Temporary carpet stair runner?

Q: I am renting a house with hardwood stairs. I have 2 large dogs and they are scratching them up. Is there anything I can put over the stairs without adhesive or anything else? I need something that is not permanent. Carpet stair runners?

I do not want to nail anything since I am renting.

A: Perhaps an inexpensive stair carpet runner, held in place with rods secured to the riser by a screw eye hook at each end?

Webmaster’s addition: Normally, the carpet runner would be stapled down, in pieces. The rods are generally cosmetic.

A low pile carpet runner will take more abuse than a high pile. I’d avoid a pattern if this is a DIY waterfall installation. Also, you’ll need a slightly narrower (1/4”) carpet pad under it. Check out the custom runner/broadloom idea here. It’s the least expensive material.