our girl LOVES sliding (she figured out she can run and slide LOL) on our hardwood floors.I use vinegar and water, or Murphy's oil soap, just a bit in a bucket of hot water. Personally I don't like the smell of Murphy's but it's what was recommended.
This house had wall-to-wall carpet when I moved in, and one of the first things I did was to rip it ALL out and refurbish the hardwood floors beneath. The only carpeting in our house is throw rugs. When you have pets, IMO, carpeting just doesn't make sense unless you LOVE to vacuum and shampoo carpet!
Older dogs sometimes have a hard time with hardwood flooring because they can't get traction. At that point, it's a good idea to lay down runners for them.
Yes but will it get the floors clean? I've tried ever known chemical available, orange glow with a microfiber mop seems to be the one thing that gets Nevada dust up for a little while at least. Doesn't seem to bother my dogs.All of that other stuff that people have mentioned is toxic to you, your animals and the environment and it's not actually good for your floors.