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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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

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:

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

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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