Thomas Bates Pet Collar and Leash Review
Active Gear Review is supported by its audience. If you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Thomas Bates Pet Collar and Leash
My German Shepherd mix is one of those dogs who very much goes his own way. I’ve seen plenty of dogs walk contentedly off-leash beside their people, never seeming to care about the squirrel foraging overhead, the cat sleeping on a front porch, or the poorly behaved pooch choking himself on his collar to unsuccessfully catch a bird taking flight. My dog isn’t one of those well-behaved pups; he’s the one launching for the bird.
So, for him, a leash and collar are a necessity at all times. It turns out my dog also is a bit of a prima donna, so a collar and leash ensemble with custom patterns is right up his alley.
What luck that Thomas Bates offers sturdy, custom-patterned dog collar and leash products! My dog and I have put a paw-printed Thomas Bates pet collar and leash combo through its paces.
Thomas Bates Visiontree Technology
Thomas Bates makes its pet products using the same technology behind the company’s broader array of custom-patterned fabric products. (Thomas Bates also makes non-patterned products like the one reviewed here). The Visiontree technology is a patented process that allows digital dye transfer onto narrow fabrics like belts and pet collars and leashes.
Using the Visiontree technology, Thomas Bates offers a bewildering number of custom prints for its products – more than 400 in total. There’s certainly plenty of choice for personal expression with these goods. Yet, when shopping for my collar/leash combo, all that choice on the Thomas Bates website was a bit overwhelming, but I managed to narrow it down to the paw prints. In either case, plenty of wonderful design to suit your taste.
Thomas Bates Pet Collar and Leash Material and Design
I selected a Navy medium collar (10 to 16 inch circumference) and leash (5 foot length) adorned with tan paw prints. Both collar and leash are constructed of 1-inch wide nylon blend webbing.
Out of the box, the Thomas Bates pet collar and leash’s high quality, including the nylon fabric, stitching, plastic buckles, and metal hardware, is apparent. The nylon fabric is very sturdy and suitable for holding more weight than my 60-pound pooch.
The paw print pattern also looked identical to its rendering online during ordering. I was, however, a bit surprised to find the navy background and tan paw prints appeared only on one side of the collar and leash material. The backside is black. On review of the Thomas Bates website, I see the one-sided pattern fairly represented online, but I did not look closely during the ordering process. I simply assumed the pattern would cover both sides of the leash.
The net effect is that, on the leash, the pattern is not as visible as I’d hoped when in use.
A functional drawback to the leash for my pup at least became apparent during our first outing. The nylon fabric is a bit more slippery than the leashes (also constructed of nylon) I’ve used with my dog for the last couple of years. The Thomas Bates leash can slide through my hands fairly easily under assertive pulling from my dog.
The leash is a “single handle” design with the only handle at the very end of the leash. For my dog, who is in perpetual training, I would prefer a leash with a second handle located nearer the collar for added two-hand control. I ended up wrapping the lower end of the leash around my hand to synthesize double handle control, but that ended up being very uncomfortable.
Who The Thomas Bates Pet Collar and Leash Is For
From a functional perspective, my impression is that the Thomas Bates pet leash would work perfectly for smaller dogs as well as very obedient larger dogs. My dog is just too strong and undisciplined for the Thomas Bates leash design. The collar works very well even for my mischievous mutt as it stood up very well to my dog’s yanking when paired with a double handle leash I own.
There is no denying the attraction of a custom-printed collar and leash, and the array of Thomas Bates pet collar and leash offerings is highly impressive. Perusing the available prints is recommended for owners of well-behaved dogs.
The Thomas Bates Pet Collar and Leash features a wide array of custom prints, and is produced with quality in mind. The ability to pick and choose any design is great for personalizing your dogs wardrobe ensemble. My experience with the Thomas Bates pet collar and leash has been a bit mixed. The collar in particular looks fantastic and fits my dog perfectly. I would look to Tomas Bates to add a two leash handle to their product line to accommodate the more rambunctious pup.
For more information and purchase please visit www.amazon.com/thomasbates.