. But turn it off when I want to take him out there.

ADMIN – HI Bob. You will want to build this into your training. He will need to understand that he can only go beyond the boundary when you allow it. Please visit our Training Page to see the 4 step training program complete with some training videos: https://www.dogfencediy.com/training/

kathy December 4, 2014 at 3:41 am

We live in a very snowy region in Canada with snow that can be as high as 4 feet just on the lawn, higher in spots if it drifts. Will the boundary width be able to get through this amount of snow?
Thank you
Kathy

ADMIN – Hi Kathy. Which dog fence system are you interested in? The PetSafe YardMax PIG00-11115 is our new top choice in-ground dog fencing. However, in YardMax mode, excessive snowfall (>1.5 feet) may place your dog outside the signal field. You may need to switch to Traditional Mode, or increase the Boundary Width until the snow recedes.

Catherine McCauliffe December 27, 2009 at 9:00 pm

What is the ideal depth for burying the wire? Thanks for your time.

ADMIN – Hi Catherine,

The main reason we bury wire is to protect it from the lawnmower, so just an inch below the surface is perfect, but you can go as deep as six inches.. The deeper you bury it, the higher you need to turn up the boundary width to get through the soil, this can lead to the boundary being too wide in other parts of the installation where the wire is not buried as deeply.

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