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    Indoor Dog and Flooring

    Wife and I have looked into getting an indoor dog, but have some reservations with the possible damage they could do to our floors. We have carpet and wood laminate in our house. Will they scratch the wood laminate flooring? Any breeds that are worse than others for this? Any other tips/suggestions?

    We would really like to get an indoor dog, but we ( me more than my wife) hate the idea of causing our floors to wear out faster/get damaged just for a dog.

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    Re: Indoor Dog and Flooring

    Quote Originally Posted by farminclone View Post
    We have carpet and wood laminate in our house. Will they scratch the wood laminate flooring? Any breeds that are worse than others for this?
    Nope.

    You're way over-thinking this. Just get your dog.



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    Re: Indoor Dog and Flooring

    We had a somewhat large indoor dog and also have wood laminate floor in our kitchen. She had fairly long claws but never scratched the floor. She did, however, dig a hole in the carpet when she was a pup.



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    Re: Indoor Dog and Flooring

    Quote Originally Posted by farminclone View Post
    Wife and I have looked into getting an indoor dog, but have some reservations with the possible damage they could do to our floors. We have carpet and wood laminate in our house. Will they scratch the wood laminate flooring? Any breeds that are worse than others for this? Any other tips/suggestions?

    We would really like to get an indoor dog, but we ( me more than my wife) hate the idea of causing our floors to wear out faster/get damaged just for a dog.

    Thanks.

    Yup they will.... Unless you have a tile flooring, they'll add wear and tear to it. We had a pergo flooring in our last house and a dog and he added to the scratches on it. As well, the carpet seemed to wear down faster with him. Same with the wood flooring and carpet in our house now.



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    Re: Indoor Dog and Flooring

    Doesn't sound like you'd even enjoy the dog if you got one. So, what's the point?



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    Re: Indoor Dog and Flooring

    Quote Originally Posted by theantiAIRBHG View Post
    Doesn't sound like you'd even enjoy the dog if you got one. So, what's the point?
    This. "Just for a dog" is the wrong attitude. Dogs are a responsibility. That thing is going to shed, ****, puke and crap on your wonderful flooring (at least occasionally). If you're already worried about it ... you should get a cat or aquarium fish.



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    Re: Indoor Dog and Flooring

    Quote Originally Posted by theantiAIRBHG View Post
    Doesn't sound like you'd even enjoy the dog if you got one. So, what's the point?
    Me wanting to keep the floor I just paid for and installed in good shape = not enjoying the dog? Got it.

    Quote Originally Posted by LutherBlue View Post
    This. "Just for a dog" is the wrong attitude. Dogs are a responsibility. That thing is going to shed, ****, puke and crap on your wonderful flooring (at least occasionally). If you're already worried about it ... you should get a cat or aquarium fish.
    I understand it will come with responsibilities, I grew up with livestock. "Just for a dog" is the right attitude in my mind. Like I mentioned above, I just put these floors in and would feel sick to my stomach if the dog ruined them in a few months.

    Thanks to the other posters, it sounds like it won't be much of an issue, I appreciate the input!



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    Re: Indoor Dog and Flooring

    Quote Originally Posted by farminclone View Post
    I understand it will come with responsibilities, I grew up with livestock. "Just for a dog" is the right attitude in my mind. Like I mentioned above, I just put these floors in and would feel sick to my stomach if the dog ruined them in a few months.
    I also grew up on a farm where the dog had all kinds of space to run around and kick *** and be a dog. In my opinion, you need a different attitude with a house dog. If you are already thinking about how this animal is going to inconvenience you ... you might think about waiting until you value your flooring a little less.

    Good luck, our laminate floors seem to be holding up well with 2 big dogs except where they slop their drinking water.



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    Re: Indoor Dog and Flooring

    Our realtor has a couple dogs, so she has pointed this out in nearly every house we've looked at (since we've mentioned maybe having a dog in the future). Laminate floors are very resistant to getting scratched up. But whatever you do, do NOT get maple floors. Those floors looked TERRIBLE when there was a dog in the house.


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    Re: Indoor Dog and Flooring

    Furniture is probably at higher risk than floors. Most laminate floors are pretty tough.



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    Re: Indoor Dog and Flooring

    In general, I think a smaller dog tends to minimize any additional wear to flooring. I have hardwood flooring and smaller dogs, and I haven't really noticed any issues with it.



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    Re: Indoor Dog and Flooring

    Quote Originally Posted by aeroclone View Post
    In general, I think a smaller dog tends to minimize any additional wear to flooring. I have hardwood flooring and smaller dogs, and I haven't really noticed any issues with it.
    See, I might be on the other side with this. We have a small terrier (think Toto) and he runs all over chasing toys and puts his front claws up on the window casings to see outside a lot. A larger dog with eye level above those window sills probably wouldn't do as much damage.
    We have lighter stained red oak hardwood and can see scratches when the sun hits it right or you are looking at it from a low angle.
    All in all, I'm OK with all of it. It's part of having an indoor dog.



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    Re: Indoor Dog and Flooring

    Quote Originally Posted by JP4CY View Post
    See, I might be on the other side with this. We have a small terrier (think Toto) and he runs all over chasing toys and puts his front claws up on the window casings to see outside a lot. A larger dog with eye level above those window sills probably wouldn't do as much damage.
    We have lighter stained red oak hardwood and can see scratches when the sun hits it right or you are looking at it from a low angle.
    All in all, I'm OK with all of it. It's part of having an indoor dog.
    We have 2 small dogs and I think its worse than if we'd had one big dog. The small dogs are hyper and run around a lot. It also depends on the layout of your house. We only really have scratches badly at the bottom of our stairs from the dogs running up and down them. Might not be a problem in a ranch. We are currently looking at laminate because of the dogs though.



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    Re: Indoor Dog and Flooring

    We have two bigs dogs and have the dark wood laminate. Doesn't scratch at all and looks really nice. Can't even tell it's not wood. Definitely will continue to get the same laminate in other rooms as well.



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    Re: Indoor Dog and Flooring

    We have laminate hardwood in our house and not a single scratch with our dog (puggle.) Sometimes I like to chase the dog onto the laminate just to see her "spin out" trying to get traction.

    I have been in houses that have a real hardwood and they are a mess showing all kinds of scratches when there is a dog involved.



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