5 Ways To Help Your Dog Walk on Slippery Floors
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Have you ever seen a “funny” video of a dog or puppy sliding across the kitchen floor? When I see these videos pop up in my news feed, my first reaction is, “I hope that dog is okay.” A dog slipping and sliding across a slick surface is not only physically dangerous to the dog but also can be very scary for him.
As a professional dog trainer, I often find myself working with clients on how to teach their dogs not to be afraid of walking on a hard or slick surface. You may be asking yourself why this is such a common behavior problem. Let’s take a little peek into a dog’s anatomy and how a dog naturally engages his feet during walking then compare that to a hard surface.
Why Are Slippery Floors Hard For Dogs?
Dr, Julie Buzby, the founder of Dr. Buzby’s ToeGrips explains that dogs don’t use their foot pads for traction, they instead use their toenails. “They will engage their paws, flex their toes, and dig their nails into the ground like soccer cleats.” Now, if you think about a hard surface, a dog cannot walk as he naturally would. Instead, his nails are pushed up higher, especially if a dog’s nails are not trimmed properly. This change not only can affect a dog’s gait, but also his security and his confidence.
Puppies are in the process of learning about their bodies and their world. Their zest and enthusiasm for life can often lead them down a path of injury caused by running across a room, hitting a slick floor, and twisting their body or even slamming into a piece of furniture.
Senior dogs also have their own set of concerns when it comes to walking on slippery floors. They are likely to be less secure on their feet, causing them to easily lose their balance and splay out on the floor. It is also harder for senior dogs to get up from a down position on a hard floor, since they don’t typically have the strength in their legs and body to push up, given their toenails can’t dig in as they would on carpet or the ground.
5 Ways To Help Your Dog Walk on Slippery Floors
In a dog’s ideal world, all surfaces would be made out of dirt. I’m not going to advise you to rip up your tile and toss dirt down or to boot your dog to live outside. I’m not even going to say carpet your entire house, although that is a nice option for a lot of dogs and families. Here are a few ideas to help your dog navigate a home with non-carpeted rooms.
- Keep your dog’s nails trimmed short. The longer a dog’s nails, the more likely your dog won’t walk properly (even with carpet). If you have slick floors, the challenge of walking safely across the floor is even harder.
- Keep the hair between your dog’s toes short and trimmed. If your dog is a breed with “slippers,” ensure that the bottom of his pads are trimmed. Fuzzy pads will only escalate the slipping possibilities for your dog. Learn how to groom your dog at home.
- Carpet runners are a nice solution if you can strategically place them in the walking path of your dog. This is especially important if you have stairs. Slick stairs are a disaster waiting to happen.
- No running down the hall games! No more playing games on slick floors. That is a surefire way to cause injury. Play outdoors if your dog is running, jumping, or fetching.
- Invest in Dr. Buzby’s ToeGrips, especially if you have a senior or special needs dog (not recommended for puppies) and a lot of slick surfaces. Dr. Buzby’s ToeGrips are non-slip grips that slide onto the toenails of your dog and naturally grip the surface of floors. Your dog’s regular nails cannot grip or dig down on a hard surface as they were intended, but ToeGrips allows a dog to use his natural gripping ability.
Caring for a dog sometimes means looking at situations from his point of view and coming up with the best solutions to make their lives more enjoyable and safe. Hardwood floors and dogs aren’t a match made in heaven for the dog. Dr. Buzby’s ToeGrips help improve your dog’s life by increasing the anti-slip traction needed to walk on slippery surfaces. You can learn more about Dr. Buzby’s ToeGrips by visiting their website or reading about my experience with them helping with Dexter’s neurological condition! We’ve been Dr. Buzby fans for years. 🙂
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50 thoughts on “Are Hardwood Floors Safe for Your Dog? | Tips to Prevent Injury and Slipping on Slippery Floors”
I should take your advice into account!
Glad to help, Cristina.
This is something that luckily we have not had a problem with as most of our rooms are carpeted. Great tips here though x
That’s fantastic! Us too.
OMG. This is a brilliant idea!!!
This is additional knowledge for me. I always had cats at home and they keep slipping. It looked funny. I never realized that dogs or any pet are prone to injuries due to slippery. They are just like humans too. Thank you for enlightenment.
I’m happy to share. If your cats have furry foot pads, trimming them would be helpful.
I’ve never heard of these toe grips, but what you’re saying makes loads of sense. My mum’s dogs are really scared of the wooden floor at the entrance of the lounge, before the rug, and it might make their lives happier if I invest in these! Thanks for sharing.
Hi, Kelly. I’m so glad to share. ToeGrips are an amazing product and company. You won’t be disappointed.
This is what I would call truly taking care. Our pets are dependent on us and hence our thoughts can make their life a great easier and comfortable.
<3 Thank you.
That was such a great advice. Dogs are really fragile to slippery floors. I better share this post.
I appreciate the feedback and share. 🙂
My husband and I don’t have pets yet but I know he’s been dying for a dog. This is great for when we actually have one of our own to make sure what to do!
Glad to hear! It’s nice when future dog parents are planning ahead.
These are wonderful tips to make the issue of walking on slippery floors be less. I always feel bad when I see videos of dogs slipping and falling. This is great advice.
Thanks, Romy. I’m glad to share some tips. Those videos are very sad.
This is some great advice. I had never considered just why dogs found hardwood floors so difficult and slippery.
Thanks. Happy to share. 🙂
These are great tips. I don’t have a dog at the moment but want to have one. I will keep these tips in mind.
Thanks, Garf. Good luck on finding your new doggo.
Great tips! My dogs have always slid around on hardwood floors!
Thanks, Whitney. Hopefully, you are able to implement some of these ideas.
I am loving the tips here. Great for senior dog owners. Dogs need to be safe in the home.
I appreciate that!
My son has hard wood floors. He and his fam just got a baby G. Shep. She slides across the floors. I’ll let him see this…he’s visiting tonight!
GSD puppies are adorable. Such big ears! Thank you for sharing.
I love these articles, always gives me a little bit of sense what I need to do to prevent my dogs from slipping. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you, Amy!
love these tips! every single one of them is important especially for our dogs. Thanks so much for sharing
Thank you. I appreciate that.
I didn’t realize how keeping the dog hair short between the toes was so important until recently and we had to deal with an issue. He had to take an antibiotic. Thanks for all the great tips here as well.
Oh, no. I hope Oreo is ok. Glad you caught the issue.
This is a great idea especially when you have older pets especially. Great idea!
Thanks, Catherine. I totally agree.
This is such an interesting invention! The dog really appreciates the support!
I agree. ToeGrips are so simple, yet improve a dog’s quality of life immensely.
I never considered that wooden flooring would be slippery for dogs
Yes. They can be quite a challenge for dogs.
All our floors are slipper and my dog has slipped a few times which was not pleasant at all. Thank you for these wonderful tips. I sure will implement them
Glad to help. Slipping is no fun at all.
this is great. we just got a dog but luckily, no hardwood floors! we do have tile though
Congratulations~ Tile would pose the same issues with gait, especially as they age.
Can’t tell you how many times my dog slips and slides all over these kinds of floors. Best to play outdoors!
Hopefully, these tips will help. Outdoor play for sure.
Interesting post, I will pass this on to my dog owning friends!
Thanks for sharing!
I know that older dogs find it difficult to walk on slippery floors and it is risky for them too. Great advice on how to manage.
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