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Old 08-12-2013, 09:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Wood flooring and Standard poodles - damage?

I'm looking for a house, we are moving out of state.

Some houses has some wood flooring, I'd prefer carpet and tile, because now the kitchen here has laminate flooring and they slide around quite a bit! I don't like to watch them slide, sometimes I'm afraid they'll hurt them selves running when the door bell rings!


I'm also worried about their nails damaging a nice wood floor!

What are you guys's thoughts and experience with this?

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We have no carpeting and only hardwood flooring in our house and I have not noticed any damage as a result of Chanter's toenails and we've had him for over 2 years. I do keep an eye on his nails and if I hear click click, I go look and give them a trim.

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I prefer hardwood with dogs. Its much easier to keep clean than carpet. Keeping the floors clean is more important to me than whether or not hardwood is scratched. We moved into our house a year ago and it is full of new carpet. I'm just waiting until I can justify tearing it up and putting in hardwood.
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I have hardwood flooring throughout most of my house, and think it is the best choice. Yes, there is some sliding when they run, but I don't see any damage going on. I do try to keep their nails dremelled fairly short, but don't know if that makes much difference. I don't know about laminate, but I am considering it for my kitchen which currently has an old vinyl floor that needs replacing. Did you notice any durability/damage problems with your laminate floor?
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I don't worry about our wood floors, they can always be refinished.
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Laminate is not a good choice in areas that may have a lot of moist spills. You need to make sure every single joint is sealed or the moisture can get in to the laminate base and damage it. Sigh we have been looking at flooring to replace the vinyl-asbestos tiles in our kitchen...
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My house has all wood floors. Very easy to clean but my floors have tons of scratches from my 63 pound Aussie. His nails were always kept short. Swizzle at 7 pounds has not scratched the floor once. I think it depends on how heavy your dogs are.
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After having carpet in our entire house for 25 yrs, we recently refinished the wood floors in the living and dining rooms. Lily does slip on it when she really runs but I haven't seen any damage to the floors yet. BUT we also recarpeted the family room and since Lily seems more comfortable running and playing on the carpet, we hardly ever sit in the living room anymore.
Her nails do click on the flooring and I am trying to get them to a shorter length so they don't do that. Depending on how rough your dogs play and their weight and what kind of wood the floors are and what kind of finish is on it all have a part in how the floors will hold up. We have pine flooring (it's a very old house) and that is a soft wood so it does tend to show marks from high heels, furniture, etc. so when we refinished we went with an upgraded topcoat.
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I have a friend who imports Brazilian Cherry hardwood flooring... When I purchased my beach house - I wanted to put hardwood floors in it. I asked him about the nails scratching... According to him - the floors would be fine - as long as you keep their nails clipped regularly. It's when the dogs nails are long that they scratch & cat claws are a definite to scratch the floor as their nails are thin are super sharp.

Polo still slides all over the place on them... We have area rugs and if he is romping around they serve as his landing spot. Amazing how quickly they get used to realizing "YIKES THIS IS SLIPPERY!" then it's "OH YEA THERE IS SOMETHING I CAN GRIP ONTO WOOF!!!"
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I have laminate in the new house that I just bought but I'm putting in hardwood this winter. Apparently (according to my family who installs hardwood) you should go for a more rustic choice (also called pub style) of hardwood finish if you have dogs...the opposite end of the spectrum which is like a mirror high gloss finish does show every nick and skid mark. And my dogs are like the cartoon Wylie Coyote when they get running
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