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.
How to Choose the Right Size
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.|
Assembly & Usage 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
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.
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.
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.
Place cord loop around and under middle two toes.
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.
- 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 Usage Instructions
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 the 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 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Front No-Knuckling Training Sock stimulates a dog on the skin between the center 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.
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.
The stimulation to your pet’s paw should cause them to pick it up higher when walking.
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.
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.
This product is not designed for the anatomy of the dog’s rear leg, since the angle and use of the rear leg are very different from the front. Please see Rear Leg NKTS for a product for the rear leg.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This product can be used for a few weeks, or a few months, depending on what your vet or rehab specialist suggests.
No, all dog breeds can use this product.
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.
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.
Yes, this product is designed to help retrain the pet to lift the leg higher to help prevent scraping of the nails.