Okay so Cleo's play area is the gated off kitchen. Her crate is in there, and there's a door to the backyard. She naps in there, etc. The kitchen has a wood floor with a water-based finish (vs oil-based). When we got the floor and its finish, more than 10 years ago, and when we had it sanded and refinished a couple years ago, we did not have a dog. If we had, oil-based probably would be more durable. I can already see the scratches all over the place when the light hits them (they look like scratch-shaped indentations, for the most part, rather than gouges). I trim her nails regularly and file them until they're smooth. I have mats covering some areas (by the sink, by the back door). Is there anything I can do to decrease the scratching? or is this just one of those things we have to live with...?