For any dog owner, one of the best parts of the day is coming home to see a wagging tail. With all of the wonderful things that a dog brings to your life, it is important to make sure that they are happy, healthy, and living in the best environment. It has traditionally been thought that if you have a dog, you cannot have hardwood plank flooring. With the proper care though, you can have the best of both worlds.

If you are replacing your old flooring or looking for something new, there are a few tips that will help keep your hardwood floors looking like new. Before installing your new floor, be sure to consider the type of wood that you would like to use. There are several varieties to choose from on the market today that will complement any home. It is important to select a flooring type that will match your lifestyle.

The best option for pet owners will be distressed wood flooring. This hardwood type is easy to care for and wears well with time. Since it does not easily show scrapes and scratches, wear patterns appear to be part of the home’s décor. Homeowners often turn to white Oak flooring for its dense and durable features. The light coloring of this floor type works to hide scuffs well. Another finish type that is popular for dog owners is to have hand cut edging. This feature can help any marks blend with the wood, and adds to a rustic design concept.

Caring for your floor throughout the year is crucial to extending its life. By regularly oiling and waxing your hardwood plank floors, you will find that scratches are less likely to occur. This is important because the oil will make the wood more resistant to damage, while the wax will provide an additional layer of protection. Unfortunately, this will also make the floor very slippery for your dog.

Hardwood floors can be difficult – but not impossible – to navigate for dogs, which is why grooming is especially important.  Regularly tending to your dog’s paws not only saves your floor from scratches but it can also help your dog from sliding or losing balance. A good rule of thumb is to listen carefully to the click-clack sound your dog’s nails make as he walks across the floor. The louder the noise, the more likely it is that you need to trim your dog’s nails. Shorter nails will help your dog move more easily on hardwood floor. One tip that many owners often suggest is trimming the fur that grows between the pads of the dog’s paws.  This helps the dog get traction and prevents slipping.

For safety, as well as protection to your floor, always encourage children to engage in play or games with your dog in carpeted areas of the house. This will keep both your pet and your floor safe. You may want to consider placing rugs in high traffic areas, like in hallways or by doorways. Be sure to place any dog dishes or bowls on mats to keep moisture away from your floor.

Hardwood floors are an easy way to update and add value to any home. If the proper care is taken, hardwood floors can be enjoyable for both you and your pet.