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OT - dogs & hardwood floors

Post by The Kay » Sun, 29 Jul 2001 14:24:43



So, the time has finally come to say goodbye to our carpeting. I'd
love to put in hardwood flooring this time, but people keep telling me
that two active labs and hardwood flooring is not a good mix.  Any
feedback?
 
 
 

OT - dogs & hardwood floors

Post by rob » Sun, 29 Jul 2001 18:26:37



Quote:

> So, the time has finally come to say goodbye to our carpeting. I'd
> love to put in hardwood flooring this time, but people keep telling me
> that two active labs and hardwood flooring is not a good mix.  Any
> feedback?

I wouldn't recommend it. I used to have two rooms with wooden
floors. Max would occasionally slide on them, e.g. if someone rang
the doorbell and he wanted to take a look fast. This is a problem
in two ways - it's dangerous for the dog and any furniture he slides
into and it can also scratch the floor.

The other problem I encountered was that Max would often walk
into the room after taking a drink and the water would still be
dripping from his mouth. I'd end up with water marks that needed
a lot of polishing to remove.

Having said that, my main reason for getting carpet was the
noise. The wood was laid on top of wooden beams about 30 years
ago and it creaked somethng awful. A carpenter said the only cure
was several boxes of nails and screws that would ruin the
appearance. Though it ruined floors worth a couple of thousand, I
was glad to get rid of them after two years of noise, water stains
and scratches.

 
 
 

OT - dogs & hardwood floors

Post by nanc » Sun, 29 Jul 2001 23:32:16


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Quote:
> So, the time has finally come to say goodbye to our carpeting. I'd
> love to put in hardwood flooring this time, but people keep telling
> me that two active labs and hardwood flooring is not a good mix.
> Any feedback?

robh made some good points.

we put in ceramic tile.  the dogs love it (we live in
a hot climate and the tile is very cool), and it is
hard and glazed and so will not suffer from their
nails.  they do slide around on it when running, but
have learned how to gauge their activity.  

we also still have carpeted areas.  they romp on
the carpet or outside on the lawn.

we have one room with hardwood.  that room is off limits
to them.  they do not step across the threshhold.

--
nancy

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OT - dogs & hardwood floors

Post by Jim Holme » Mon, 30 Jul 2001 03:58:07




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>[...]
>we also still have carpeted areas.  they romp on
>the carpet or outside on the lawn.

>we have one room with hardwood.  that room is off limits
>to them.  they do not step across the threshhold.

I to had hardwood in my house too. The dogs did scratch it up quite a
bit, but still did less damage than the cats did. Also if you keep a
GOOD finish on it, you can avoid the scratches. I do like the tile
idea tho.

-jlh