PetSafe PBC00-12789 Vibration Bark Collar Review

PetSafe’s PBC00-12789 Vibration Bark Control Collar uses vibrations to stop nuisance barking. It boasts of a patented Perfect Bark technology that uses dual sensors to correctly detect barking. The device offers 10 combinations of vibration corrections and has a safety built-in feature. The product can be worn by dogs with at most 28 inch neck size.

Patented Perfect Bark Technology

This vibration anti-bark collar has a patented bark detection technology that minimizes false alarms. The device has a dual sensor—a microphone to detect sounds and vibration detector to detect barking based on the movement of the dog’s vocal passages. The dual sensors eliminate the possibility that a correction will be delivered for another dog’s bark or from external sounds.

Vibration Corrector

The device uses a vibration that is similar to the vibrations made by mobile phones when in vibration mode. There are 10 combinations of vibration correction. The vibrations are delivered from any of the two points in the collar.

The lengths of the vibration differ to correctly deter the barking. The random duration of the vibration was designed to effectively stop barking since the dogs will not get used to a certain vibration pattern.

This anti-bark collar also comes with a safety feature as the device shuts off for one minute when the dog barks 15 times or more within a 1 minute 20 second period.

Colored LED indicator

The device also comes with a color LED indicator to inform dog owners if the battery needs changing, when a correction is being delivered and if the unit is turned on.

The Green light flashes once every 5 seconds when the unit is turned on. The Red light flashes three times every 5 seconds when the battery is running low and Red Light flashes once when it is delivering a correction.

Battery

The device uses PetSafe’s RFA-188 Battery that is replaceable and normally lasts for two to three months. Dog owners can turn off the unit to save on battery by turning the battery module counter-clockwise with the use of a coin.

Ease of Use

This anti-bark collar uses nylon for its collar with a quick snap feature. The collar can easily be put on and removed by dog owners and can be washed.

The collar also fits all dog sizes as it can accommodate dogs with neck sizes ranging from six to 27 inches.

The device is easy to use given its LED light indicator and battery module that is used to switch the unit on and off.

What the users are saying

PetSafe’s PBC00-12789 Vibration Bark Control Collar has received very mixed reviews from Amazon buyers. The product has a rating of 2.9 out of 5 stars.

More than 20 percent of those who have tried this product have given the device a rating of 5 stars saying that the device worked and addressed nuisance barking in a matter of days.

“We bought this collar with low expectations since we’ve tried everything to calm her barking down. This collar exceeded or expections and works like a charm best 50 bucks we’ve spent and we love the idea that it only vibrates with no shocking effects.”—Amazon buyer comment

“After a couple of days both dog figured it out. Now I just say no and they both behave without the sound correction.” —Amazon buyer comment

But more than 30 percent of Amazon buyers gave the product a rating of one star claiming that it failed to make their dog stop barking or that it only worked for a couple of days before the dogs got used to the vibration.

“For a 12 pound dog this collar was entirely too large, specifically in the depth of the unit. Did not would whatsoever, trying to get it to operate properly was like playing the lottery…and never winning.”—Amazon buyer comment

“It definitely slowed down the barking. But she does seem to ignore it as she is used to it vibrating,”– —Amazon buyer comment

“I had hoped that this would work for our Yorkie, but it was completely ineffective. I checked it and rechecked it, read the manual, adjusted and readjusted and still, had absolutely no effect at all on his barking. It was like it didn’t bother him at all and yes, it was vibrating (like I said, I checked and rechecked). For us, it was a waste of $45.”– —Amazon buyer comment

Pros

  • Patented bark technology that uses dual sensor using sounds and vibrations
  • 10 combinations of vibration correction with varying lengths to ensure that the dog does not get used to any vibration pattern
  • LED lights to reflect battery level, when a correction is being delivered and if the unit is turned on

Automatic safety feature as the device shuts off for one minute when the dog barks 15 times or more within a 1 minute 20 second period.

  • Lightweight and can fit all dog sizes
  • Easy to put on and off on dogs

Cons

  • The majority of the dog owners claim that it failed to effectively detect nuisance barking
  • No option for dog owners to choose the level of correction

Conclusion

PetSafe’s PBC00-12789 Vibration Bark Control Collar is easy to use given its LED light indicators and battery module. Taking it off and on dogs is also easy.

The device boasts of a patented bark detection technology that can effectively detect a dog’s bark. But the majority of the product users claimed that it either completely failed to stop barking or that it only worked for a couple of days until the dogs got used to the vibration correctors.