This is a short and concise SportDOG SBC-6 Review of this no bark collar/anti bark collar.
This particular collar is an automatic collar that in theory should respond to the throat vibration of your dog’s barking.
We take a look at the features, pros and cons of this anti bark collar, as well as consider how it works in reality.
We discuss who the collar 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-6 Review: NoBark Collar/Anti Bark Dog Collar
If you prefer to go straight to viewing the SportDOG SBC-6, you can do so here:
- SportDOG SBC-6 NoBark 6 Standard Anti-Bark Dog Collar (on Chewy)
- SportDOG SBC-6 NoBark Collar (on Amazon)
You can also read a SportDOG bark collar comparison guide here.
SportDOG SBC-6: Review
Overall, the collar is cheap and affordable, but the technology, design, functionality and batteries of the collar could do with improvement. It may work for some dogs, and not for others
A no bark collar for dogs that bark constantly or problem barkers
Very easy to use – turn the collar on and put it on your dog’s neck – it will beep, and flash red before a correction/static stimulation is delivered
For best results – the collar should be worn high on the neck, just beneath the jaw. Additionally it should be in the center of the throat, and tight enough so that only one finger width fits between the strap and your dog’s neck
The collar includes 6 levels of static stimulation, with no programming required – the collar adjusts the static level automatically
Refer to the buyer’s guide below for a description of how the collar works in relation to your dog’s barking
Will fit dogs 8 pounds or larger with neck sizes 5″ – 22″
Has replaceable lithium batteries that last about 3-6 months
Has a low battery indicator to tell you when the battery is running low
The collar is waterproof
Comes with an operating guide you should read before you use the collar
SportDOG have pretty good customer service – if you have an issue with your collar, they are usually quick to get back to you and help out
Despite the concept of this collar – it appears to have issues responding to the barking of all dogs automatically i.e. it is inconsistent, or sometimes doesn’t respond at all. This could be due to a number of things from the technology used in the collar, to the design of the collar and how the contact points sit on your dog
The batteries could do with a big upgrade – they either don’t seem to last very long, or the collar chews through them quite quickly
There are probably better and more reliable no bark collars on the market than this one
SportDOG SBC-6: Buyer’s Guide
What Is The SportDOG SBC-6 NoBark Collar Designed For?
To stop barking via static stimulation administered through the collar device.
How Does The SBC-6 NoBark Collar Actually Work?
The vibration of your dog’s bark triggers the Vibration Sensor Probe on the collar device
A static stimulation is then administered through the Contact Points on the collar device
The static stimulation will start at the lowest level of correction and then increases through 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 NoBark SBC-6 will reset itself to the lowest level of correction.
Along with each correction, there will be an audible beep.
As an added safety feature, the NoBark SBC-6 will automatically shut off for 3 minutes if your dog barks 15 times or more within a 50-second period.
Who Might The SportDOG SBC-6 NoBark Collar Be For?
People with dogs that bark constantly
Dogs 8 pounds or larger with neck sizes 5″ – 22″
Who Might The SportDOG SBC-6 NoBark Collar NOT Be For?
People who’s dogs are not problem barkers or constant barkers
Dogs smaller than 8lbs
Dogs with neck sizes that fall outside the 5 to 22 inch range
What Do You Get In The SportDOG SBC-6 NoBark Collar Kit?
NoBark 6 Collar
Black Collar Strap
Test Light Tool
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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