How to Stop Dogs from Scratching Floors

You love your dog. Your dog loves you. Simple. You care for your dog lovingly, while canine companion looks after his human. While relationships with our dogs can be hugely rewarding, there’s no doubt that pets can be tough on hardwood floors. Never fear, as with protecting yours floors from children and toys, taking a few precautions can stop dogs from scratching floors.

Stop dogs from scratching floors

Best Practices to Stop Dogs from Scratching Floors

At the end of the day, floors in happy homes with children or ‘fur babies’, will take more wear and tear than homes without the patter of little feet or fuzzy paws. While this is something homeowners will know and accept, it is possible to limit the damage dogs can cause.


Long nails are your dog’s top danger for your floors. Just as it is important that humans wipe their feet and / or stow their shoes in order to protect your floors, dog’s paws should be kept clean. Cleaner paws mean less dirt and grit that can wear away your floors sealant, leading to scratches. Likewise, keeping nails trimmed is essential. Either DIY with your own clippers and file, or visit a groomer regularly. If you can hear those nails click as the dog walks across the floor, you know it is time for a trim.

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Booties are another option. ” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>Buy online, or by create your own with old socks and double-sided velcro. While wee shoes for your dog won’t interfere with her walking, she may attempt to gnaw boots off. Training may be necessary to get your dog used to wearing ‘shoes’ indoors. However, if you are concerned about damage to your floors, this may be time well-spent.

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