Don't know if this is where this belongs so feel free to correct me!
This year I bought a house in the city where my college is. It's small but what can I say? I love it! I've decided that when I get settled in a year or so (and get finances in order) I want to bring my cat and dog up to live with me since I'll be leaving my horses, other cats, and other dog (who's my brothers) at home. My cat isn't a problem because she doesn't tear anything up and is very easy on houses! My dog on the other hand is the concern. He's a German Shepard/Blue Heeler mix and has very sharp claws.
Neither his energy, nor his claws are the problem (I take him everywhere I can and do a lot with him, and I keep his claws trimmed regularly). The house was built in the 1950's and is in great condition. It has original doorknobs, doors, and of course the major problem of bringing my dog up to live with me: original hardwood floors.
I've been told by a number of people that it's honest wood and not acrylic or anything else that looks like it and that I need to be careful about scratching it up (especially with a dog). I want to keep the floors nice because I'm a sucker for keeping something old and original in tact as much as possible, but I also want to eventually bring my dog up.
My question for all of the lovely people here is this: Is there anything else I can do aside from trimming his claws as short as possible (which I really do not want to do) to keep the floors in good condition? My grandmother suggested using huge rugs to cover up the floor (she did this with her original hardwood when she had a lot of rescue dogs) but I would love to have other opinions!
Please keep in mind that I'm not bringing him up immediately but when I feel I can provide the best care, and that I know he has a home with my mom until I can bring him up so I'm not in a frenzy! lol Thank you so much for any opinions and/or taking the time to read this long post!