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Front No-Knuckling Training Sock
Front No-Knuckling Training Sock: Helps dogs pick up their feet when knuckling under or dragging their front paws.
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Front No-Knuckling Training Sock – Instructional Video

 

The Front No-Knuckling Training Sock is a temporary training tool for short-term, multiple use to help correct gait and improve front paw placement. Designed in the USA by Renee Mills, VT, CCRP to combat knuckling (patent pending).

  • Provides training support for dogs who drag their front paws.
  • Stimulates a dog between its toes, evoking a withdrawal reflex and causes him/her to pick the foot up higher.
  • Designed to enhance proprioception, while also supporting above and below the joint.
  • Perfect for rehabilitative use for pets recovering from spinal surgery or suffering from disc disease.
  • Lightweight, comfortable, and adjustable, with convenient touch-fastener closures.
  • Training Sock best used on pet for two to five-minute walks throughout the day and removed in between.
  • Conditions that benefit: Cervical Vertebral Instability (CVI) or Wobbler’s Syndrome, Cervical Disc Disease, FCE, Neurological Disorders causing front paw knuckling.

Please consult with your veterinarian or canine rehabilitation professional before using.

For more information, visit this blog post, read this knuckling article, and watch TV segment on the No-Knuckling Training Sock here: Dr. Katy’s Pet Show on ABC7.

Sizing

When sizing your pet for the Front No-Knuckling Training Sock we ask that you reference the guides below. You will find a Top of Paw to Carpal Joint chart. Measure and use the guide to let you know which size best fits your pet’s measurement. Then reference the recommended weight chart to see if that size corresponds with your pet’s weight. If your pet is a different size in both charts, then go with the Top of Paw chart. We list the weight chart as a courtesy to assist pet owners with sizing. But we know every pet is made differently, so don’t hesitate to contact one of our customer service representatives with any questions

 

Top of Paw to Carpal Joint

Measure from top of paw to middle of carpal joint on your pet. Ideally try to do this with your pet in a standing position. If that’s not possible, your pet may not be ready for the Front No-Knuckling Training Sock and we recommend you consult your Veterinarian for advice.

Size Top of Paw to Middle of Carpal Joint Recommended Weight
XSmall 2″ 10 – 15 lbs.
Small 2.25″ 15 – 25 lbs.
Medium 2.5″ 25 – 60 lbs.
Large 2.75″ 60 – 100 lbs.
XLarge 3″ or Greater < 100 lbs.

Instructions

For Best Outcome: We recommend you use this temporary training tool during multiple walks for two to five-minute intervals on one lower front leg at a time. Remove when training exercise is complete. Wearing during the beginning of your walk will have the best outcome.

If you have questions about how or when to use the No-Knuckling Training Sock, check with your veterinarian or physical rehabilitation professional for guidance. You may also post questions on our Help & Advice area at HandicappedPets.net.

Proper Placement and Fit for the No-Knuckling Training Sock

STEP 1

Front No-Knuckling Training Sock Step 1

Wrap fleece pad portion around toe portion of cord loop. This will add extra padding between cord and toes. Soft fleece should always be closest to dog’s paw, touch fastener side should face the ground to avoid irritation.

STEP 2

Front No-Knuckling Training Sock Step 2

Spread open the No-Knuckling Training Sock (NKTS). Then wrap the NKTS around the front of Carpal joint on lower front leg. You will be centering the wrap on front of leg over the joint with label over the joint and cord fastener ideally positioned just below joint.

STEP 3

Front No-Knuckling Training Sock Step 3

Keeping cord loop free and over straps, secure touch fastener straps, starting with the top strap. Then secure bottom strap last. The bottom strap may cover the nylon cord piece.

STEP 4

Front No-Knuckling Training Sock Step 4

Place cord loop around and under middle two toes.

STEP 5

Front No-Knuckling Training Sock Step 5

Pull slowly at top of cord to tighten. Then test your dog’s reaction. If there is no reaction, gradually tighten core more and test again. If you’re having trouble pulling the cord taught, you may try loosening the bottom strap slightly. Once the cord is set appropriately, re-tighten the bottom strap.

Important:
*Do not wrap the NKTS too tightly, as that may interfere with circulation or limit the mobility of leg.
*Do not tighten cord to the point where it could cause irritation or pull the toes up too far.
*Do not leave the NKTS on your pet for extended periods of time. It’s designed to be a short term training tool. NKTS should be used for 2-5 minute at the beginning of a walk and then removed. Misuse or extended wear beyond manufacture recommendations may lead to injury of the paw.
*Softest part of fleece pad should always be touching dog’s skin with touch fastener edge pointing away from dog’s paw.
*Placement of any brace, wrap or support on your pet may cause them to kick leg or paw trying to remove product.
*Do not leave the NKTS on pet unattended.

Professional Use

Professionals Guide to the No-Knuckling Training Sock

The No-Knuckling Sock is designed to enhance proprioception in patients with neurological deficits. The sensory stimulation acts as a reminder for pets to lift their limb higher. It can be utilized as a gait retraining tool. The lightweight nature of the neoprene is designed to target patients with front limb weakness. This product may be used by rehabilitation professionals as part of a treatment plan. Pet owners can also be instructed to use it for at-home training sessions. There are numerous ways to incorporate the use of the Front No-Knuckling Training Sock into your practice.

Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

No-Knuckling Training Sock Walks: Apply sock to affected limb and have patient walk slowly for two to five minutes. If deficits are bilateral, apply to only one leg at a time to begin. You may progress to longer walks or using on both front legs at the same time once patient is ready for this increase.

Enhanced Cavaletti Poles: Apply sock to affected limb during the Cavaletti poles exercise. If a patient is still hitting bars, this will add an extra reminder to pick that foot up.

Enhanced Figure 8s or Cone Weaving: Apply sock to affected limb during more difficult walking exercises. This will assist in correct paw placement as you advance your workouts.

Treadmill Patterning: Apply sock to affected limbs. This will greatly enhance any patterning exercise using a land or underwater treadmill. Time of use and progression during this exercise is at the professional’s discretion. If used in the underwater treadmill, be certain to remove after workout and let sock air-dry before next use.

If you have questions about how or when to use the Front No-Knuckling Training Sock, please email us or post on our Help & Advice area at HandicappedPets.net.

FAQs

Q: How does the Front No-Knuckling Training Sock work?
A: The Front No-Knuckling Training Sock stimulates a dog on the skin between the center toe toes, evoking a withdrawal reflex in the front foot, causing the pet to pick the foot up higher. For best results wear for short 2-5 minute intervals multiple times during the day and remove at the end of the exercise.

Q: How do I know if this will help my pet?
A: We recommend consulting with your Veterinarian or Rehabilitation professional before using.  Many geriatric pets or those suffering from neurological problems will benefit from using the No-Knuckling Training Sock.

Q: How should I expect my pet to walk with the No-Knuckling Training Sock on?
A: The stimulation to your pet’s paw should cause them to pick it up higher when walking.

Q: What if my pet won’t walk with it on?
A: You may need to use treats and encouragement as motivation to walk.  It’s a new concept for your pet to learn and may take time.

Q: Will it be uncomfortable for my pet?
A: The Front No-Knuckling Sock is a training tool and not designed for long term use.  If used correctly it will solely stimulate your pet and not cause any irritation. To ensure your pet’s comfort, keep the fleece pad wrapped snuggly around the cord with the softest part touching the paw. Touch fastener edge should always point away from foot.

Q: What is the reason this product cannot be used on the rear leg? Is it a medical reason?
A: This product is not designed for the anatomy of the dog’s rear leg, since the angle and use of the rear leg is very different from the front. Please see Rear Leg NKTS for a product for the rear leg.

Q: Why would you suggest this item instead of or in place of another? What are the pros and cons of using this item along with or instead of the bootie splint?
A: The training sock is lighter weight and will train the dog to lift his/her foot or hind leg higher and improve knuckling. The Bootie Splint is a good product to use along with the No-Knuckling Training Sock.

Q: Will this help with the knuckling of a dog who has DM?
A: Yes, it will help dogs who have been diagnosed with DM. It will encourage the pet to pick up the foot higher and be more aware of foot placement. In dogs who are in the later stages of DM, there will be less progress but it will still help by encouraging them to pick up the leg higher and as a strengthening tool.

Q: Why do you only use this product for 2-5 minutes at a time? What if you used it for longer, say 1/2 hour? Would it hurt the dog?
A: This product is designed to be used as a training tool. The dog will be working harder than normal to walk, so you do not want to overexert him or her or cause any skin irritation to the toes. This product is most beneficial to the pet by using it for short, frequent applications.

Q: How long does it take to see results?
A:  You should see the results as soon as the dog starts wearing the product. You should see more improvement over the next week or two when the dog is not wearing the product.

Q: This is made for short-term use, what is short term? Is it two weeks, or two months?
A: This product can be used for a few weeks, or a few months, depending on what your vet or rehab specialist suggests.

Q: Are there any breeds you would not recommend this item be used with?
A:  No, all dog breeds can use this product.

Q: What if the dog is missing a toe? Can this item still be used?
A: Yes! If the dog is missing one of the middle toes, you would just put the strap around the remaining toe. Putting the strap around the outer toes is not recommended.

Q: How do you know the fitting is correct? Should the nails/toes be 1/2″ off the ground or 1″?
A: The dog’s toes should not be lifted off the ground when the dog is wearing this product. If the dog is walking and the toes are not dragging then the fit is correct. If the dog is still able to drag the toes when wearing the product you will need to tighten the cord. The hock portion should be visible out of the back of the sock as shown in pictures on the website.

Q: If the dog does not have toe nails due to dragging will this item still work?
A: Yes, this product is designed to help retrain the pet to lift the leg higher to help prevent scrapping of the nails.

Q: Will this work for a dog who “does not pick up their leg?” One customer said that their dog did not have strength in their leg to pick up the foot.
A:  If the dog is still able to use his leg, then he will be able to use this product. You can also use this product in conjunction with our Walkin’ Lift Harness or with our Walkin’ Wheels Wheelchair As long as the dog is able to move his leg on his own, this product will be useful.

Photos

Front No-Knuckling Training Sock photos, sent in by happy customers!

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Reviews

Frenchie Uses Front No-Knuckling Training Sock to Walk Better!

Here is a video of Yoko in her Front No-Knuckling Training Socks! She’s been using them for 5 minutes a day, and is slowly getting better. Thank you again so much!!

– @yoko.the.frenchie22

 

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