PetSafe PBC-102 Basic Bark Collar Review

The PetSafe Basic Bark Collar, PBC-102 delivers harmless static shocks to dogs to correct nuisance barking. It automatically increases the level of correction until the dog starts barking and has six levels of correction. The product uses a vibration sensor to detect the barking and has an automatic safety shut-off feature. This no bark dog collar can be used for dogs weighing eight pounds and above. The product comes with the receiver and 6-volt battery and has a lifetime limited warranty.

Vibration detector

This corrective collar uses a vibration sensor to detect the bark of the dog. The vibration detector detects the movement of the dog’s vocal chords. The use of a vibration sensor eliminates the possibility that your dog will be punished for external sounds like what often happens with a single sensor that uses a microphone to detect barking sounds.

The product produces static shocks rather than electric shocks to stop the barking. Dog owners who are uncomfortable in allowing their dogs to experience electric shocks as punishment may want to consider this static shock anti-bark collar.

Plus, the collar produces a beeping sound to inform dog owners that it is administering a punishment. The beeping sound could also be a deterrent for the barking given that dogs have very sensitive ears.

Progressive correction

This anti-bark static correction collar has six levels of correction. The collar delivers the lowest level of correction at the first bark and increases until the dog ceases its barking. The device then goes back to the lowest correction level when the dog resumes it barking.

Many users attest that the progressive correction feature made their dogs quit their nuisance barking quickly.

“Works well on my 50 lb lab. I like how it’s progressive with the shocking.”—Amazon user comment

“Within one week of using this product, my wife and I can notice a considerable difference in our dog’s barking behavior. No issues at this point. Highly recommend.”—Amazon user comment

Automatic shut-off feature

This anti-bark collar automatically shuts off for three minutes when the dog barks at least 15 times in a span of 50 seconds. This feature makes it safe for dogs since they are not subjected to prolonged static shocks. Plus, it also protects the dog if it is barking loudly and continuously for a justified reason like protecting its domain from intruders.

Easy to use

This anti-bark collar is easy to use, as well. It has a battery indicator to inform dog owners to change batteries when needed. It also has an adjustable collar with a quick snap making the collar easy to remove and place around the dog’s neck.

The device is also waterproof and can be used for outdoors. Plus, it only weighs 5.6 ounces and can be worn by small pet dogs.

Battery life

A number of users, however, complained that the battery does not last long making the use of this anti-bark collar more expensive.

“The batteries do not last long. I have two dogs and used these on both. They work for a while but battery life is poor and batteries are expensive.”—Amazon user review

“The real problem was the battery lasted for only 1 week!! Total waste of money!! I have no intentions of spending close to $15-$20 a week for batteries,”—Amazon user review

Plus, replacement batteries are difficult to find and need to be ordered at the manufacturer.

What the users are saying

The PetSafe Basic Bark Collar has received a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5 from Amazon users. Almost half of the users who have tried this product have given it 5 stars. These users praised this anti-bark collar for quickly addressing the excessive barking of their dogs.

“Within one week of using this product, my wife and I can notice a considerable difference in our dog’s barking behavior. No issues at this point. Highly recommend.”—Amazon user comment.

“This is a great collar, only took a few minutes for our dog to no longer be a chronic barker. I would recommend this to everyone.”—Amazon user comment

There are, however, a significant number of users (at least 20 percent) who complained that the collar was either defective or plainly failed to correct nuisance barking.

“My dog did not stop barking while this was on him. The light turned red indicating the battery worked and it should have shocked but it did not even slow down my dogs barking,” —Amazon user comment

Pros

  • Quickly corrects nuisance barking
  • Progressive correction with six levels of correction
  • Vibration sensor to detect the barking
  • Automatic shut off feature to prevent over and long exposure to static shocks
  • Water proof making it perfect for dogs staying outdoors
  • It has a battery indicator to inform dog owners that batteries need to be replaced

Cons

  • Many users complained that it has a short battery life
  • A significant number of users claimed that the product was either defective or plainly failed to correct excessive barking

Conclusion

The PetSafe Basic Bark Collar is an inexpensive but is an effective anti-bark dog collar. It uses static shocks rather than electrical shocks which is deemed less painful for dogs. Many users attest that this bark collar immediately gets rid of nuisance barking. You may, however, want to consider that the battery needs constant replacing and are not easily available.