Does the value of house warrant spending the extra money for the real deal? From a dog standpoint there are a few advantages to a laminate. From an aesthetics standpoint, go for the real deal. I have 1600 sq feet of pergo, and wish I would have put down real wood. Labor costs could be a deal breaker. Did it myself , on the cheap. wish I would have put down real pine Having said that, the stuff has been bullet proof for 15 years. Like the look and feel of real wood much better. Tile in the kitchen, bathrooms for sure.
Scratches on real wood, they call that patina.
My place in Klamath, I sanded down the soft redwood floor, and put some oil on it. Spartan, rustic, but love the way it looks even after the dogs have been there for a couple of months.
Hope the two cents helps.