How to Protect Hardwood Floors From Dogs

By Stephanie Dube

Hardwood floors make an excellent choice for homes with pets. They are easy to clean and don't provide hiding spots for loose hair and fleas. If your dog has an accident, you don't have to worry about getting odors and stains out of tough-to-clean carpet fibers. Of course, there are downsides to hardwood flooring as it is easily scratched and scuffed by rambunctious pooches! Here are a few tips on how to keep your wooden floor scratch free if you've got a four-legged family member.

Keep Nails Clipped

Keeping your dog's nails clipped short goes a very long way in protecting your floor from scratches. Ask your veterinarian to show you how to do this, or visit the groomers regularly to keep them from scratching the floor.

Soft Nail Caps

Sometimes it isn't easy to keep up with your dog's nail growth. Covering your dogs nails with specially-made soft nail caps will not only prevent scratches to your floors, but it will also keep your dog from slipping and possibly injuring himself on a newly-waxed hard floor provided you get the kind that provide adequate traction.

Outside Exercise

Provide your dog with plenty of outside exercise. He is going to get rambunctious and want to stretch his legs at some point, and if he spends his time indoors, it will be then. Running, sliding and making sharp turns on your wood floor is a sure way for the floor to get scratched up.

Sweep Debris

Sweep your floor on a regular basis. Your dog will bring in dirt and grit on his coat, which will then drop on the floor. You may not notice them, but when you walk on the grit it will act like sandpaper, creating small scratches in the floor's finish.

Rugs are your Friend!

Protect areas of high dog traffic with rugs. Entryways and pathways into the house would be spots to consider using rugs. Besides, rugs can add a lovely decorative touch to your home!

Protect from Food

If you can't avoid having your dog's feeding area on a hardwood surface, place your dog's food and water dishes on an easy-to-clean mat to protect the floor underneath. Also, get bowls with no-slip rubber bottoms in case your dog pushes his food bowl off the mat. These bowls are also less likely to scratch your floor.

By Stephanie Dube Dwilson

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About the Author
With features published by media such as Business Week and Fox News, Stephanie Dube Dwilson is an accomplished writer with a law degree and a master's in science and technology journalism. She has written for law firms, public relations and marketing agencies, science and technology websites, and business magazines.