Dogs are no longer welcome on the carpet at the Dog Museum.

The reason: too many canine accidents and too many fleas.It used to be that dogs on leashes could browse through galleries full of paintings, sculptures and photographs of dogs.

But then, "You'd walk into a gallery and you'd see a big wet spot there, and you'd say, `Oh, great,' " said Gail Haynes, the museum's business manager.

Not only that, but fleas left behind by shaggy visitors were biting the ankles of museum workers.

Dogs and their masters can still visit the community room. That's where the videotapes on dog breeds and dog training are stored.

That's also the room with the tile floor.