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post #11 of 13 Old 05-22-2013, 07:06 PM
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Depends on the wood and the finish. I have hardwood in both of my homes. The cherry is n the soft side, as woods go, and it tends to dent, even when my less than 20# dogs run. We just say it adds character. The finish remains intact, but it is a newer floor with one of the newer super hard finishes. The other floor is hand scraped black walnut-tends not to show a thing. It is a much harder wood. Many older homes have oak or maple, which are pretty hard, so it depends on the finish. If it is "real" hardwood, which it probably is, judging from the age of your house, if you HAVE to you can always refinish. If you want it perfect-get rugs.

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post #12 of 13 Old 05-23-2013, 09:06 AM
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Try these. They are glue on nail covers. You can get them in colors or in clear. I use them on my cats in the winter so they don't scratch my furniture. I also have several clients that have me put them on their dogs so they don't scratch wood doors and wood floors. They work great and last 4-6 weeks. You'd prob only need them on the front feet since those are the weight bearing feet and most likely to make scratches. From one pack I think you get about 5 applications if you do fronts only. They are really easy to apply and totally worth it IMO.

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Depends on the wood and the finish. I have hardwood in both of my homes. The cherry is n the soft side, as woods go, and it tends to dent, even when my less than 20# dogs run. We just say it adds character. The finish remains intact, but it is a newer floor with one of the newer super hard finishes. The other floor is hand scraped black walnut-tends not to show a thing. It is a much harder wood. Many older homes have oak or maple, which are pretty hard, so it depends on the finish. If it is "real" hardwood, which it probably is, judging from the age of your house, if you HAVE to you can always refinish. If you want it perfect-get rugs.
This. Exactly. We have hand scraped -- I forget the wood -- light colored with tons of grain and texture. It's scratched up by the dogs and only adds character...

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