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Product Details

The Rear No-Knuckling Training Sock is a temporary training/exercise tool designed only for short term use. Helps to encourage pets to pick up their feet when knuckling under or dragging their rear paws. Provides training support for pets who drag their back paws due to injury, disease, or back leg weakness.

Please consult your veterinarian or canine rehabilitation professional prior to purchase to ensure this is the right product to assist in your pet’s rehabilitation.

Ideal for pets with the following conditions: Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD), early stages of Degenerative Myelopathy (DM), Cervical Vertebral Instability CVI or Wobblers Syndrome, Cervical Disc Disease, and Neurological disorders causing rear paw knuckling and dragging.

  • Provides training support for pets who drag their back paws.
  • Encourage Pet to Pick Their Foot Up: Stimulates a pet between its toes, evoking a withdrawal reflex.
  • Designed and Used by Canine Rehab Professionals: perfect for in-clinic use or to enhance at-home training between rehab sessions.
  • Correct Paw Placement: 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.
  • Provides 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

*Designed in the USA by Renee Mills, VT, CCRP (patent pending)*
Please consult with your veterinarian or canine rehabilitation professional before using.
For more information, visit this blog post, read this knuckling article, and watch a TV segment on the Rear No-Knuckling Training Sock here: Dr. Katy’s Pet Show on ABC7.

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Designed and Used by Canine Rehab Professionals

The Rear No-Knuckling Training Sock is perfect for in-clinic use or to enhance at-home training between rehab sessions. Specifically designed to create an easy use at home or in rehab products to assist in consistent exercise and rehabilitation. Always consult with your veterinarian or canine rehabilitation professional before using.

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Encourage Pets to Pick Their Foot Up

Designed specifically to help pets dealing with hind leg weakness! Stimulates a pet between its toes, evoking a withdrawal reflex. This helps them to properly restrain their gait, as well as correct their paws placement and enhance proprioception. Perfect for rehabilitative use for pets recovering from spinal surgery or suffering from disc disease.

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Light Weight and Comfortable Design

The No-Knuckling Training Sock is made up of lightweight materials to avoid excess weight on your pet’s back legs. The touch fastener straps are extra-long to provide additional support above and below the hock joint without adding additional weight to your pet’s leg. Training Sock best used on pets for two to five-minute walks and removed in between.

How to Choose the Right Size

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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.

SizeMeasurement from top of paw to hockWeight
XSmallUp to 3″Up to 15 lbs.
SmallUp to 4″Up to 30 lbs.
Medium4 – 6″30-60 lbs.
Large6 – 8″60-80 lbs.
XLargeGreater than 8″80+ lbs.

If dog is between sizes, go up one size larger.

Is This Right for your Pet?

How do I know if this will help my pet?

If your pet has weakness in their hind end, and is dragging their toes or knuckling in any way the Rear No-Knuckling Training Sock can help them to learn how to properly pick up their feet higher. We ALWAYS recommend consulting with your Veterinarian or Rehabilitation professional before using. Many geriatric pets or those suffering from neurological problems can benefit from using the No-Knuckling Training Sock.

The Rear No-Knuckling Training Sock:

The Rear No-Knuckling Training Sock is designed to help retrain pets that A.) have suffered from a neurological condition. This causes them to drag the Rear paws. B.) Older animals are weaker in the hind end. All can be tied together with a disorder in their spine, or arthritis in the spine that creates weakness on top of the knuckling. The Rear No-Knuckling Training Sock stimulates the nerve endings in between the toes. Invoking a withdrawal reflex that causes the pet to pick up their toes. Rehab Expert Renee Mills designed the Rear No-Knuckling Training Sock for use by Veterinarians, and rehabs but also for at home use by the customer so they can continue their rehab at home, under the advice of their pet’s vet or rehab specialist.

What to Expect:

The Rear No-Knuckling Training Sock is designed to assist pet parents and Vets/Rehabs alike comfortably and safely continue exercising and retraining a pet’s nerve endings to assist in picking up the foot properly. This is not an immediate fix and should be just a STARTING point in your pet’s rehabilitation. It should be thought of as a piece of the puzzle, and not the only solution. As every pet is different in diagnosis and personality the amount of time it will take to see improvement can vary. When initially placed on your pet you will see an immediate improvement. But this is only to be worn a few times a day and up to 2 to 5 minutes at a time each use. When you take it off you may see the paw revert back to dragging/knuckling. Over time you should see this change and you should see your pets’ awareness of how they are placing their paw increase. Working under your Vet/Rehabs advice will help to ensure a smoother transition into use. If being supervised by a Vet or Rehab specialist, they may be able to advise you of further exercises that can be done to help ensure the paw is being retrained properly.

For Best Results:

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 every 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.

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 every 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

STEP 1

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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.

STEP 2

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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.

STEP 3

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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.

STEP 4

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Place cord loop around and under middle two toes.

STEP 5

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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.

Important:

  • Do not wrap the NKTS too tightly, as that may interfere with circulation or limit the mobility of the leg.
  • Do not tighten the 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 manufacturing recommendations may lead to injury of the paw.
  • Softest part of the fleece pad should always be touching the pet’s skin, with a touch fastener edge pointing away from the pet’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 a 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 Rear 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 limbs 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 socks to affected limbs and have patients 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 both hind legs at the same time once the patient is ready for this increase.

Enhanced Cavaletti Poles: Apply socks to affected limbs 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 socks to affected limbs during more difficult walking exercises. This will assist in correct paw placement as you advance your workouts.

Treadmill Patterning: Apply socks 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How should I expect my pet to walk with the Rear No-Knuckling Training Sock on?

The stimulation to your pet’s paw should cause them to pick it up higher when walking.

What if my pet won’t walk with it on?

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.

Will it be uncomfortable for my pet?

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.

What is the reason this product cannot be used on the front leg? Is it a medical reason?

This product is not designed for the anatomy of the pet’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.

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?

The training sock is light weight and comfortable to wear, it will train your pet to lift their foot or leg higher and improve knuckling. When not using the training sock your pet will need to protect their paw from dragging injuries. The Bootie Splint provides rigid support and helps to keep their paw in a natural position while walking, perfect for in between training sock sessions.

Will this help with the knuckling of a pet who has DM?

Yes, when your pet is wearing the No-Knuckling Training Sock it will encourage them to pick their foot up higher.

In pets 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. The training sock will not slow the progression of their DM and may not correct their paw placement when they are no longer wearing the sock. For pets with DM we recommend using the Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair to improve their mobility.

Our size range fits small cats to large pets

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 pet?

This product is designed to be used as a training tool. The pet 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.

How long does it take to see results?

You should see the results as soon as the pet starts wearing the product. You should see more improvement over the next week or two when the pet is not wearing the product. The length of time your pet will need to use the No-Knuckling Training Sock before you see results may vary depending on the underlying cause and severity of your pet’s knuckling.

This is made for short-term use, what is short-term? Is it two weeks, or two months?

This product can be used for a few weeks, or a few months, depending on what your vet or rehab specialist suggests.

Are there any breeds you would not recommend this item be used with?

No, all dog breeds can use this product.

What if the pet is missing a toe? Can this item still be used?

Yes! If the pet 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.

How do you know the fitting is correct? Should the nails/toes be 1/2″ off the ground or 1″?

The pet’s toes should not be lifted off the ground when the pet is wearing this product. If the pet is walking and the toes are not dragging then the fit is correct. If the pet 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.

If the pet does not have toenails due to dragging will this item still work?

Yes, this product is designed to help retrain the pet to lift the leg higher to help prevent scraping of the nails.

Can this be worn by a pet with weak rear legs?

Yes, we designed this specifically to help pets dealing with hind leg weakness! The No-Knuckling Training Sock is made up of lightweight materials to avoid excess weight on your pet’s back legs. The touch fastener straps are extra-long to provide additional support above and below the hock joint without adding additional weight to your pet’s leg.

Can this be worn during my pet’s underwater treadmill session?

Absolutely! In fact, many canine rehabilitation professionals use these as a regular part of their hydrotherapy sessions every day. The No-Knuckling Training Sock is made of neoprene which dries quickly.

Will this work for a pet that does not have enough strength in their leg to pick up the foot?

If the pet 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 pet is able to move his leg on his own, this product will be useful.

How do I care for it?

The Rear No-Knuckling Training Sock should be spot cleaned by hand and air-dried.

Customer Photos & Videos

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

Watch these videos of pets using the No-Knuckling Training Sock!

Product Reviews

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 are the vet and rehab specialist. I got her an extra small and it fit perfectly

-Katrina

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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.

-S. Kienitz


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.

-Nancy Nolan


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!

-Jennifer

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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


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