Review by Peter H (Posted on 5/6/14)
Let down by bad design
Having happily used the Sportdogs sporthunter 1825 training collar for field training I was quick to choose the nobark 18 from Sportdog against the competition.
I like the fact that the correction levels increase steadily and then reset. this is a feature that makes it stand head & shoulders above the rest.
Additionally the auto shut off is a feature rarely found on competitors models and whilst it does not fit my exact particular requirements its better than having no shut off feature at all.
As with my Sportdog Sporthunter 1825 it feels like a sturdy bombproof little unit and should last well. The rubberized coating on Sportdogs items save many of the scrapes scratches etc.
However this Sportdog Nobark 18 scores so badly in my opinion is that the level selection is a raised dial on the outside face of the unit!
I have a female dog who does not need a high level of correction so place the dial in the low selection position. this will correct from levels 1 - 6 only.
But no! this dial as mentioned before is on the outside of the unit so any rolling over, brushing up against fence, floor, scratching, pretty much anything a dog can do apart from sit in one position has the potential to unwittingly increase the level. On a number of occasions I returned to find this on level III correcting from levels 13 - 18 on a dog that needs no more than low level corrections.
On the last occasion she had moved it to level III she was distressed so it will never be used again.
SPORTDOG RESPONSE: We're sorry to hear you did not enjoy the system. The SBC-18 is set up not to easily change with user intervention, but it could be possible if a dog was hard enough on it to switch the mode possibly. The SBC-18 actually has 18 levels of corrections though. The SBC-6 only offers 6 as our most basic and easiest to use system. If you would like more correction options, you may look into the SBC-10R. It's our rechargeable collar and does not involve a dial for changing modes.
Quite why someone designed the nobark 18 this way, and quite why Sportdog have not changed this is beyond me. Again I was a happy Sportdog customer & continue to use the Sporthunter 1825 but the nobark 18 in its current configuration is very badly designed.