How to Protect Hardwood Floors From Dogs

by Stephanie Dube Dwilson
    Hardwood floors are an excellent choice for puppies and dogs.

    Hardwood floors are an excellent choice for puppies and dogs.

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    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, it's easy to clean up without worry about leaving residual odors behind, like accidents on carpet tend to do. Of course, there are downsides to hardwood flooring. It can be scratched by your dog's nails, and if you don't catch that accident quick, urine, like any moisture, can be extremely damaging to the wood.

    Step 1

    Concentrate on housetraining. Keep your dog in your line of sight any time he isn't in the crate or outside. If he seems to want out, take him out immediately. If you don't catch him time, take him outside first, then come in and immediately clean up the accident, wiping the floor down, then drying it thoroughly.

    Step 2

    Keep your dog's nails clipped short. Ask your veterinarian to show you how to do this, or visit the groomers regularly to keep them from scratching the floor.

    Step 3

    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.

    Step 4

    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.

    Step 5

    Protect areas of high dog traffic with rugs. Entryways and pathways into the house would be spots to consider using rugs.

    Step 6

    Place your dog's food and water dishes on a rug or mat, to protect the floor underneath.

    Items You Will Need

    • Broom
    • Rugs

    Photo Credits

    • David De Lossy/Photodisc/Getty Images

    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.

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