Why does my dog scratch the rugs?
There are many reasons: * Sometimes dogs play and will whip back their back feet in a comical fashion which means they are happy, content and ready to play.
* They may be trying to make a bed, so it's to your advantage (if you don't have one) to get a dog bed. I get mine at Costco (I believe that's an American Company) as they are much cheaper. They have small ones and very large ones. The covers come off and can be washed.
After you clean the scratch site with hydrogen peroxide, put antibiotic cream on it. If you are referring to a cat scratch on, say, a dog, watch very carefully for fever or inflammation of the site. If your dog exhibits these symptoms, get it to a vet pronto. The vet has better antibiotics for cat-scratch fever than are available over the counter.
I'm not familiar with "Maples Rugs," but in general, yes you can use area rugs on hardwood floors. Importantly, though, it is critical that you use an area rug pad underneath ANY area rug. This is important so that a) you don't scratch the hardwood underneath, 2) provides slip resistance, and c) prolongs the life of your area rug.