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Very few things add warmth, sophistication, and elegance to any home as much as hardwood floors.

Unfortunately, those are the very first things that fly out the window when you have a sloppy drinker for a dog.

Does that mean you can’t have your cake and eat it? 

The answer is a resounding NO!

While it’s true that pets, especially dogs and their water bowl can be tough on wood floors, you can take steps to minimize the damage and keep your hardwood floors beautiful for years to come.

Let me show you how!

6 Simple Steps to Prevent Dog Water Bowl from Ruining Hardwood Floor.

1. Act Quickly!

This is the first and most important step in protecting your hardwood from water spills. That’s because wood flooring is still vulnerable to damage from liquid irrespective of how well it has been sealed or finished.

Your new investment can get ruined if spills sit on the surface of the hardwood floor for long – might have happened while you were at work or lost sight of your new puppy.

Always have a super-absorbent towel handy to clean any mess immediately you notice them. This will help prevent odor or discoloration of the wooden floor – this is especially true when dealing with dog or cat pee.

The degree of damage inflicted on your wooden floor will depend on how soon you discovered and dealt with the spill.

2. Put a Waterproof Mat or Towel Under the Water Bowl.

Dogs, especially those with beards, can’t help dripping water everywhere after drinking from their water bowl.

Heck, they are not tidy drinkers. They slobber and splash water on the surrounding floor, and they even go as far as dribbling some as they walk away from the bowl – annoying, I know!

To prevent (or at least minimize) water damage to your hardwood floor, you need to place a waterproof mat under your dog’s water bowl – preferably a mat with lips like Hoki Found Silicone Waterproof Pet Feeding Mats.

A little hack I found is to use a potty mat under the water bowl. Not only will this prevent spills from touching the floor, but it will also absorb and lock them away.  

Alternatively, you can put a large, super absorbent towel under the bowl to absorb spills and prevent them from sitting on your floor. For that, I recommend  JML Microfiber Bath Towel.

This step will help prevent discoloration or cupping in a floor section. 

3. Get A Dog Water Bowl That Sticks to The Floor.

If your dog does not just spill droplets while slurping water from the bowl but he occasionally spills the contents of the bowl. Then you need to get a water bowl that sticks to the floor.

I recommend JW Pet Company Skid Stop Basic Pet Bowl, it has raised edges, is deep, and has non-skid rubber underneath it to prevent your dog from sliding the bowl all over the floor

4. Consider Elevating Dog Water Bowl.

You ever wondered how dogs get water from the bowl to their mouth?

I used to think they lick it like we lick cone ice-cream, but that’s not how it works.

When drinking water, dogs bend the tip of their tongue backward into a spoon-like shape to help them scoop water into their mouth. See this HD slow Mo video

It helps if the water bowl is placed as high as his knee instead of being on the floor. This way, they can get more of what they scooped into their mount instead of splashing it on the floor.

A good example of such is the Pet Zone Designer Diner Adjustable Elevated Dog Bowls.

While this might help reduce spills, it probably won’t eliminate them altogether. That’s because dogs have an inefficient way of drinking. It works for them, but your hardwood floor might not like it.

5. A Spare Room Can Come in Handy.

If you have a spare room, you can save yourself the hassle and simply move the dog water bowl there.

However, you must ensure the door to the room is always open so your dog can come and go as he pleases. Else, you will have another problem to deal with – how to stop your dog from waking you in the middle of the night.

For best results, you can also place a rubber mat or towel under the water bowl when you move it into the spare room.

6. Trim Your Dog’s Nails and Care for Paws.

You don’t expect a dog that drinks and leaves the evidence everywhere to walk around the house carefully, do you?

Active dogs (and cats) with overgrown dragon claws can easily dig into softwood or scratch hardwood while trying to gain better traction.

Aside from that, you know that dogs get excited when their favorite person returns home, they get ‘zoomies’ and race around the house. Or, they dance around with excitement when they think a car ride or a walk is about to happen.

These are just as likely to damage your hardwood floor as water spills would.

To help protect your hardwood floor from your pets, consider getting an easy-to-use dog nail grinder to trim your dog’s nails on a regular basis. While you’re at it, get a paw protectant for your dog’s paw pad too – it’s difficult walking on snow, sand, asphalt, and grass with just those paws. 

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Last but not least. Remember…

Prevention Is Better Than Cure!

As is often the case, preventing a spill or protecting hardwood floors from sloppy drinkers is easier than repair.

Reduce or eliminate scratches on your hardwood floor by filing your dog’s nails regularly.

Finally, you can move your dog’s water bowl to a room without a hardwood floor – that’s if only one or two rooms have hardwood flooring.

This is probably the best way to protect your beloved hardwood flooring from your dog and his precious water bowl!