Originally Posted by itchydogmom
I have one of those chain collars that snaps. I was thinking about making the introduction like that.
I am not sure what type of collar you are referring to, but please be very careful if you are going to use any equipment or collar that will cause your dog pain or discomfort or anxiety if he is showing any type of aggression like you stated. Most aggressive behavior stems from fear, anxiety, nervousness, stress etc.
So if your dog is reactive to the strangers coming to your home you do NOT want to cause any more
stress to your dog by using a collar that snaps. If you use a painful or negative device your dog may soon learn that strangers coming to your home= pain or discomfort. This can actually make his reactivity worse.
If it merely excitement then you have to work on teaching your dog to relax. He probably hasn't learned what you want him to do. Can you do some "mock" or practice visits with a friend so you can teach your dog how to properly greet people? (ie, sit or lay down, or gentle sniff the visitor while standing, or sit for a treat, etc)
Or maybe in the beginning, hook your dog up with an amazing dog chewie or bone when visitors come over. Put your dog in another room with a baby gate and tell him that your friend is coming over. Then give him the awesome bone to keep him busy while you visit. Or you could set him up for a treasure hunt for small treats. Sprinkle very small bits of food (pea size) for him to find in the baby gated room while you visit with your people. You want to create the association in your dog's brain that visitors are good.
Hence when visitors come, your dog gets a bone or treats. Then when he starts learning and is way calmer, you can start working on proper introductions.
This is just one way to start the process.