You’ve done it. You have your beautiful new hardwood floor installed. But your dog is a good dog, an indoor dog. Most of the time, they’re good. But how will they get along with the hardwood floor? In this blog we’ll go over how to stop your dog from scratching hardwood floors.
Stop Your Dog Scratching Hardwood Floors by Grooming Them
Most often, the easiest way to prevent scratches on your hardwood floors is just by grooming your dog. Trim and shape the claws that serve as a dog’s fingernails. You can either get the commercial products you need to maintain your dog’s claws, or you could take them to be professionally trimmed. Either way, make sure that your dog’s claws are not cut too short, or you could cause them severe pain and further harm.
Stop Your Dog Scratching Hardwood Floors by Getting Them Accessories
Believe it or not, pets have fashion accessories. Most of the time these are meant to help keep them warm or dress them up like you would a human child. The booties sold by pet specialty stores have many useful benefits besides helping your dog walk more quietly and prevent scratches on the hardwood. They also help protect the surrounding furniture, and you, when the dog jumps. Depending on what material they are made of, these booties will even allow the dog to walk around outside. But do be aware that in general dogs don’t enjoy having things on their feet; they were not meant for shoes. Although the booties don’t interfere with the way the dog walks, at first they will attempt to adjust or simply throw them off. They will look silly in the process. Patience and time are key in getting your dog to accepting these new accessories.
Stop Your Dog Scratching Hardwood Floors by Protecting the Floor
The last way you can stop your dog scratching hardwoods is simply by protecting the floor itself. How do you do this? Consider using a layer of wax. Wax acts as a sealant, and covers the floor with a shield against superficial damages. Light scratching on the wax-laden floors will now be simpler to fix. All you have to do is just reapply a fresh coat of wax over the patch of floor that was scratched.
Preventing Dog Scratches on Hardwood Floors with John K. Eareckson & Co!
When you work with John K Eareckson & Co. Flooring, we will ensure your hardwood floors fight fading for decades to come. From a seamless and beautiful installation to years of maintenance, John K Eareckson & Co. Flooring has the expertise to care for your home’s hardwood floors. For a consultation and more information visit us online or give us a call at 410-788-4200. You can also follow us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr.