Rear No-Knuckling Training Sock


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Product ID: 3372 SKU: SPLINT:No-Knuckle Categories: , ,

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 and enhance proprioception. Designed in the USA by Renee Mills, VT, CCRP (patent pending).

Clinical Advantages

  • Provides training support for pets who drag their back paws
  • Stimulates dog between its toes, evoking a withdrawal reflex and causes him to pick the foot up higher.
  • Lightweight design to accommodate patients with hind limb weakness
  • Touch-fastener straps wrap around leg to provide additional support above and below the joint
  • Perfect for rehabilitative use for pets recovering from spinal surgery or suffering from disc disease

Conditions that Benefit: IVDD, DM, Cervical Vertebral Instability, FCE, Cervical Disc Disease, and Neurological Disorders causing rear paw knuckling.

For Best Outcome: Guide patients to 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 and remove when training exercise is complete.

Please note that the Rear No-Knuckling Pro Kit available through this product page is not customizable. This kit will contain 5 training socks- one of each size.

Professionals Guide to the No-Knuckling Training SockThe 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. Instruct pet owners on how 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 contact our Veterinary Resources Team at 1-866-578-2926

No-Knuckling Training Sock Measuement

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 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″ 60-80 lbs.
XLarge Greater than 8″ 80+

If dog is between sizes, go up one size.

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. For at-home use advise pet parents that wearing during the beginning of ever walk will have the best outcome and always remove when training exercise is complete.

Proper Placement and Fit for the No-Knuckling Training Sock


Step 1 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.


Step 2 No-Knuckling Training Sock

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 No-Knuckling Training Sock

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 No-Knuckling Training Sock

Place cord loop around and under middle two toes.


Step 5 No-Knuckling Training Sock

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 or rehab session 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.

How does the Rear No-Knuckling Training Sock work?
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.

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 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 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.

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 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 toe nails 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 scrapping of the nails.

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.
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.

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