Look at those brown, soulful eyes! How could anyone suspect that your wood floors could be damaged by someone with such an innocent face!
First of all it’s true – your pet is innocent of any crimes against your floors. After all, he’s a dog (or a cat, or a ferret, or whatever four-legged furry creature you’ve adopted as one of your family…). He cares mostly about eating, drinking, and chasing squirrels.
And he cares about keeping cool, too. He doesn’t sweat like you do, so he has to rely on a cool surfaces (as well as lots of panting) to help him cool down. That makes your wood floor a prime candidate for him to flop down on, especially in summer months.
But for you, your wood floors aren’t just a cool surface (in every sense of the word). You’ve invested in quality wood flooring for the significant value it can bring to your home or office. And so, you’ve very wisely also taken a couple of steps to make sure that you don’t have to choose between your best friend, and your wood floor. So, without further ado, here are some of the ways you’ve made sure that the potential war between your floors and your pet remains to be a ‘cold war’.
For one thing, you’ve taken the time to 1. clip his nails.
Doggie (or feline) nails can create significant scratches on the surface of the wood. You know that one cry of ‘walkies!’ from you, and a deep gouge can be the result in all the excitement it creates. So, you’ve taken care of that by keeping his nails short enough for his comfort, and for the comfort of knowing your floors are safe. Find out how to clip your dogs nails properly, just in case you haven’t heard yet.
You taken the time to 2. train him to do his business outside, or in a designated area where floors are better protected.
And you’ve done this because you know that dogs and cats are territorial. They like to mark their space with pee. But, you’ve already figured out that the integration of a pet into your life means making sure that he understands where your territory is in relation to his. And your dog respects you for it because that’s how he rolls, evolutionarily speaking. Of course it doesn’t hurt to find out more about how to housetrain your pet.
You’ve even seen to it that his 3. water dish an food dish spills are cleaned up right away.
Your dog or cat is great for a lot of reasons. But, he’s not noted for his refined table manners. Spills occur, which you already know. And you also know that monitoring for spills is a good idea. So is putting down a mat to stand between the dish and your wood floors, and then making sure that the mat doesn’t stand wet on your floor for a long period of time. Keeping moisture of any kind away from the surface of your wood floor is your primary concern. Maybe you’ve even designated a space for water dishes completely elsewhere, like in a tiled laundry area, or a mud room. That works too.
So here we are. We’ve talked a bit about some preventative measures in making sure that your pet is happy in your home, and that your wood floors continue to look great. But, it’s not a perfect world, and accidents happen. And in later posts, I’ll talk more about ways to preserve your wood floors from damage by your pet with the soulful eyes. Until then,