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Rear No-Knuckling Training Sock


No-Knuckling Training Sock

Product Details

The Rear No-Knuckling Training Sock is a temporary, 2-5 minute training and exercise tool intended for short term use as part of a rehab program. The training sock works on the pathway from the withdrawal reflex in the paw to the brain, helping pets pick up their rear feet when knuckling under or dragging due to nerve damage, injury, disease, or hind limb 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.

  • To be used for 2-5 minute training sessions and removed in between.
  • Encourage Pet to Pick Their Foot Up: Stimulates a pet between the 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.
  • Corrects Paw Placement: Designed to enhance proprioception.
  • Lightweight, comfortable, and adjustable, with convenient touch-fastener closures.
  • Provides crucial support above and below the hock joint.

Designed in the USA by Renee Mills, VT, CCRP
(Patent pending)

The Rear No Knuckling Training Sock is an ideal training tool for pets with the following conditions: 

  • Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)
  • Cervical Vertebral Instability CVI or Wobblers Syndrome
  • Cervical Disc Disease
  • Neurological disorders causing rear paw knuckling and dragging
  • May be used for early stage Degenerative Myelopathy (DM), but will not reverse existing damage.
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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. Easy to use at home and in rehab for 2-5 minute exercises. Always consult with your veterinarian or canine rehabilitation professional before using.

rear no knuckle training sock

Encourage Pets to Pick Their Foot Up

Designed specifically to stimulate a pet between their toes, evoking a withdrawal reflex. This helps to properly retrain gait, correct paw placement, and enhance proprioception.

rear no knuckle training sock

Light Weight and Comfortable Design

The Rear No-Knuckling Training Sock is constructed with lightweight materials to limit extra weight on your pet’s front legs. The touch fastener straps are extra-long to provide additional support above and below the hock joint.

How to Choose the Right Size

To determine the correct size Rear No Knuckling Training Sock, you will need your pet’s Top of Paw to Hock Joint measurement as the main point of reference; the recommended weight range is listed as a guide. For assistance with selecting a size, contact us with any questions.


Top of Paw to Hock Joint

Measure from the top of the paw (at back) to the center of the hock joint with your pet in a natural standing position. If your pet is unable to stand or bear weight on the paw, we recommend you consult your Veterinarian for advice on the best treatment tool for your pet.

SizeMeasurement from
top of paw to hock
XSmall1.25 – 2.25″10 – 15 lbs.
Small2.25 – 3.25″15 – 30 lbs.
Medium3 – 4.25″30 – 60 lbs.
Large4 – 6″60 – 80 lbs.
XLarge5 – 7″80+ lbs.


Measurement from
top of paw to hock
1.25 – 2.25″
Weight10 – 15 lbs.


Measurement from
top of paw to hock
2.25 – 3.25″
Weight15 – 30 lbs.


Measurement from
top of paw to hock
3 – 4.25″
Weight30 – 60 lbs.


Measurement from
top of paw to hock
4 – 6″
Weight60-80 lbs.


Measurement from
top of paw to hock
5 – 7″
Weight80+ lbs.

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

How the Training Sock Works

The cord loop of the Rear No-Knuckling Training Sock applies light tension under the paw, which stimulates the nerve endings in between the toes. This stimulation invokes a withdrawal reflex that causes the pet to pick up their toes higher and place their paw correctly on the ground. Over time, use of the training sock in daily 2-5 minute rehab exercises will retrain the body, helping to correct gait and rear paw placement.

Rehab expert Renee Mills, CCRP designed the Rear No-Knuckling Training Sock for use by veterinarians and rehabs, but also for at-home use by the pet parent so they can continue their rehab at home. This product should be used under the advice of your vet or rehab specialist.

Is This Right for your Pet?

The Rear No-Knuckling Training Sock is designed to help retrain pets that have either been diagnosed with a neurological condition causing them to drag their rear paws, or senior pets experiencing hind end weakness. Arthritis and disorders of the spine can create weakness of the legs and paw knuckling. If your pet has these symptoms of knuckling, the Rear No-Knuckling Training Sock can help them to regain proper paw placement.

We ALWAYS recommend consulting with your veterinarian or rehabilitation professional before use. Many pets entering rehab programs for neurological conditions can benefit from the No-Knuckling Training Sock.

What to Expect:

The Rear No-Knuckling Training Sock assists pet parents and vets/rehabs alike to safely retrain the nerve response in pets experiencing paw knuckling. This training tool is intended to be one part of your pet’s rehabilitation regimen, not the only solution. As every pet’s diagnosis and personality differs, the amount of time it will take to see improvement can vary. Working under your vet/rehab’s advice will help to ensure a smooth transition into use. 

Noticeable positive effects while not wearing the training sock will take time. When initially placed on your pet you may see an immediate improvement, however in between training sessions, the paw may revert back to dragging or knuckling until the neurological pathway has been healed. The training sock is only to be worn a few times a day, for up to 5 minutes per use. Over time, your pet’s knuckling should begin to show improvement after their training sessions, and your pets’ awareness of how they are placing their paw will increase. Continue working with your vet or rehab specialist to establish additional paw retraining exercises for a well-rounded treatment program.

For Best Results:

We recommend you use this temporary training tool during walks for two to five minute intervals on one lower rear leg at a time, multiple times each day. Use during the beginning of each walk will have the best outcome. Remove the device when the training exercise is complete to avoid discomfort or further injury. Always consult with your veterinarian or physical rehabilitation professional for the best practices and exercises for your pet. 

Product Instructions

Proper Placement and Fit for the No-Knuckling Training Sock


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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.


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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.


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Place cord loop around and under middle two toes. Soft fleece should always be closest to dog’s paw, touch fastener side should face the ground to avoid irritation.


no knuckling training sock for dogs

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.

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; it is very important to remove the No-Knuckle Training cord after a maximum of 5 minutes. If left on for longer than 5 minutes, your pet may suffer discomfort or potential further injury.


  • Do not leave the NKTS on your pet for extended periods of time. It’s designed to be a short-term supervised 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.
  • Do not wrap the NKTS too tightly, as that may interfere with circulation or limit the mobility of the leg. If the toes are lifted off the ground or you see skin protruding over the straps, these are signs that the sock is too tight.
  • 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

The stimulation in your pet’s paw should cause them to pick it up higher when walking. They may have an exaggerated gait. This is to be expected since the cord sits under the paw to stimulate the pet’s nerves and encourage their withdrawal reflex. 

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. If you have concerns about how the sock fits, please reach out to our Customer Care Team or contact your rehabilitation specialist. 

Will it be uncomfortable for my pet? 

The Rear No-Knuckling Training Sock is a training tool and not designed for long-term wear. If fitting well and used correctly for 2-5 minute sessions, it will 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 front leg? Is there a medical reason? 

The Rear No Knuckling Training Sock is designed to fit the anatomy of a dog’s hind leg. The front leg needs a different size cord to stimulate the withdrawal reflex between the toes as it has a shorter pathway to the brain. Please see the Front NKTS for use on 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 your dog to lift their rear leg and paw higher, improving their knuckling. For dogs who drag their paws in between training sessions, the Bootie Splint can be worn to protect the paw. 

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

This product may help to slow the progression of knuckling but will not reverse any existing damage. DM is a degenerative condition, so the neurological pathway is not able to be repaired. 

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 only. Always remove the device after 5 minutes to prevent injury and discomfort. While wearing the training sock your dog will be working harder than normal to walk, you do not want to cause overexertion or any skin irritation to the toes. This product is most beneficial to the pet by using it for short, frequent applications. Once the 5-minute training session is over, remove the sock and let your dog rest.

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

Your vet or rehab specialist will help you to determine how many days your pet should train with the NKTS; whether it be a few weeks to a few months will depend on your pet’s specific needs. The most important thing to remember is that each day’s training sessions should only be for 2-5 minutes at a time. 

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

Yes! If your dog is missing one of the middle toes, you would just put the cord around the remaining toe. Putting the cord 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″? 

Your dog’s toes should not be lifted off the ground while wearing this product. If your dog is walking and the toes are not dragging, then the fit is correct. If your dog is still able to drag the toes when wearing the product, you will need to tighten the cord.

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

If your pet is unable to stand or bear any weight on the paw, we recommend you consult your veterinarian for advice on the best treatment tool for your pet. The NKTS is best for pets who still have function in the rear legs but are experiencing weakness and knuckling. You can also use this product in conjunction with the Buddy Up Rear Harness or Walkin’ Wheels Wheelchair. As long as a pet is able to move their leg on their own, this product will be useful.

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

Holy Cow, These Really Work!

My senior collie has been rolling and scuffing her feet to the point that they bleed, and I’d been putting no-slip dog socks on her. The socks have kept her from bleeding, but they’ve gotten filthy and shredded and lost. The Rear No-Knuckling Training Socks are an absolute godsend. Suddenly she’s holding her feet properly again, and she’s falling down a lot less because her whole posture is better. She seems genuinely happier, too. She’s walking again, instead of staggering.

-Ann Smiley

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


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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!


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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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