How to (Safely) Make Your Pooch a Part of The Big Day

If you’ve ever owned a dog, you know how they actually become a part of the family. So it’s only fitting that they play a special role on your big day!

Whether you and your fiance share a pet, or you want to make your childhood pup part of the celebrations, there are always things to consider. As fun and photo-op cute as it is, including your pet in the wedding requires some planning.

Here’s some food for thought:

  1. Carefully consider if your dog can actually participate. Such an occasion can be overwhelming if your dog isn’t comfortable around strangers or crowds. If he’s on the shy side, or tends to be aggressive around new faces, it’s probably best to leave him at home where he’s less likely to act up and will feel secure.
  2. Ensure that the venue allows pets. Many of them have a strict no pet policy, for obvious reasons. If they do, it would be good to include this in your contract.
  3. Give him/her a role that will use his/her talents. This will make your pet more likely to participate and enjoy the day. Does he walk calmly? Then he can be part of the ceremony. Would he rather fetch and play? Maybe he can be part of the reception games!
  4. Give him/her enough energy to last through the wedding day. Bring food and beverage along for your pet – this is easy to forget in the busyness of the day.
  5. Designate a dog nanny. Assign someone from the wedding party that will be with your dog at all times throughout the ceremony and reception. This will relieve you of the stress you might feel to ensure that your dog behaves properly.
  6. Consider the wedding party (allergies, etc). Check if your entourage or anyone who will be in contact with the dog has an allergy or anxiety related to dogs. It’s best to inform them in advance that your pet will be present.
  7. Practice for the big day. Rehearse as much as you can before the big day and leave ample time for your dog to become used to the environment. This way, he will know exactly what to do and when to do it.
  8. Groom him/her for the big day. Finally, take your pooch to the grooming parlor or wash and groom your dog at home so that he’ll look as good as his pet parents on the big day!

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