Testing the Illusion Dog Collar & Leash Set: By Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan

This morning, I bought the Illusion Dog Collar & Leash Set: By Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan (Medium Black).

As I’ve mentioned before, Bridget has never been the world’s greatest walker, and lately, she’s been going through a bad phase. Even the morning walk, where she usually bounces along, has become something of an ordeal lately. She just doesn’t want to move.

As a result, I’ve decided to try out this special Dog Whisperer collar. At $50 it’s not cheap, so if it doesn’t work, it’s being returned.

I’m a little bit concerned that it seems to be designed for dogs who pull out in front as opposed to a Scottish Terrier who just refuses to budge, but we’re going to give it a go.

If anyone else has tried it, please chime in and let the Scottie News know about your experience.

I’ll keep you all updated on how the Illusion collar works out.

13 thoughts on “Testing the Illusion Dog Collar & Leash Set: By Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan

  1. I m not a Milan fan and do not ever plan to use his methods or means. Sorry but I think he is harsh and definitely not for Scotties!

      1. Torture device, really?! It’s essentially a double collar with a choke collar component made of nylon webbing. If it’s a torture device so is every harness and choke collar out there. Maybe even the “gentle leaders” too.

        We’re going to have to agree to disagree on this one.

    1. LOL Caesar Milan is Harsh? YOu have NO IDEA WTF you are talking about. I suggest you watch a few seasons of The Dog Whisperer and EDUCATE yourself!

      He is the most gentile, calm, patient dog trainer ever! He is never “harsh” with them. Are you referring to the ‘kick’ to the dogs ribcage that you see on his shows sometimes? It’s not a kick in the traditional sence, it’s just use as a tool to distract the dog to snap him out of whatever obsessive or incorrect behaviour Caesar is trying to correct. It’s just a touch to snap them out of it, not meant to harm nor does it.

    1. I’ve thought of that, but I really don’t think it’s the case — although I haven’t ruled it out completely.

  2. Ann,
    Had you considered that it could be that your Scottie really dislikes the notion of being guided by its neck? It’s not uncommon, and I learned that when I was leash training Rory & Fiona. As they grew, they got out of it to a point and then I had to go to a harness because they like to race ahead of me! So, I did some research and learned about the No Pull Harness that is offered by 2Hounds Designs. I have to say that they truly do stop them from pulling and walking is so much more satisfying for all of us. I’d say try a harness. This one works great with our kilted dogs since it’s very thin and they don’t get their skirts in a wad under material. Good luck!

    1. After I bought this contraption, it did occur to me that I should have just tried a regular harness first. Bridget had one has a puppy and hated it, but, who know, she may have changed in five years.

      1. My Peggy went through about 6 different harnesses and promptly backed out of them, but suddenly she liked a product called Vestharness, which has a vest like underpiece and an elastic neck, and clicks together at the waist. No problems at all with it; she wore it all through the summer heat. None of my other Scotties took easily to a collar and I wish I d tried harnesses back then, but they weren’t as easy to fit as now. She walks easily at my left as if she was born knowing how.

  3. Thanks Bev, yes all choke collars are torturing, will cause severe health problems and should be banned. I’m glad Ann, that you now have a normal harness 🙂

    Cesar Millan works with them and also with electronic shock collar and kicking dogs. He is really outdated and cruel in his methods. To cushion symptoms with force and choking has nothing to to with training and does not solve any problem – changes nothing in the emotions of the dog. And I saw him more then once force dog to walk who were apparentely in pain… A serious dog trainer works together with a vet. In this video you can see him choke a dog until he collapses because lack of oxygen. Of course the dog attacks him in his fear of death – this dog will not love other dogs more after this torture! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qh9YOyM2TAk)

    Here you can find arguments from scientist about it – Millan has a very outdated theory of dog behavior: http://beyondcesarmillan.weebly.com/

    Here are also some good articles about it:
    http://dogwilling.weebly.com/articles.html

    Here you can find a good dog book about leashtraining with nice methods and normal harnesses:
    http://www.amazon.com/My-Dog-Pulls-What-Do/dp/1929242239

    I’m also animal psychologist and dog trainer and of course scottie owner. I’m sad when I think about all the dogs that needs to suffer without any reason only because people do what Millan does in the TV. But its a big moneymachine and mafia. I’m glad that some european countries managed to disinvite Millan from his Tour. (http://www.apbc.org.uk/blog/CM_Italy)

    My scotties achieved extraordinary things, but only with fun and motivation (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faItkku4gEM)

    Thanks for thinking about my thoughts.

    Bettina

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