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How to Stop Dogs from Scratching Hardwood Floors

By Suzanne Alicie

Hardwood floor owners often find that their favorite puppy paws have left terrible scratches that ruin the finish of their floor. As a dog owner who has hardwood floors, I can share the despair and dismay at all those unintentional marks. The dogs don’t intentionally scratch the flooring, but a good play session with a tug of war rope can cause their claws to dig in. Running to the door to greet you in the evening and coming to a sliding stop can leave a huge gouge in the surface of the hardwood floor. Simply put, there are many ways your dog can unintentionally scratch your hardwood floor.

It can be very difficult to keep your dog from scratching a hardwood floor, but with a little preparation and adaptation you can keep both your dog and your beautiful hardwood floor.

Grooming to Protect Hardwood Floors

Proper claw grooming is very important to help preserve your hardwood floors. Dogs have hard claws that grow much the same as human fingernails. Unless your dog spends time outside his claws will likely need to be trimmed and shaped in order to keep them under control.

There are dog grooming products such as claw clippers that are made specifically for a dog’s nails, and files to smooth the edges of the nails. You can buy these tools in order to groom your dog’s claws yourself, or you can take your dog to a professional groomer. Your dog’s nails should be trimmed regularly so that they do not click and scratch the floor when they walk. If you trim your dog’s claws at home be very careful not to cut the nails too short, you could cause your dog a great deal of pain.

Doggie Fashion Accessories to Protect Hardwood Floors

Pet specialty stores have booties that you can buy for your dog in order to keep him from not only scratching your hardwood floor, but to also protect furniture and you in case he jumps. Some are made of a soft flannel and others have leather soles so that the dog can even wear them outdoors.

These little booties don’t interfere with your dog’s ability to walk, although the first few times you put them on you will probably enjoy a good laugh. Dogs don’t usually enjoy anything on their feet and initially will tend to high step or walk sideways as they adjust to the booties.

Another thing to watch when you put booties on your dog is their tendency to gnaw in order to remove something they don’t like. It will take time and patience on both your part and on the part of your dog to get him to happily wear booties. Nonetheless, the effort will be well worth it when it comes to protecting your hardwood floor.

Protecting the Hardwood Floor for Dogs

In the event of a small scratch, as distressing as it can be, you must understand that your dog did not make the mark intentionally. Punishment will not make any difference to the inadvertent scratches that will occur.

To protect your hardwood floor you may choose to apply wax. A layer of protective wax will help provide a buffer between your dog’s claws and the actual wood of the floor. This can make treating light scratches as easy as reapplying wax and filling in the gouge that was caused by your dog.

Dogs are a responsibility and much like children they will cause messes and damage, but dog owners love them anyway and just try to keep the destruction to a minimum. We will happily live with a scratched hardwood floor to enjoy the unconditional love of our puppies.

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How to Clip Your Cat’s Toenails

Did you know you can trim your cat’s toenails yourself? It is really very simple and it doesn’t take much time or effort once you get the hang of it. Not only that, you can save any fees the vet would charge you for this service if you had to have them do it.
There are several types of nail clippers and I have pictured my favorites below. There is one like a garden pruner, which is suitable for both dogs and cats. While I do have one, I tend to use it only on Skye, as it can be cumbersome to hold when you have a wiggling kitten to deal with. The second one is a scissor type with a rounded spot for the nail to fit into. This is usually the one I use on the cats, as I find it the easiest to use because you can just lay the tip of the toenail into the groove in the scissor. The third one is also a pruner type, but has a stop, that can be set behind where you are cutting. This is nice, because in theory you can’t cut off too much toenail and are less apt to cut into the quick of the nail and make it bleed. The last kind of clipper is a guillotine type (not pictured) and you squeeze it to make the blade cut just like a guillotine. The issue I personally have with these is that it is a lot easier to split the nail and if you have a cat that doesn’t like getting their nails clipped it is harder to use when they are wiggling and not sitting still.

The first thing you want to do is assemble your tools. Have a towel to wrap the cat in if they tend to be nervous. Get your clipper and make sure it has a sharp blade in it. You should also have something on hand to stop the bleeding, either a styptic powder or pencil in case you cut too close to the quick. I prefer the powder myself, and put it in a little bowl, so as not to contaminate the rest of the container. Last, but not least; have a favorite treat ready for after the clipping is done (I use a small piece of cheese). This gives the cat something to look forward to, and makes them less likely to balk the next time you want to clip their nails.
I start clipping toenails when my cats are kittens and after a few times they get pretty used to having it done. I try to do it in the evening, as if they have been active during the day, now they are ready to go to sleep and are usually more relaxed. I sit them in my lap, or hold them on my lap with their back against my stomach. If you have a kitten that you think may struggle, you can also wrap them in a towel, and take out one paw at a time to make clipping easier.
I hold the clipper in my right hand and squeeze the kitten’s foot just in front of the pad with my left hand. Pressing here on their foot makes their toenails extend out past their toes and makes the nails easier to cut. Most cats have four toes on their front feet and a dewclaw, which is their equivalent to our thumb. Their back feet usually have four toes, without a dew claw. Then I hook their nail in the groove of the nail scissors and clip. If you don’t have a lot of money to spend or just want to try clipping your cat’s nails yourself, to see if you want to do this at home; an inexpensive way is to take your toenail clipper (if you don’t mind sharing) and use that to snip off the sharp ends of the toenails. I’ve use this method too, and it also works well.
If your cat’s nails are white, pay close attention to where the nail turns pink. This is called the quick and is where the nerves and blood vessels end in the nail. You don’t want to cut into this or too close to it, as it can cause bleeding and pain for your cat. I suggest you try and cut at least 1/8” to 1/4” from the quick (toward the tip of the nail). If your cat’s nails happen to be a dark color, just snip off the end of the nail, this way you are less apt to hit the quick.  
You can save time, money and gas by clipping your cat’s nails at home yourself. Not only that, it is a great time to bond further with your cat. And who couldn’t use a little more cuddle time with their favorite feline.
Ruthie Bently

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The personal opinions and/or use of trade, corporate or brand names, is for information and convenience only. Such use does not constitute an endorsement by CANIDAE® All Natural Pet Foods of any product or service. Opinions are those of the individual authors and not necessarily of CANIDAE® All Natural Pet Foods.