The House Counselor Answers: How Do You Protect Hardwood Floors From Pets?

Dogs and cats can reek havoc on hardwood flooring. Laurie March has some tips on finishes and maintenance that will keep your floors looking great.

Photo by: Greg Hampton

Greg Hampton

This week I received an excellent question from Paul and Jamie in Sante Fe, New Mexico, who are torn between their flooring and their four-legged friends.

Laurie, our dogs have done a number on a few spots in our hardwood floors. Is there a way to fix this without treating the entire floor? Or if we decide to redo them, what type of flooring can play with the big dogs best?

To hear my advice to them, check out the video below.

Protect Your Floors From Dogs 02:16


If you’re a lover of hardwood flooring, it’s definitely worth studying up on types of finishes. There are definitely those that offer more pet protection than others.  This is a good thing, because when faced with two types of flooring … 

Photo by: Maura Sullivan

Maura Sullivan

… all of the dogs I know tend to prefer the more expensive option. This lady has no time for tile! 

Photo by: Maura Sullivan

Maura Sullivan

But put down an expensive carpet and voila! Hardwood is history! Man, it’s a good thing these guys are so cute.

There’s always going to be a certain amount of flooring maintenance that comes with having pets, but with a little research and some careful choices – your house and your dogs should be sitting pretty in no time.

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