(Closed) Dogs and hardwood floors…

posted 8 years ago in Home
Post # 17
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2006

I have a small dog (13 pounds) and no, he’s never damaged the floors. We get his nails ground down at the groomer every 3-4 weeks.

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m wondering how the people with big dogs keep them from scratching their wood floor.  We have cats (under 10 lbs) and there are nail marks everywhere.  We keep plastic kitty caps on their nails and the wood has a protective coating.  Even with all of that, they get scratched.

Post # 19
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

My dog has very clickity clackity nails (I don’t trim them enough), and she has not scratched up the floor.  BUT I was dog sitting once and that dog spazzed out and scratched the floor in one area.

 

I think it just depends on how rough the dog is,

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We have a 57lb pitbull mix and a 22lb schnauzer mix and they both scratch our floors quite a bit.  The pit is much more rowdy than the schnauzer, so he does more damage, but it’s honestly not that noticeable unless you really get down and look closely.  When we installed our floors about 3.5yrs ago, we wanted to go with a darker wood.  The installer advised against it because of the dogs.  Darker stain will show the scratches much easier.  SO glad we went with natural oak finish!

Post # 21
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

It depends on what kind of wood you have. Some “hardwood floors” are not actually ” hard wood”. they also might not have the right kind of sealer on it. They sell scratch proof finish.
I know this… because my FILS own a flooring store. I know more about floor than I ever wished to know.

Post # 23
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Paradise Gardens

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@Rubbs:  Great question and please keep us posted on what your inspector says.

Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

our floors must be oak or maple, and we have an ENORMOUS 125 lb bloodhound.  He does not leave marks on our floors.  In fact, given his (disgusting…) drooling, I wouldn’t even consider living someplace with carpet with him.  Wood floors are just so much easier to clean and keep sanitary/allergen free.  Carpet kinda grosses me out, honestly…

Post # 25
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

In our other house, we had hardwood floors and our black lab tore them up. He gets really excited and runs and jumps. We have laminate floors in this place and they have been fine, but actual hardwoods are a no-go for us.

Post # 26
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Our german shepherd has destroyed our floors with regular nail clippings.

Post # 27
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@ Ms. Kitty  I hear you…I’ve got one 10lb little cat and we’ve only been in our house since last July, and there are tiny scratches EVERYWHERE on the small portion of hardwood flooring we’ve got.  I keep his claws trimmed too.  We want a dog, but if my little 10lb monkey cat is doing this to our floors now, what will a boxer do?

Post # 28
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Buzzing bee

Our dog is 50 lbs and we have light bamboo floors. While I’ve noticed where her nails dig into the floor, when you look down it looks fine. You only see the indents when the light glares off of it. Our furniture has scratched our floors much more noticeably than she ever has and she is a pill to clip her nails as well. I think it depends on the type of flooring and the color. Darker colors always show scratches much worse than lighter flooring.

The indents drive Fiance insane! He wishes we would’ve gotten laminate flooring. His aunt has always had dogs with laminate flooring and it still looks brand new. Not going to lie though, I hate the sound of dogs walking on laminate though. It’s so tingy and just sounds awful. Bamboo and wood has a much deeper sound and for me is less annoying. Weird – I know!

 

Post # 29
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

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@imalittlebirdie:  Do you know how bamboo holds up to dogs? I would prefer to use a renewable resource…

Post # 30
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

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@MargaritaVille:  Oh nvm I guess you just answered the question I just posted!

Post # 31
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

mine doesnt i have a rug for him though. -20 lbs shih tzu

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