Electric Dog Fence: Does It Work In The Snow?

April 29

Does the Electric Dog Fence work in the snow? The answer is yes … and no. Read on to find out more:
The electric dog fence does actually work in the snow as long as power is to the unit. There are a couple of things that dog and cat owners need to be aware of. They are listed below:

What is the signal field of the electric dog fence transmitter set to? If the signal field is set at 3-4 feet and you have snow drifts of a couple of feet of snow or more, the field range is less than half of the distance it normally is. This can cause a dog to run through a field if he tests the system on a regular basis.

This is why Contain-A-Pet (www.containapet.com) believes that in most instances a dog should be trained not to test the dog fence on a regular basis. If he tests the system and it does not beep or correct him, he very well may be run out of his yard.

Will a dog run through the electric dog fence when snow is on the ground? It is possible. As a dog trainer, I tell my clients that dogs learn in environments and scenarios. When an environment changes, a dog reverts back to his base nature or instinct. Thus running through the dog fence is possible.

In addition, dogs learn their boundaries by sense of smell. The initial electric dog fence training helps them to lay their scent track, thus establishing a boundary. Adding inches of snow over the boundary can result in their scent being lost or covered up.

The best thing we can do is to take the time to show our dog his dog fence boundaries with snow on the ground a few times. That should be adequate with most dogs.

This is just another reason why we feel having certified dog training professionals selling, servicing and training dogs on the electric dog fence is so important. Contain-A-Pet is the only electric fence company in the world that makes its new dealers become a certified dog trainer.

If you have another question regarding snow and the electric dog fence, just make a comment. We will be happy to try to answer it.


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