PetSafe’s Vibration Bark Collar has the superior dual sensor bark detector. It includes both a microphone and a vibration sensor to detect barking. The dual bark sensor leads to fewer false alarms, as both sensors need to agree that the dog is barking for the correction to be activated. We find the sensor on this collar is rarely prone to false alarms. If anything the trigger is slightly too insensitive – in testing we find it occasionally did not trigger under light barking – but not enough to cause alarm.
The PBC00-12789 bark collar vibrates, much like a cell-phone with the ringer on vibration mode. The collar has ten different vibration patterns of different lengths, and mixes it up so that the dog is less likely to become accustomed to a specific vibration pattern.
We find the vibration correction to work with only very submissive dogs who are light barkers. The vibration at best redirects attention in these dogs. The vibration is not a strong enough a correction to overcome barking in more assertive dogs and serious barkers. The effectiveness of this collar tends to diminish over time as the dog becomes accustomed to the sensation of the vibration and may even disregard the correction.
We find the effectiveness of the vibration collar is similar to that of spray bark collars, without the inconvenience of needing to be constantly replenished and without the unreliability associated with spray collars. However, shock bark collars are the better options for most dogs.
A red light on the collar illuminates to let you know when the dog receives a vibration correction. The vibration noise is also audible in a quiet room. This feedback is useful because it helps you know if the collar is properly triggering. Even better would be a tone so that you could know if the collar was activated even if you aren’t looking directly at the collar when the dog barks.
PetSafe Proprietary Battery
The PetSafe Vibrating Bark Collar uses the proprietary PetSafe RFA-188. This disposable battery costs around $10 and lasts 2-3 months in the collar before it requires replacing. You can squeeze a little more time out of the battery by rotating the battery to the off position when the collar is not in use.
The collar band on the PetSafe PBC00-12789 Vibration Bark Collar is a black nylon cloth collar. The collar band can be completely removed from the collar, allowing you to pop it into the washing machine. The collar can be adjusted from to a minimum of 6 inches up to a maximum of 27 inches.
The PetSafe Vibration Bark Control Collar is a good option for more submissive dogs and a no-hassle alternative to a spray collar. The dual sensor bark detection mechanism is excellent. We find the vibration more effective at redirecting a dog than the spray mechanism – and less temperamental. However, for most dogs with a stronger temperament, the correction will be too weak and a shock collar will be more effective.
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