The PetSafe Deluxe Anti-Bark Spray Collar (PBC00-12104) is one of the top spray collars, but it still suffers from the typical spray collar issues. It is only effective on submissive dogs, prone to breaking, and owners must pay the ongoing cost for consumables.
The collar uses a sound activated bark sensor that is located under the collar band. The sensor seems to be a little less sensitive than most, primarily because the cloth collar band that runs over the sensor muffles sound. This means the collar does not tend to pick up on quiet barking or grumbling – something some dogs will end up learning and exploiting.
Like all sound based sensors, the PetSafe PBC00-12104 can have false alarms such as being set of by another dog barking. Although with the less sensitive sensor on this collar it is less prone to this problem than most.
When the collar detects barking it shoots a mist toward the dog’s face. The collar includes a can of citronella spray, but you can also purchase lemon and unscented sprays. The idea is that the spray is unpleasant enough to deter barking. For most dogs, this is not the case. Except for particularly sensitive dogs, the spray is not sufficient deterrent and the dogs would rather bark and get sprayed than stop barking.
The spray also becomes less effective over time as the dog becomes accustomed to the spray and the smell. Often the collar will work for a few months then gradually cease becoming effective. Switching to different scents may help if your dog becomes indifferent to the spray correction.
The collar can spray the dog around 20 times before requiring a refill. Many dogs will learn this and will quickly bark many times in succession to exhaust the spray and then be free of the correction for the rest of the day (or until you refill the collar).
To refill the collar, push the nozzle of the supplied spray can up against the port on the collar. The collar has a convenient level window that shows you the reservoir level – a nice feature not seen on other spray collars. You get around 100 sprays from each aerosol refill can, and the cans cost around $10. So the cost of the refills can quickly add up.
The spray mechanism on the collar is also prone to faults. The PetSafe Deluxe Spray Bark Collar is better than most spray collars, but is still fragile and will frequently clog or stop working after a few weeks of operation.
The collar uses a 3-volt disposable battery that is included with the collar. Replacement batteries cost around $5 and last approximately 2-3 months.
The collar comes with a black nylon cloth band with a quick-snap plastic buckle. The collar can be adjusted from 6 inches to 24 inches in circumference. The collar is somewhat heavy, so it is suitable for dogs over 20 lbs. We generally like the quick snap buckle as it is easier to get on and off while also ensuring a consistent fit. However, the plastic used on the buckle feels a little flimsy.
The PetSafe Deluxe Anti-Bark Spray Collar is definitely one of the best spray collars on the market. The PBC00-12104 suffers from all the limitations of the spray collar category. Spray collars are not consistently effective on all but very submissive dogs, and the effectiveness tends to deteriorate over time. The spray mechanisms tend to be fragile and prone to breaking frequently. Lastly, the need to refill the collars is a chore and can quickly get expensive.
If you plan to try a spray collar, this is the one to get for dogs weighing over 20 lbs. But, generally we suggest the shock-based stimulation bark collars as a better option for most situations.
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