I agree with lopin that the prongs are indeed safe. We upland bird hunt and use a system from Dogtra for Dell. There are paging modes (vibration), a beeper for us to hear where the dogs are & shock should they get too rangy or scare up & chase something they shouldn't like a deer. Happened once, I would much rather shock the dog to break that focus than have him running for miles and god only knows what would happen. For us it is not generally used for behavioral issues but more as a just in case because we have a lot of time & money invested in him.
If I were dealing with a similar issue as the op, I would not hesitate to use a collar after exhausting traditional training methods. Posted via Mobile Device
Oh, also meant to mention saddlebag, a trick to use after the dog has been collar trained and with it on won't try to misbehave, not giving you a chance to correct them (my old female shorthair was that way, collar went on she was the best behaved dog in the world lol) you can tape a d size battery to a regular collar and they think they have the shock collar on. ;) Posted via Mobile Device
If the dog is getting upset because of everyone put him in a room away from all the hussle. My families older great dane/pit mix can only stand so much of the movement of relatives when they come over. It makes him uneasy.
So we put him in the garage where his crate is and give him that whole area to himself. Then he can regroup and then every so often we will bring him in to say hi and then bring him back out.
That way he can't get all worked up and react and everyone doesn't have to change how the get around.
I am not against the shock collars. I have a vibrate dogtra collar and absolutely love it. I use to regain focus when my pup starts to track a scent or chase something. I wouldn't however be punishing him more or less for getting upset when his house has a change in atmosphere. It can upset a dog to change so I would just let him greet everyone and then put him into a seperate room until things calm down.
I have been considering getting one of these- are they safe for small dogs? My dachshund is absolutely STUPID about cars. We have a very long driveway and he runs directly AT cars coming in. I have tried reprimanding him, etc. but when he gets in "chase" mode his recall is awful (typical dachsie). He is not actually chasing, but greeting. He is extremely friendly and since people get out of cars he seems to think cars are friendly! I have posted signs all along the driveway but he is so short it would be easy for someone to not see him. I am thinking a shock collar might solve this problem and save his life.