But, this is a SportDOG NoBark SBC-8 Review.
We look at the features of this bark control collar, and consider who it might and might not be for.
Let’s take a look!
(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 NoBark SBC-8
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SportDOG NoBark SBC-8: Review
Designed/created to be easy to use
Designed to be turned on and to be able to put on a dog
Has 8 levels of Progressive Correction (stimulation starts at the lowest level of static stimulation and increases each time your dog barks within 30 seconds. After 30 seconds of quiet, the collar will reset back to the lowest level)
Has an automatic shut off feature – correction stops after 80 seconds
Also has SportDOG’s Silent Partner Bark Technology – detects your dog’s unique barking style, and filters out other noise
Is waterproof and submersible to 25 ft
Designed for dogs 8 pounds or larger with neck sizes 5″ – 22″
Uses a replaceable 6V battery (4L R44) – and lasts 200 hours per battery
Has a low battery indicator
Comes with standard and long contact points
Not for dogs under 8lbs
Not for dogs with necks outside the 5″ – 22″ size range
Doesn’t have rechargeable batteries
No vibration only or tone only training modes
No User Select/Manual Select mode for stimulation levels
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SportDOG NoBark SBC-8: Buyer’s Guide
Who Might The SBC-8 Be For?
Those who want one of the more affordable SportDOG collars
Dogs over 8lbs
Dogs with 5″ – 22″ neck sizes
Those who want an easy to use bark collar
Who Might The SBC-8 NOT Be For?
Dogs under 8lbs
Dogs with neck sizes outside the 5″ – 22″ range
Owners who want vibration and tone training modes
Those who want a rechargeable battery collar
Those who want a user select stimulation mode
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
What Size Bark Collar To Get
You might look for two key things when looking for a size of bark collar to fit your dog:
The size of dog the collar is designed for e.g. 5 to 120lbs
The length of the collar strap to fit a range of neck sizes e.g. 5 to 29 inches
So, weigh your dog and measure their neck size before ordering a bark collar.
The manufacturer’s instructions should tell you how to size your dog for a collar – so, make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions as a first priority.
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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