Fido, Sadie, Daisy or Spot, whatever the canine apple of your eye is named, they can be rough on your hardwood floors. Nails can scratch your beautiful floors, turning them into a real mess. Here are some tips to help make sure your dog doesn’t damage your floor.
The easiest way to protect the wood from sharp nails is by placing runners in high-traffic areas. Each family will have different areas where dogs spend the most time. In some homes it will be the kitchen, in others, it could be hallways outside of bedrooms or even the area nearest the front door. If you have a doggie door, placing a weather-proof runner in front will help with scratches as well as help keep the floor clean.
Floor runners also serve a double purpose, they can keep your dog from sliding across floors. Some dogs are nervous on slick floors, runners can help them keep their balance.
There are also products on the market called nail caps that fit directly over each individual toenail. They’re made of soft plastic and most dogs don’t seem to mind them. You can even get them in designer colors. They’re surprisingly easy to put on and remove, but if you have a frisky dog you might want to ask a friend to help. Also, check with your groomer, some will place them on your pooch after clipping their nails.
Speaking of clipping nails, be sure to keep your dog’s nails trimmed. Some dogs have nails that grow surprisingly quickly. Ask your groomer how often your dog’s nails need to be trimmed.
Depending on how many rooms in your home have hardwood floors, and how easily it is to train your pupper, you can teach them to not enter areas with hardwood floors.
If these tips are too late, and you need to repair or replace your floors, KFD would be happy to help. Be sure to contact us for your flooring needs.