Finding the right harness for your pet can be challenging – especially with so many different styles available on the market. At RC Pets, we make this process easier with our carefully designed harness selection that addresses the all-important needs of pets and guardians

Why should I consider buying a harness?

Harnesses offer many advantages over collars. Some of these benefits include: 

• Providing a comfortable way for puppies to learn how to walk on a leash 
• Preventing dogs from slipping out
• Avoiding injuries in neck and trachea – specially for dogs that like to pull
• Helping short snout breeds breathe easier during walks
• Reducing likelihood of leash getting tangled between your dog’s legs
• Helping dogs learn proper walking behaviour (harnesses designed with front or dual connection points)
• Allowing guardians to keep pets under control during unexpected situations
• Helping guardians keep pets under control during car rides (a great way to avoid distractions while driving

The guide below will help you understand the differences between harness styles and assist you with your next purchase.

Training, control or comfort?


Comfort harnesses are best suited for well trained dogs that just want to be comfortable on their everyday walks. They are designed to disperse pressure on the dog’s body rather than the neck and are easy to put on and take off. This type of harness is a great option for puppies, elderly dogs, and small breeds.

Key features to look for:

- Simple and easy step-in design
- Buckle or hook & loop style closure
- Breathable or lightweight fabrics


Control harnesses are designed to offer greater control over your dog so that you can manage unexpected situations. Design features such as back handles allow guardians to help dogs over difficult terrain, prevent overly excited dogs from lunging or jumping or even limit movement while riding in a car. These harnesses are great options for active and enthusiastic breeds!

Key features to look for:

- Sturdy design and materials
- Multiple points of adjustability
- Control handle on the back
- Car restraint features


Pulling is one of the top concerns guardians mention when talking with trainers. Training harnesses use several specific design features (such as front connection points and tightening sections in the front or back) to help target unwanted pulling behaviour and promote healthy and stress-free walking habits. These harnesses facilitate effective guardian-to-dog communication and keep your dog focused on you! They are a helpful training aid for guardians of large, zesty, or pulling breeds.

Key features to look for:

- Front or dual connection points for leash
- Martingale features on front or back

Helpful tips when selecting a harness

1. Different styles have different fits. When buying a harness, make sure to follow the manufacturer’s sizing and fitting instructions. This includes using a soft measuring tape to take your dog’s neck and girth measurements. The girth is the widest part of your dog’s chest. For most dogs, this means placing the measuring tape just behind the front legs and wrapping it around your dog’s back.

It is always recommended to allow a little “give” when fitting your dog’s harness to prevent chafing and pinching. The general rule of thumb is no more than “two fingers” of space between your dog and the harness.

2. Consider environmental factors that can affect your pet, like weather. Guardians living in hot climates should consider minimalistic designs (e.g. webbing harnesses) or lightweight and breathable fabrics. In colder climates, harnesses with chest coverage will keep dogs more comfortable during walks.

3. Pick the right colour. Beyond personal choice, the colour of your harness can help your dog be more visible at night. If safety in low-light conditions is a priority, choose bright or neon colours, or look for reflective features in the harness design.

We created a helpful visual guide so you can compare our harnesses easily. Be sure to check it out: