Prevent this from happening
Splay No More
This simple yet effective device, also known as a hobble, will prevent your dog's hind legs from splaying (doing the splits) on slippery surfaces such as hard wood and tile floors. Flexible elastic bands connected by an adjustable cord and placed just above the hock / tarsal joint will give your dog the power to stand on his/her own.
No more stuck on the floor.
Help your pup get up!
Watch it in action
As our dog Max got older (17 years old), his knee and hip joints slowly deteriorated. At times, we would come home and find him spread out on the floor, unable to stand up on his own. It was heartbreaking for us and demoralizing for him.
We tried a number of products available on the internet to improve traction for his paws. Unfortunately for Max, those proved unsuccessful. We added additional rugs in high traffic areas, which helped, but he would still find his way off the rugs back into trouble. That's when we stopped trying to solve a traction problem and started trying to solve a splaying problem.
After a few trial and errors, we came up with a simple, flexible solution that was comfortable for him and did not impede his normal walking motion. We doubt he even knew it was on him. The elastic bands provided a perfect balance to support natural movement with just enough assistance to recover from slippery situations, by himself. With his confidence restored, he returned to moving freely about our house.
Does it really work?
Absolutely. Watch the video above. Just as his hind legs start to separate, the product takes effect, stopping the separation of his legs so he is able to recover on his own. If your dog needs a little extra help on slippery surfaces, this may be the perfect solution. If for some reason you don't experience the same level of success we and others have had, simply return the product within 30 days for a refund. If you have concerns whether this product would be beneficial for your dog, we encourage you to consult your veterinarian.
Will my dog still be able to run with it on?
Maybe, but we don't recommend keeping the product on your dog during running activities to avoid potential injury. Most older dogs needing this type of product are only walking or very light trotting. One of the great aspects of this device is the elastic bands which allow you to easily slide the product on/off your dog in a few seconds as opposed to adjusting straps every time you want to remove the device.
Will it interfere with "bathroom" breaks?
Our male dog was a "squatter" when relieving himself, so there was no issue doing either duty. The elastic bands stretch so your dog can spread his/her legs enough to support this activity. If your dog is a "leg lifter", you will likely need to slide the product off before going outside. However, most older dogs with weakened hips are usually no longer leg lifters. As mentioned above, the elastic straps allow you to easily and quickly slide the product on/off your dog in seconds.
Is this a replacement to a traditional bandage hobble post surgury?
Possibly, but we strongly encourage you to consult your veterinarian. We do not promote this product as a theraputic solution as it may provide too much "give" to support your dog's recovery when an absolute restricted motion is required.
We offer 3 different sizes for the elastic bands and the cord between the bands is completely adjustable. For the correct band size, measure the width of your dog's leg above the hock / tarsal joint and choose the bands that are the same or slightly smaller than that width. The bands are soft elastic cotton bands, so they are flexible and machine washable. You want to be sure the bands are not too big and falling down the leg and not too small where they may be tight and uncomfortable.
The small bands have a 1 inch wide opening.
Medium bands have a 1.75 inch opening.
Large bands have a 2.5 inch opening
Our 30-35 pound dog shown on this site was a medium.