The Rear No-Knuckling Training Sock is a temporary training tool for short-term, multiple use to help correct gait and improve rear paw placement. Designed in the USA by Renee Mills, VT, CCRP to combat knuckling (patent pending).
- Provides training support for pets who drag their back paws.
- Stimulates a dog between its toes, evoking a withdrawal reflex and causes him to pick the foot up higher.
- Designed to enhance proprioception.
- Perfect for rehabilitative use for pets recovering from spinal surgery or suffering from disc disease.
- Lightweight, comfortable, and adjustable, with convenient touch-fastener closures.
- Designed to support above and below the joint which is crucial.
- Training Sock best used on pet for two to five-minute walks and removed in between.
- Conditions that benefit: IVDD, DM, Wobbler’s (CVI), FCE, Cervical Disc Disease, and Neurological disorders causing knuckling of the rear paw.
Please consult with your veterinarian or canine rehabilitation professional before using.
How to Choose the Right Size
Measure from Point A to Point B on your dog while standing, to determine which size No-Knuckling Training Sock will best fit your pet.
For best results, the dog needs to be standing when taking this measurement.
Point A: is located at the center of hock joint.
Point B: is located on top of the paw.
|Size||Measurement from top of paw to hock||Weight|
|XSmall||Up to 3″||Up to 15 lbs.|
|Small||Up to 4″||Up to 30 lbs.|
|Medium||4 – 6″||30-60 lbs.|
|Large||6 – 8″||60 to 80 lbs.|
|XLarge||Greater than 8″||80+ lbs.|
If dog is between sizes, go up one size.
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 hind leg at a time. Wearing during the beginning of ever walk will have the best outcome. Remove when training exercise is complete.
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
Spread open the No-Knuckling Training Sock (NKTS), attaching each strap to itself while keeping it open. Then wrap the NKTS around hock joint on lower hind leg. Be sure to keep cord loop free and positioned on front of leg.
Keeping cord loop free and over straps, secure touch fastener straps, starting with the bottom. Then secure top strap. Finally, if there is a third strap, tighten it last, below the hock joint.
Wrap fleece pad around toe portion of cord loop. This will add extra padding between cord and toes. Keep soft fleece closest to dog’s paw, touch fastener should face the ground.
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 more and test again.
- 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 intervals at the beginning of the walk and 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.
Note: It is best to use the NKTS at the beginning of a walk for best results. Straps are intentionally left long so that they provide the right amount of support above and below the hock joint where the support is needed. The hock joint is intentionally left exposed so that there is no undue pressure on the joint itself.
Professionals Guide to the No-Knuckling Training Sock
The Rear 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 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 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 hind 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 Rear No-Knuckling Training Sock, please email us or post on our Help & Advice area at HandicappedPets.net.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Rear No-Knuckling Training Sock stimulates a dog on the skin between the center two toes which evokes a withdrawal reflex which in turn causes the pet to pick the up higher. For best results wear for short 2-5 minute intervals multiple times throughout the day, at the beginning of your walk. And remove the training sock at end of 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 Rear 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. For comfort make sure that fleece pad is wrapped around cord with softest part touching the paw, touch fastener side should always point away from foot.
This product is not designed for the anatomy of the dog’s front leg, since the angle and use of the front leg is very different from the rear. Please see Front NKTS for a product for the front leg.
The training sock is lighter weight and will train the dog to lift his/her foot or 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 scrapping of the nails.
Customer Photos & Videos
No-Knuckling Training Sockpet photos, sent in by happy customers!
Watch these videos of pets using the No-Knuckling Training Sock!
LCPD Doesn’t Stop this Girl!
I tried this sock and within the first couple of walks, we made more progress than six sessions of underwater therapy. I’m blown away at how good she’s doing and so is the vet and rehab specialist. I got her an extra small and it fit perfectly
Both paws, No more Knuckling!
Boomer has used these knuckling socks for about a week now on both back legs and noticed improvement after about 3-4 days. He gets around in them very comfortably and without knuckling, and we do believe they are re-training his foot position.
Beating the Odds with No-Knuckling Training Sock!
After using the No-Knuckling Training Sock on and off for about 10 days, she no longer needs it! She’s perked up and is happy again! Thank you for extending the time I have left with my Rajah.
This Product has been AMAZING!
Recently Rupert suffered a Fibrocartilaginous Embolism, steroids and daily muscle therapy helped a lot, but he still couldn’t walk without his paw turning under. Not only does it work exactly as it’s supposed to, but it has helped train his foot to not turn under anymore!
No-Knuckling Training Sock is light and adjustable!
The No-Knuckling Training Sock is light and adjustable. Most of the other similar devices are heavier and need to be custom-fitted which presents a distinct disadvantage. The No-Knuckling Training Sock represents a great improvement.
H. Steven Steinberg, VMD, DACVIM (Neurology), CCRT
Great for Rehabilitation Patients
The No-Knuckling Training Sock has been very helpful for many of my rehabilitation patients. It is very lightweight and easy to put on. Also, I’m impressed with how comfortable it is. Dogs can wear it during numerous exercises or walks around the neighborhood and don’t seem bothered by it at all.
Robin Price, RVT, CCRP
Walking again after FCE!
I’ve tried other similar products, but because of their weight, it only made the dragging worse. The No-Knuckling Training Sock is very lightweight and fits him perfectly. Even with an abnormal gait, the Training Sock stayed in place and didn’t move around.
April Milchak, CCRA