SportDOG SBC-18 Review: No Bark Collar


This is a SportDOG SBC-18 Review of the automatic NoBark collar.

This particular collar features Perfect Bark® technology that delivers a correction when both the sound and vibration from your dog’s bark is felt, and has a total of 18 static stimulation levels.

We run through the full list of features, pros and cons of this collar, as well as considering who it may and may not be for.

Let’s check it out!


(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-18 Review: No Bark Collar/Anti Bark Collar

If you prefer, you can go straight to viewing the SBC-18 here:

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


SportDOG SBC-18: Review

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An automatic functioning anti bark dog collar

Features Perfect Bark® technology, providing firm, fair, and consistent correction when it detects both vibration and sound from your dog’s vocal cords. This sets it apart from the SBC-6 for example that delivers correction only from vibration and not sound

External noise or another dog’s bark shouldn’t trigger a correction

Has 6 levels of static stimulation with low/medium/high stimulation ranges – you select the stimulation range and the collar does the rest

With the levels and ranges, you really get 18 different levels available (6 in each range)

Collar is waterproof

For dogs 8 pounds or larger with neck sizes 5″ – 22″

Has replaceable lithium batteries last about 3-6 months



Like the SBC-6, the technology on this collar that triggers (or doesn’t trigger) the correction can be unreliable and inconsistent to your dog’s barking

The batteries can wear out quite quickly, or not work at all – could stand to be improved or upgraded

Overall, there are better no-bark collars on the market – you may want to look elsewhere




SportDOG SBC-18: Buyer’s Guide

What Is The SportDOG SBC-18 No Bark Collar Designed For?

To train dogs not to bark by delivering static stimulation when it detects both vibration and sound from your dog’s vocal cords.


How Does The SportDOG SBC-18 Actually Work?

You turn on the collar and put it around your dog’s neck (high up on the neck, in the center, and with about 1 finger room between collar and neck – the collar should be reasonably tight)

In each stim range, the correction starts at the lowest level when it detects both vibration and sound from your dog’s vocal cords

It progresses to the next level (to a maximum of 6 levels) 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 be reset to the lowest level in that mode.

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


Who Might The SportDOG SBC-18 No Bark Collar Be For?

Problem barkers and constant barkers

Dogs 8 pounds or larger with neck sizes 5″ – 22″

Overall though, there are better no-bark collars on the market – you may want to look elsewhere


Who Might The SportDOG SBC-18 No Bark Collar NOT Be For?

Dogs that only bark temporarily or in a natural way

Dogs smaller than 8 lbs

Dog with a neck size outside of 5 to 22 inches


What Do You Get In The SportDOG SBC-18 No Bark Collar Kit?

NoBark 18 Collar

Black Collar Strap


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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