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PetSafe Deluxe Bark Collar PDBC-300

Pros

  • Dual Microphone & Vibration Sensor
  • Progressive Stimulation

Cons

  • Proprietary Disposable Battery
  • Brittle Collar Latch
  • Non-removeable Collar Strap
RATING 3

Retail Price: $99.95

Our Price: $89.95

Availability: In stock

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PetSafe Deluxe Bark Collar

  • PetSafe Deluxe Bark Collar
  • PetSafe Deluxe Bark Collar

The PetSafe Deluxe PDBC-300 is PetSafe’s top of the line bark collar with a lot of great features including dual sensors and progressive correction in small lightweight collar. It is only let down by substandard build quality.

The PetSafe Deluxe Bark Collar is very similar in design, price, and features to the mid-level SBC-18 made by sister company SportDog. The PetSafe Deluxe is however a significantly lighter collar, but seemingly in making the collar lighter some of the quality has been lost.

PetSafe Deluxe Bark Collar

Bark Sensor

Like the SportDog SD 18, the PetSafe PDBC-300 collar uses both a vibration sensor and a sound sensor. Using a probe style vibration sensor that sits between the two correction probes, the PetSafe Deluxe Bark Collar measures vibration of the dog’s vocal chords when the dog barks. Vibration sensors cut down on the number of false alarms because they are not affected by external noise such as that of other dogs barking.
The PetSafe Deluxe bark collar also uses a sound sensor that detects the noise made when your dog barks. Sound sensors tend to be more sensitive but are prone to being set off by false alarms like a neighbor’s dog barking. Combining the sound sensor with the vibration sensor leads to a large reduction in these false alarms.

Controls

The collar is controlled by a single button on the top of the collar receiver. Pressing and holding the button allows you to select between three correction modes:

PetSafe Deluxe Collar

• Low

• Medium

• High

Each of these stimulation modes has six progressive levels of correction. The PetSafe Deluxe bark collar starts on the lowest of these six levels, then increases one level each time the dog barks within 30 seconds of the previous bark. After 30 seconds of no barking, the correction level resets back to the lowest level. The current mode is shown via a flashing indicator light on the top of the collar receiver. The indicator light also illuminates when the dog is corrected. The button control is a little harder to use than the dial selector on the comparable SportDog SD-18 bark collar, but it is not an issue that five minutes with the instructions will not solve.

 

PetSafe Deluxe Bark Collar Battery

Disposable Battery

The PetSafe Deluxe bark collar uses a proprietary coin style battery made by PetSafe. The battery costs approximately $4 and lasts approximately 3 months with moderate use.

PetSafe’s RFA-67 battery also serves as the on/off switch for the bark collar and is rotated (using a coin) to switch the collar off. The battery life can be extended by an additional month if the collar is turned off when not in use.

 

Collar Probes

The PetSafe Deluxe Bark Collar uses a pair of integrated stimulation probes and a third vibration sensor prong placed between the two stimulation probes. Having three prongs seems to cause a little less irritation on the dog’s neck since the pressure is spread among the three contact zones when compared to the more typical two probe configuration. The PDBC-300’s stimulation probes are medium-long and work well with both long and short hair dogs.

PetSafe Deluxe Collar Probes

 

Collar Band

The red nylon collar band is more comfortable on the dog than the more common hard plastic/rubber bands used for most anti bark collars. However, the collar is not removable, making it difficult to clean without immersing the whole collar. This is inconvenient because a cloth collar tends to attract more grime and odors than the harder plastic/rubber collars. The collar is secured using a snap style latch. We prefer the snap style closures because they are easier to use. But, the buckles on the PetSafe Deluxe are a thin plastic and we have found them prone to breakage.

PetSafe Deluxe Bark Collar

 

Testing

The PetSafe Deluxe has a testing mode that you can activate by holding down the mode selection button. In the testing mode, the collar becomes more sensitive and requires only the sound to activate the stimulation – not the vibration plus the sound.

Conclusion

The PetSafe Deluxe Bark Collar (PDBC-300) has the features you would expect in a higher priced collar. Unfortunately the collar is more prone to breakage when compared to other bark collars at this price point. This is unfortunate because this is one of the lightest and smallest full feature collars and there is a lot to like about the collar.

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