Thank you to Renee Mills, CCRP, inventor of the No-Knuckling Training Sock, for writing this blog post.
“My dog drags her paws when we go for walks.”
“Sport just doesn’t seem strong enough to lift the booties we’re using anymore.”
These were common concerns my clients would voice to me on a daily basis while working within a Veterinary Rehabilitation Department. As a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner, I spent years treating patients that were recovering from spinal surgeries, had suffered a stroke, or were just getting older and weak in the hind end. I would design rehab programs to include exercises that would increase strength and proprioception based on each patient’s needs. Dogs would walk over poles, balance on exercise balls, and wear booties to remind them to pick up their hind feet higher.
Finding the Best Solution
One common occurrence was most dogs would drag their hind legs more with booties on as they were still building strength during the recovery process. I struggled to advise my clients on the best solution to this problem. There was nothing lightweight enough on the market for these dogs. How could this be? I’d been experimenting with something to encourage these dogs to pick their hind feet up higher . . . then a light bulb went off.
The Gap Is Filled!
It was time to put the concept to the test. I started trying different materials, reworking strap placements, and spent countless hours using my own dog Cookie Monster as a baseline for development. After months of clinical trials, the positive patient response was overwhelming, and the No-Knuckling Training Sock was born.
I was seeing immediate results with my patients; it was lightweight, durable, and could even be used in the underwater treadmill by professionals. The gap in assistive devices for pets was now filled.
The No-Knuckling Training Sock was designed to encourage pets to lift their hind legs higher and decrease dragging or scuffing. Created specifically with hind leg weakness in mind, the joint supportive sock aids in retraining dogs how to walk again. The sock is a temporary training tool. It’s meant for short-term, multiple use to best retrain correct gait and hind paw placement.
So how does it work?
You place the training sock around the hock joint, put the padded nylon cord between the middle toes, and tighten. The padded cord stimulates the dog between the toes, which in return causes them to pick up the limb. It’s that simple to aid in the recovery of your four-legged family member.
Most commonly pet owners will place the sock on their pet for a two to five minute walk and then remove. For recommendations tailored specifically to your pet, it’s always best to consult with your Veterinarian or Physical Rehabilitation professional before using. They will be able to assist in developing the most beneficial time frames for usage and even work them in to other rehab exercises.
Thinking Outside the Box
Reflecting on the long journey which lead to the No-Knuckling Training Sock, I can’t help but look back at the fond memories of so many dogs who inspired me to think outside of the box. They challenged me to create a solution, to find a way to get them back on their feet. To know that I’ve invented hope for dogs and pet owners’ alike facing a tough illness, is the most heartwarming outcome I could’ve dreamed of!
To find out more about the No-Knuckling Training Sock, including purchase price and specifics, go here: http://www.handicappedpets.com/no-knuckling-training-sock