SportDOG SBC-R vs 10R vs 18 vs 10 vs 8 vs 6: NoBark Collar Comparison


This is a comparison guide of the different SportDOG bark collar models.

In this guide we’ve outlined the individual features, and similarities & differences between the SBC-R vs 10R vs 18 vs 10 vs 8 vs 6.

We’ve also linked you to individual reviews on each anti bark collar model within the guide.

One thing that is important to note is that (at the time of updating this guide) the SBC-10R is not available on the SportDOG site, but is still available on Amazon as of 2020.

Let’s jump into the guide!


(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 SBC-R vs 10R vs vs 18 vs 10 vs 8 vs 6: NoBark Collar Comparison Guide

If you prefer, you can go straight to viewing each NoBark collar here:


Which SportDOG Bark Collar To Get?

The SBC-R probably has the most features and modes.

The SBC-R and SBC-10 both have rechargeable instead of replaceable batteries if that’s important to you.

Apart from that, you’ll have to pick the collar that best suit your needs and preferences.


SportDOG SBC-R vs 10R vs 18 vs 10 vs 8 vs 6: Similarities

The main similarities between all these collars are:

They all have a static stimulation training/anti bark mode

They all fit dogs 8 pounds or larger with neck sizes 5″ – 22″

None of the collars have vibration only or tone only training modes (although the SBC-6 has an audible beep with each change of correction level)


SportDOG SBC-R vs 10R vs 18 vs 10 vs 8 vs 6: Differences

The unique features and differences between the collars are:

Bark Detection Method

The NoBark SBC-R uses Silent Partner™ technology

The NoBark SBC-10R and SBC-18 have Perfect Bark Technology, (which senses both sound and vibration in your dog’s vocal cords)

The SBC-10 uses Silent Partner™ technology

The SBC-8 uses Silent Partner™ technology

The NoBark SBC-6 uses vibration sensor technology (delivers correction/static when it detects vibration in your dog’s vocal cords)


Training Modes Available

The SBC-R and SBC-10R have 3 modes of status stimulation available. Those are User Select, Temperament Learning, and Progressive Correction.

SBC-18 has a form of progressive and regressive stimulation

SBC-10 has 2 modes of static stimulation available. Those modes are User Select, and Progressive Correction

SBC-8 has one mode of static stimulation available. That is Progressive Correction.

SBC-18 has a form of progressive and regressive stimulation


Levels Of Static Stimulation

SBC-R and SBC-10R have 10 levels of static stimulation 

SBC-18 has 3 ranges of stimulation – low, medium and high, and 6 levels of stimulation – for a total of 18 different levels of stimulation across the 3 ranges

The SBC-10 has 10 levels of static stimulation

The SBC-8 has 8 levels of static stimulation 

SBC-6 has 6 levels of static stimulation 



The NoBark SBC-R is waterproof and submersible to 10 feet

The SBC-10 and SBC-8 are waterproof and submersible to 25 feet using DryTEK technology

The SBC-18 & SBC-6 are just waterproof



The SBC-R has rechargeable lithium ion batteries that charge in roughly 2 hours and lasts about 200 hours per charge 

The SBC-10R has rechargeable NiMH battery that charge in 4 hours, and last 3-6 months per charge

The SBC-18 has replaceable lithium batteries that last about 3-6 months

The SBC-10 has rechargeable lithium ion batteries that charge in roughly 2 hours and lasts about 200 hours per charge 

The SBC-8 has a Replaceable battery (4L R44) that lasts about 200 hours 

The SBC-6 has replaceable lithium batteries that last about 3-6 months


Safety Features

The SBC-R has a safety feature where – if your dog barks 15 times or more within an 80 second period, the SBC-R will stop issuing static stimulation for 30 seconds, and then resume normal operation.

The SBC-10R, SBC-6 and SBC-18 have a safety features that will automatically shut off for 3 minutes if your dog barks 15 times or more within a 50-second period.

The SBC-10 and SBC-8 have an automatic shut off feature where correction stops after 80 seconds


Other Features

The NoBark SBC-R is the only collar that has an OLED screen which shows the mode of operation and the battery level/life



The SBC-10R is no longer available on the US version of the SportDOG website


SportDOG SBC-R vs 10R vs 18 vs 10 vs 8 vs 6: Reviews

SportDOG SBC-R NoBark Collar Review

SportDOG SBC-10R NoBark Collar Review

SportDOG SBC-18 NoBark Collar Review

SportDOG SBC-10 NoBark Collar Review

SportDOG SBC-8 NoBark Collar Review

SportDOG SBC-6 NoBark Collar Review


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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