Mastiff and Hardwood Floors

Discussion in 'English Mastiff' started by Duke23, Feb 4, 2017.

  1. Duke23

    Duke23 Member

    What do you all do with your mastiff if you have hardwood floors. My dog is just tearing it up. Is keeping nails trimmed all you can do? Advice appreciated.

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  2. Elana P

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  3. Elana P

    Elana P Active Member

    Hardwood floors, can be an issue.

    For me, it's not an issue with my dogs tearing them apart, so much as sliding on them.

    My 12 year old dog (who is arthritic), has a terrible time getting up from laying on the floor (and yes he does have a bed, several in fact). He slips when he walks, and has fallen on a few occasions.

    My solution so far, has been to place runners with rubbery underlining in strategic areas. I have also purchased some socks with rubber bottoms yesterday and I'm going to see if he will tolerate them.

    With your issue, maybe after cutting the nails, you could file them down with something like a dremel tool, just to smooth the sharp edges off (just a thought).
  4. dpenning

    dpenning Well-Known Member

    You can also buy rubber nail caps, I saw them at petsmart yesterday!

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  5. Hector

    Hector Well-Known Member

    Keeping nails short might help, but it really doesn't. Nails are used for traction and when they start sliding, they will use their nails even if they are short to scratch the floors up. Trust me I spent over 1k refinishing my floors and they are all scratched up. I don't really care though. What I worry most is the dog slipping. I use carpet tiles. Buy the floating ones.
  6. DennasMom

    DennasMom Well-Known Member

    Lots and lots of rugs!

    We put in "engineered hardwood" (laminated)... and part of our selection process was how easy it would scratch via dog nails. We love our floors! And we still cover 90% of the surface with rugs - warmer on my feet, and no slipping!

    I suppose you could get your dog to wear "house shoes"?
    I like the "meshies" at alldogboots-dot-com... but we've only used them in the summertime to keep from getting road-burn on walks.
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  7. Elana P

    Elana P Active Member

    I just bought some baby socks, with the little rubberydots on the bottom, but haven't tried them yet.

    Will let you know the outcome.
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  8. lexinrose

    lexinrose Member

    Get the indoor outdoor rugs everybody's talking about they don't slide and really protect your floor. I've covered every open spot my monster likes to run on.

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  9. Patricia Smith

    Patricia Smith New Member

    Experts tell you can get a hardwood floor if you have a dog. To keep you hardwood flooring last long, keep your dog's nail clipped. Another solutions may be placing mats and rugs anywhere where the dog might be inclined to slobber as well. The fact of the matter is that maintaining a hardwood floor with a dog is a lot of work. You will have to pay close attention to your dog's comings and goings as well as his nail length and whether or not he needs to be groomed. You will also need to stay vigilant with sweeping, mopping and vacuuming. The floor will definitely take some damage as a result of your dog, but it will also take damage as a result of you too. Hardwood floor can be maintained with a dog in the household, but there needs to be a deeper consideration of the potential damage a dog can bring.
  10. Nik

    Nik Well-Known Member

    We have fake wood floors and we have a carpet over a big portion of it. They dont' really like walking on the uncarpeted portion because of slipping so they tend to mostly stick to the space the area carpet is on.

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