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How to Protect Flooring from Your Dog

Learn how to protect flooring from your dog. Unlike a cat, a dog’s nails are constantly exposed, so even if they don’t mean to do any damage to your floors, just the simple act of walking across the floor can cause scratches. Your flooring is an investment, so you don’t want to be replacing it prematurely. If you’re needing to replace your flooring, talk to the interior design professionals at Graham’s & Son. We will come to your home for a free consultation and help you choose the best pet-friendly flooring for your rooms.


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How to Protect Flooring from Your Dog



Why You Should Protect Flooring from Your Dog

Dogs and hardwood floors – and many other types of flooring for that matter – are not always the best of friends. It’s important to protect your flooring from your dog doing damage to it as it can cost, on average, between $1,566 to $4,524 to replace it. The exact cost will vary depending on the type of flooring you choose and the size of your room. Vinyl and linoleum are the least expensive to replace with an average price of about $350 and hardwood is the most expensive with an average price well over $4,000.


How to Protect Flooring from Your Dog

We’ve put together some helpful tips for you so that you can keep your floors looking their best and enjoy having your pets in your home.


Apply Nail Caps on Your Dogs Nails to Protect Flooring From Your Dog

Nail caps are a great and relatively inexpensive invention that can help you protect your flooring from damage caused by your dog’s nails. Nail caps are simply glued onto your pet’s individual claws. The glue dries in a matter of seconds and the caps usually last for about 4 to 8 weeks. They work on both dogs and cats and they won’t interfere with your pet’s normal behaviour. They come in different sizes (and even different colours) to fit your dog perfectly. They cost less than $20 for 40 caps, so they are well worth it when you consider the cost of replacing your flooring.


Nail caps are an inexpensive way to protect your flooring from your pet’s nails


Purchase Doggie Booties to Cover Your Dog’s Claws

Many pet stores carry a range of doggie booties that will not only help protect your flooring but also your furniture. Some of these booties are made of soft flannel and others also have leather soles, perfect for protecting your dog’s feet outside as well as your floors inside. Keep in mind that even though they won’t interfere with your dog’s ability to walk, they do take a bit of time to adjust to wearing them. Your dog will probably try walking sideways or lift their paws really high the first few times but will get used to them. You may also have to watch and train your dog not to gnaw at them in the early stages of adjustment.


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 Doggie booties can help protect flooring from your dog inside and your dog’s paws outside – Image source:


Keep Your Dog’s Nails Properly Groomed

If you would rather let your dog go “au naturel” and not cover his nails with anything, you can try keeping them well groomed so that they don’t click when he walks across the floor. You should trim and file your dog’s nails regularly, about once a week, to keep them short and smooth. You can do this yourself but you need to be careful that you don’t cut them too short as this can be very painful for your dog. You can also take him to a professional groomer to have it done.


It’s a good idea to trim your dog’s nails about once a week


Place Mats and Runners in High Doggie Traffic Areas to Protect Flooring From Your Dog

Place mats at each of the entrances to your home. This will help to catch any of the dirt or debris that is brought inside by your dog or anyone else entering your home. Dirt particles that get tracked onto your floors, especially hardwood ones, can make scratches on the surface and make your flooring appear dull.

It is also a good idea to place runners in your hallways and other high traffic areas as well. These will not only help keep your floors protected but they can also be a great design feature as they come in a variety of beautiful patterns and colours. Mats and runners also allow you to do something more bold or trendy design-wise since they’re so easy and relatively inexpensive to change.



Runners and mats help protect your floors and they can be a great design feature – Image Source:


Clean Up Doggie Accidents Quickly

If you are a pet owner, you know that you are inevitably going to have accidents from time to time, especially when you first get your dog and you are doing “potty training.” The best thing that you can do to protect your flooring when your dog has an accident is to clean it up as quickly as possible. Dog urine can cause permanent stains on linoleum and vinyl and can cause your hardwood and engineered hardwood to warp. Cleaning it up quickly will also help to keep the odour from permanently penetrating the surface of your flooring.

If you are struggling to get your dog house-trained, here’s a helpful video that might make a difference.





Train Your Dog to Stay Out of Your Rooms With Hardwood Flooring

If you only have a few rooms with hardwood in them, such as your living and dining rooms, you may want to train your dog not to go into those rooms. If training him yourself isn’t working for you, you could hire a professional dog trainer to do it. The cost of a trainer will work out much cheaper than replacing a ruined floor.

A pet gate may be another useful addition to make sure that your pooch stays out of those rooms when you are not around. You can get one that is really quite stylish as well, not at all like the old-fashioned plastic baby gates.


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A pet gate can keep your dog from walking where you don’t want him to – Image Source:


Further Reading

You may also be interested in our post “The Best Flooring For Home With Pets”


Graham’s & Son  – For the Latest Pet- and Budget-Friendly Flooring

Looking to replace your current flooring with something new?  Graham’s & Son can not only offer you expert advice on all of the latest trends in flooring fashion, but they can also help you select the perfect styles and colours that are pet- and budget-friendly.

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