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!
We are excited to now offer 3 different versions - Original, Max and Max Plus. Each dog is different and so are their needs. We're confident we have a solution that will work for your dog. So what are the differences between the versions?
Original - the original design that started it all. Super soft, comfortable cotton bands that your dog probably won't even know are there, connected by an adjustable cord. Designed for dogs that need just a little extra assistance and are OK with some flexibility and give in the bands. Available in 3 sizes and 4 colors.
Max - soft, medical grade VELCRO® brand straps that can easily be adjusted to fit exactly as needed and connected by an adjustable cord, for Max control. Available in black in 4 sizes.
Max Plus - the same soft, medical grade straps and adjustable cord as the Max with the added bonus of a plastic buckle with clips. These additions allow you to easily disconnect the cord when your dog doesn't need the extra support, such as on walks or other activities. Available in black in 3 sizes.
Watch the Original 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 wood 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. Many of our customers have commented on how much of a difference this has made on their dog's life. 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. One of the great aspects of Splay No More is the flexibility in product versions to meet different needs. If you still want to run and play with your dog outside, you can easily slide the Original on/off or hook/unhook the cord with the Max Plus, both of which can be accomplished in seconds. (Note: with the Max, you will have to readjust the bands each time you take them off and put them back on, not overly time consuming, but not as quick and easy as the other two versions.)
Will it interfere with "bathroom" breaks?
Our male dog was a "squatter" when relieving himself, so there was no issue doing either duty. As already mentioned, the product is flexible and can be configured to meet your dog's needs and can be easily taken off and put back on if needed.
Is this a replacement to a traditional bandage hobble post surgury?
The Max and Max Plus versions could possibly be used for this purpose as they can be configured for a more restricted motion (the Original has too much "give"). We strongly encourage you to consult your veterinarian as we do not promote this as a theraputic solution.
I'm interested in purchasing this, but which one should I get?
All of them ;) Seriously, if your dog is only occasionally struggling, the extra support from the Original may be enough. If that doesn't work or doesn't fit quite tight enough, return it within 30 days and upgrade to the Max or Max Plus. If you feel your dog will be wearing this device all the time, try the Max. If you would like the quick flexibility of taking the cord off for walks or other activities, try the Max Plus.
We have different sizing based on the product version, so please read carefully to select the appropriate size.
We offer 3 different sizes for the elastic bands. For the correct band size, measure the width (not circumference) 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.
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.
Max and Max Plus Versions
We offer 4 different sizes for these bands. Measure the circumference of your dog's leg above the hock / tarsal joint (all the way around, not just the width) and choose the bands that fall within that range.
Extra Small are designed for very small dogs roughly up to 15 pounds with a measurement up to 2 inches. (Note: only available in Max version)
Small bands are intended for dogs roughly 15 to 25 pounds with a measurement between 2 and 4 inches.
Medium bands generally support dogs 25 to 60 pounds with a measurement of 4 to 6 inches.
Large bands are designed to support big dogs with a measurement greater than 6 inches.