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Front No-Knuckling Training Sock


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Product Details

The Front 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 front paws. Provides training support for pets who drag their front paws due to injury, disease, or front 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: Fibrocartilaginous Embolism (FCE/Stroke) Cervical Vertebral Instability CVI or Wobblers Syndrome, Cervical Disc Disease, and Neurological disorders causing front paw knuckling and dragging.

  • 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.

*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 TV segment on the front No-Knuckling Training Sock here: Dr. Katy’s Pet Show on ABC7.

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Designed and Used by Canine Rehab Professionals

The Front 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.

Front No Knuckle Training Sock

Encourage Pets to Pick Their Foot Up

Designed specifically to help pets dealing with front 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 Front No-Knuckling Training Sock is made up of lightweight materials to avoid excess weight on your pet’s front 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. The Training Sock is best used on pets for two to five-minute walks and removed in between.

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 Chart

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.

SizeTop of Paw to Middle of Carpal JointRecommended Weight
XSmall2″10 – 15 lbs.
Small2.25″15 – 25 lbs.
Medium2.5″25 – 60 lbs.
Large2.75″60 – 100 lbs.
XLarge3″ or Greater< 100 lbs.

Is This Right for your Pet?

How do I know if this will help my pet?

If your pet has weakness in their front end and is dragging their toes or knuckling in any way the Front 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 Front No-Knuckling Training Sock:

The Front No-Knuckling Training Sock is designed to help retrain pets that A.) have suffered from a neurological condition. This causes them to drag the front paws. B.) Older animals are weaker in the front 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 Front 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 Front 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 Front 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

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

Proper Placement and Fit for the No-Knuckling Training Sock


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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.


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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.


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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.


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Place cord loop around and under middle two toes.


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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 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 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 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 the fleece pad should always be touching the 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 a 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 the 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 limbs 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

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the Front No-Knuckling Training Sock work?

The Front No-Knuckling Training Sock stimulates a pet on the skin between the center two toes which evoke a withdrawal reflex which in turn causes the pet to pick their paw 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 the end of exercise.

How do I know if this will help my pet?

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.

How should I expect my pet to walk with the 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 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 snugly around the cord with the softest part touching the paw. Touch fastener edges should always point away from the foot.

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

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.

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 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.

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

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.

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?

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.

How long does it take to see results?

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 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 dog is missing a toe? Can this item still be used?

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.

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

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.

If the dog 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.

Will this work for a dog who “does not pick up its leg?” One customer said that their dog did not have the strength in their leg to pick up the foot?

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.

How do I care for it?

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

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