The PetSafe Big Dog Spray collar (PBC00-11005) is the only dual sensor spray collar available. Additionally, it features a high capacity spray reservoir. Unfortunately, the vibration sensor on the collar is unbalanced making it miss barking on some dogs. Also, the collar band is not quite big enough for the biggest dogs.
The PetSafe Big Dog Bark Control has a dual bark sensor, combining both a sound sensor that listens for barking, and a vibration sensor that feels for movement in the dog’s vocal chords. Dual sensors are rarely seen on the cheaper spray collars and are far superior to single sensor systems because they reduce the number of false corrections.
Regrettably, the vibration sensor is awkwardly designed as it is a single probe protruding from the collar. The probe is too long and without a second prong to balance it, the probe is difficult to position on the dog’s neck. This often leads to the probe not properly contacting the dog’s throat and not detecting barking.
Spray collars correct the dog by squirting a lemon scented spray at the dog’s nose. In theory, dogs should find the spray unpleasant enough to stop barking. In practice, only submissive dogs and light barkers tend to be deterred by spray alone. The challenge with using a mild correction like a spray is that it is not enough to deter many stronger willed dogs. Dogs often learn that the bark collar reservoir is limited and that if they bark enough it will no longer bother them. Dogs also become accustomed to the spray over time – so even if the collar is effective initially, the effectiveness may diminish with time.
The PBC00-11005 spray collar is filled using a aerosol can that is plugged into a port on the front face of the collar. The PetSafe Big dog has a larger reservoir than usual and can hold 40-50 sprays. The collar also has a useful low spray indicator so you know when to refill it.
The PetSafe Big Dog Spray collar uses a disposable 6V battery (included) that lasts around 2 months and costs $5. You can extend the battery life by switching the collar off when it is not in use. This big dog bark collar also features a low-battery indicator to alert you when it is time for a new battery.
The PetSafe Big Dog Spray collar utilizes a rubber collar band. The collar band is 28 inches long, larger than average, but strangely not the biggest collar band. The PetSafe Deluxe Spray collar band is significantly longer. We would like to see this collar made longer so that it can fit around the neck of the largest of dogs.
The PBC00-11005 collar uses a dual buckle and quick-snap style fastener that allows you to easily adjust both the length of the collar and quickly fasten and remove the collar.
The PetSafe Big Dog Spray Bark Control collar is a solid basic spray collar marred by the unbalanced vibration probe design. We suggest the PetSafe Deluxe Spray collar as a better choice if you must have a spray collar. However, either choice is subject to all the limitations of spray collars. So, an even better choice for most dogs would be to use a basic anti-bark static shock collar.
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