As we point out in this SportDOG SBC-R Review, this NoBark Collar seems to be an improvement over the SBC-6 and SBC-18 collars.
It features Silent Partner™ technology that responds to your dog’s unique bark, and has 3 modes + 10 levels of static to choose from.
Having said that, there are some drawbacks to this collar as well.
In this review we outline the full list of features and cons, and consider who the collar might 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-R Review: NoBark Collar/Anti Bark Collar
If you prefer, you can go straight to viewing the SportDOG SBC-R here:
- SportDOG NoBark SBC-R Rechargeable Bark Control Dog Collar (on Chewy)
- SportDOG SBC-R NoBark Collar (on Amazon)
You can also read a SportDOG bark collar comparison guide here.
SportDOG SBC-R: Review
A customisable NoBark training collar
An improvement on the SBC-6 and SBC-18 collars
Has newer technology than the SBC-10R
Choose from 3 programmable training modes: Temperament Learning, Progressive Correction, and User-Selected
Also choose from 10 levels of static stimulation
Collar uses Silent Partner™ technology that is supposed to identify your dog’s own unique bark, and only respond to that. It is supposed to filter out other dogs’ barks, and other external noise
Comes with both long and standard contact points – for long haired and short haired dogs respectively
Has an OLED display that shows the current mode of operation, as well as battery-life status
Has a built in safety feature for the most constant barkers – the corrections stops for 30 seconds if the collar detects 80 seconds of 15 barks or more
Collar is waterproof and submersible to 10 feet
Collar is for dogs 8 pounds or larger with neck sizes 5″ – 22″
Battery is a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and charges in roughly 2 hours. It lasts about 200 hours per charge
Overall, the SBC-R appears to work better than the SBC-6 and SBC-18, but perhaps not as good as the older SBC-10R which was quite popular
The Silent Partner technology while great in theory, can sometimes be unreliable and inconsistent if people don’t have the collar positioned properly on the dog’s neck
The SBC-R in particular appears to have strong static even on the lower levels. Make sure you start on the absolute lowest level and work your way up.
May be more a collar for medium to large dogs, rather than smaller dogs and sensitive dogs
Although there can be a few issues with this collar, SportDOG do seem to have great customer service and are usually quick to try to help out customers
SportDOG SBC-R: Buyer’s Guide
What Is The SportDOG SBC-R No Bark Collar Designed For?
To trigger a correction (static stimulation) on your dog’s unique bark only. It does this using Silent Partner™ technology.
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
Contact SportDOG if you have any issues.
How Does The SportDOG SBC-R Actually Work?
You turn the collar on and customise/set the mode
Temperament Learning mode – the correction starts at the lowest level and increases 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/highest level used. The static stimulation level will be reduced 30 seconds after your dog stops barking.
Progressive Correction mode – the correction starts at the lowest level and increases 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.
User-Selected mode – you manually choose the correction level. If your dog barks, the collar will correct him at the level you’ve selected until he stops barking.
Using the Silent Partner™ technology, the collar will automatically trigger ONLY to your dog’s unique bark, and not another dog’s bark, or external noises
There’s a built-in safety feature – 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.
Who Might The SportDOG SBC-R No Bark Collar Be For?
Problem barkers and constant barkers
Medium to large sized dogs
Mild to harder temperament dogs
Dogs with neck sizes 5″ – 22″
Who Might The SportDOG SBC-R No Bark Collar NOT Be For?
People who want a more reliable and consistent bark collar
Dogs that bark only temporarily, or naturally to a particular situation
Sensitive and soft temperament dogs
Dogs with neck sizes outside of 5″ – 22″
What Do You Get In The SportDOG SBC-R No Bark Collar Kit?
NoBark SBC-R Collar
3/4″ Black Collar Strap
Adaptor With Charging Cradle
Standard Contact Points
Long Contact Points
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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