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Knuckling Products to Help with Dragging Paws

Knuckling is a problem for many dogs. This is especially true for dogs in the early stages of degenerative myelopathy (DM) or those in the rehabilitative process of overcoming neurological deficits. Walkin’ Pets offers a variety of products to assist dogs with regaining or maintaining proper placement of their paws while walking.

Training Tools for Front & Rear Paw Dragging

Pets with neurological conditions often experience weakened limbs and struggle with paw placement. The No-Knuckling Training Socks are designed specifically with these pets in mind. These assistive devices encourage your dog to lift their paw and place the paw back on the ground without dragging their feet.

The Front and Rear No-Knuckling Training Socks are the only knuckling products on the market to be made of the lightest weight materials and provide additional support above and below the joint. This is crucial for successful proprioception training, especially for pets dealing with limb weakness.

Rear No-Knuckling Training Sock


Dogs that are dragging or scuffing their back paws benefit from the Rear No-Knuckling Training Sock. This training sock is ideal for in-clinic use by canine rehabilitation professionals. It can also be used by pet owners for at-home exercise in between therapy sessions. The training sock is intended for short-term, multiple use. It is an excellent tool to help correct gait and improve hind paw placement.

Front No-Knuckling Training Sock

Front No-Knuckling Training Sock for dragging paws

This training tool is perfect for helping dogs that struggle with correct paw placement in their front legs!

Help retrain your dog and correct proprioception in their front feet with the Front No-Knuckling Training Sock. Like the popular training sock for the rear, this is perfect for in-home rehabilitative sessions. Enhance your pet’s rehab training sessions and underwater therapy with either the front or rear No-Knuckling Training Sock.


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Paw Protection for Dragging Feet

Bootie Splint

dog splint

bootie splint is ideal for dogs knuckling in either their front or rear paws. It provides support underneath the foot and extends to just below the hock or carpal joint.

For dogs that are knuckling and in need of stabilization of the hock or carpal joints, the standard front or rear splints will provide full support while also extending underneath the paw. The Bootie Splint features a rubber traction pad on the bottom to help pets keep their grip as they walk. A splint is an excellent option for in-between uses of a dog’s No-Knuckling Training Sock.

Pet Boots

pet boot for senior dog

Another option to protect dragging paws and prevent scraping injuries for one or more paws is the use of our Walkin’ Pet Boots.

While the boots do not provide stabilizing support, they will protect the feet. They can also provide traction for dogs on slippery surfaces, such as tile or hardwood floors. Dog boots also help keep paws warm, which can help arthritic pets avoid joint discomfort in their toes.

Soothe Paws with Paw Butter

Heal your dog’s dry, cracked, irritated, or aching paws with soothing paw butter. A canine rehab specialist designed a canine rehab specialist created a canine rehab specialist created Beezley’s Butter was created by a canine rehab specialist to help protect your dog’s paws. Made of all-natural ingredients, it’s safe and gentle on your dog’s feet as it promotes good paw health.


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  2. My standard poodle is having severe difficulties with his back rear legs. They seem all of a sudden to have no strength. Well this has been happening slowly, but now it is so serious, I cannot lift him. I am heartbroken since I just had to put my angel Mo down last week..cancer OMG
    He seems to know all of a sudden have no strength at all. I hold him up, use a sling and he is still falling down, Now he is walking on his front paw, the on the ankle joint, Is this called knuckling
    I am not sure if he needs both front and back help now, since this just started happening more
    severally, Does he need braces on the back legs and something on the front leg too,
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