After my husband and I installed new laminate flooring in our kitchen, we were pleased with the outcome. That is until we noticed that our 7-year-old beagle, Daisy was having problems walking across the slippery surface.
The problem is that the floor was covered in carpet, which gave Daisy a sense of stability, and now she’s falling down because she hasn’t learned to be careful. As much as I would love to throw up my hands and replace the floor with something more dog-friendly that just isn’t practical, so I have to find other solutions.
Here are three things you can try to prevent your dog from slipping on slick floors.
The first thing I tried to prevent my dog from falling on the slippery floor was to purchase some non-slip socks or booties. She already has booties that we use to protect her feet from ice and salt in the winter, but they are a little too thick to wear around the house. I ended up purchasing a set of non-slip socks from a local pet store for $10. They seem to do the trick, but my dog hates them. She takes them off every chance she gets. So, while non-slip socks are a great option for some dogs, they aren’t the best option for my dog.
While searching for a possible solution to this problem, I spoke to a friend of mine who trains fur-parents how to properly care for their dogs. She recommended that I purchase some “To eGrips ” sold online by Dr. Buzby. “ToeGrips” are designed to slide onto your dog’s nails and to grip the floor while they walk. They are small colorful rubber sleeves. We haven’t tried these out yet, but I have ordered a set, and I am eager to see if they work.
Covering your beautiful hardwood or laminate flooring with rugs may not be at the top on your list of things to do (I know it isn’t high on my list), but it may be your only option. Placing rugs throughout the kitchen will give your dog secure places to sit or stand, and also reduces the amount of area they have to walk across before they can get traction. Rugs may not stop all the slips or falls, but it will help.
Since my husband and I are still in the middle of our kitchen renovation, I haven’t had time to buy the coordinating rugs yet, so I’ve resulted to using bath towels until we can find another solution.
Some simple grooming can also lesson your dog’s risk of slips. Keeping his/her nails trimmed will allow more of the paw pad to make contact with the floor. If you hear a ticking sound when your dog walks it’s time for a nail trim.
Also, if your dog has hair protruding between its paw pads, trimming that hair may help him/her grip the floor.
The truth is, none of these methods are going to protect your dog 100% of the time, but if you are diligent you can reduce the likelihood of your dog slipping, falling, and injuring itself.
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