If you’re looking for scratch resistance and general hardness, porcelain tile or concrete flooring are reliable options. However, these types of flooring tend to be particularly smooth due to their low coefficients of friction, which causes dogs to slip and slide. This can result in back and/or hip pain for dogs over time.

While wall-to-wall carpet isn’t ideal in many people’s eyes, this type of flooring ultimately provides the most comfort and stability for our four-legged friends. A great way to counterbalance porcelain tile or concrete flooring is to use area rugs. This way, you won’t have to compromise on your ideal flooring material, but you can still provide a reliable grip for your pet’s health.