SportDOG 10R Review: Anti Bark Collar


The 10R has been discontinued by SportDOG if you visit the product page on their site.

Despite this, we decided to put together a SportDOG 10R Review because as of February 2018, the anti bark collar is still available and is popular through Amazon.

It appears SportDOG have released their latest model, the SBC-R (with Silent Partner technology and an OLED screen), which you can read a review for here.

But, in this 10R review, we outline all the features, pros and cons that makes the 10R so popular.

Let’s check it out in more detail!


(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)

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SportDOG 10R Review: NoBark Collar/Anti Bark Collar

If you prefer, you can go straight to viewing the SportDOG 10R here:

You can also read a SportDOG bark collar comparison guide here.


SportDOG SBC-10R: Review

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Appears to be the most consistent and reliable of the 4 collars by SportDOG including the SBC-6, SBC-18 and SBC-R

An anti bark collar that uses Perfect Bark Technology – this means the collar is supposed to trigger only when it senses both vibration and sound from your dog’s vocal cords

3 training modes to choose from – Temperament Learning, Progressive Correction, or User-Selected

10 levels of static stimulation to choose from

Has a rechargeable NiMH battery that charges in 4 hours, and lasts 3-6 months per charge

Has DryTek technology that makes it waterproof and submersible to 25 feet

For dogs 8 pounds or larger

Fits neck sizes 5-22 inches

Has a built in safety feature for the most constant barkers

SportDOG has pretty good customer service that get back to you quite quickly



If you don’t have the collar positioned properly, with the contact points on the skin in the centre of the neck, and the collar tight, you may find the collar works or doesn’t work inconsistently

Would be better if the batteries were lithium ion and not NiMH

Would be better if the collar gave a tone warning before delivering the static

A longer warranty would be better to cover the collar device, the strap and the battery




SportDOG SBC-10R: Buyer’s Guide

What Is The SportDOG SBC-10R No Bark Collar Designed For?

To train your dog not to bark by delivering static correction cues based on triggering from both the vibration and sound in your dog’s vocal cords.

For best use:

You should be able to place one finger between the contact point and your pet’s neck

The collar should not be able to shift, and should be placed on the front of the neck and in the center of the neck

Also,  the contact points should be making skin contact


How Does The SportDOG SBC-10R Actually Work?

You turn the collar on

You choose the learning mode you want

Temperament Learning mode

The correction starts at the lowest level and progresses to the next level each time your dog barks within 30 seconds of the previous bark. The collar remembers the correction level needed to stop your dog’s barking. The next time your dog starts barking, the correction will start at the last level used. Once your dog has learned not to bark, the initial warning correction is reduced.


Progressive Correction mode

The correction starts at the lowest level and progresses to the next level each time your dog barks within 30 seconds of the previous bark. If your dog doesn’t bark again within 30 seconds, the correction will reset to the lowest level in that mode.


User-Selected mode

You choose the correction level. If your dog barks, the collar will correct him at that level until he stops barking.

As a built in safety feature, if your dog barks 15 or more times in 50 seconds in any mode, the unit will automatically shut off for 3 minutes.


Who Might The SportDOG SBC-10R No Bark Collar Be For?

Dogs 8 pounds or larger

Dogs with neck sizes 5-22 inches


Who Might The SportDOG SBC-10R No Bark Collar NOT Be For?

Dogs 7 pounds or smaller

Dogs with neck sizes outside the range of 5-22 inches


What Do You Get In The SportDOG SBC-10R No Bark Collar Kit?

NoBark SBC-10R Collar On 3/4 Inch Black Collar Strap

Charging Adaptor

Test Light Tool

Operating Guide


Other Bark Collar Options

If you want to look at some other bark collar options, you can read this best bark collars guide.


Buyer’s Guide & FAQ Guide For Bark Collars

We’ve put together a buyer’s guide and FAQ guide with some important information about bark collars.

In that guide, we discuss:

The effectiveness of bark collar, and how bark collars can work for some, but not others

What some of the best bark collars might be

Bark collar review guides

Factors to consider in deciding what bark collar to buy

What a bark collar is

Bark collars vs remote dog training collars

Types of bark collars

Why use a bark collar and when to use one

How a bark collar works, and how to use one

What size bark collar to get

Can a puppy use a bark collar

Alternatives to a bark collar for bark control training

Some safety considerations for using a bark collar


Some Safety Considerations For Using A Bark Collar

Safety is extremely important with a bark collar.

Always always get your vet’s advice or the advice of an animal health and/or training expert – nothing is a substitute for professional advice.

Some general safety guidelines for using a bark collar humanely and safely might be:

Buy from a reputable company who put proper use of the bark collar and the safety of the dog as a priority 

Read and follow the operating guide, instruction/safety manual and training guide that comes with the bark collar system from the manufacturer for operation and safety instructions and guidelines

Pay attention to any warnings issued by the manufacturer

Monitor your dog’s response both mentally and physically to using a bark collar. Take the collar off immediately and discontinue use of the system if you notice any negative implications or reactions


A good bark collar that uses static stimulation should simply stimulate the muscle (to the point of reflex) to get the dog’s attention, but should not cause pain (it might be slightly annoying for the dog to act as a small deterrent – but shouldn’t cause pain or harm).

It certainly shouldn’t cause a ‘sharp pain’ to the muscle or body. 

To get a safe stimulation level – it helps if the bark collar can be set to the lowest stimulation level, and increased as required manually up to a level that gets the dog’s attention (such as changing body language when a stimulation, vibration or tone is administered) without any visible sign of pain or harm (such as yelping, or showing signs of stress).

A good bark collar company should give you all the necessary safety, use and training instructions, and should have a dedicated customer service line to help when you being using the collar.

Good bark collars usually also come with a safety shut off features for static stimulation in case a dog keeps barking.

The static stimulation function does not need to be used either – tone and vibrate training modes can be used instead on bark collars that have them.

Some owners like to even use their bark collar as a temporary training tool, and may go back to using body or verbal bark training commands once behaviors are reinforced (if suitable).



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