A Dog Survival Guide for Weddings

Do you love your dog so much that you think your wedding would not complete without him? Are you so emotionally involved to your pet that you feel you want to bring it when you attend special occasions like wedding? The pet dog has always been dubbed as the man’s best friend. Nowadays, you would even find dogs holding the role of the groom’s best man!

Some people are very attached to their pet dogs that they want to bring him or give him a special role in events like weddings. If you are this kind of person, you would surely love this list of tips on how to include your dog in the ceremony or bring it with you when you attend one.

How to Include your Dog in your Wedding Ceremony

  • Consult with the venue authorities first.

Before appointing your dog any role in the ceremony, it is crucial that you inform the people in charge of the ceremony venue first. In some churches and other wedding venues, pets are not allowed or there may be restrictions about bringing pets, so you have to know about these things before going on with the wedding planning. If the venue authorities would not allow it, consider finding another venue or have your dog stay at home instead.

  • Choose a suitable role for your dog.

It is your pet so you know its behavior and temperament. Basing from its personality, you should choose a role that will be fitting for it. For example, if your dog is energetic and smart, it may be able to do the job of the ring bearer effectively (given that it would be held on a leash by an usher and the ring will be in a pouch to be carried in his mouth).

Practice your dog for its role.

To ensure a smooth flow during the ceremony, make sure that your precious dog knows about its role in the event. Practice several days before the wedding and be sure to reward your doggie for doing it right.

  • Appoint a dog handler.

You have so many things in mind during your big day so it would be ideal to have someone walk your dog or take it to a place to relieve itself before the ceremony.

Tips for Bringing a Dog to a Wedding

First and foremost, you have to tell the couple in advance that you are bringing your pet with you. This way, they can inform you if the dog is allowed or not in the venue or if they are comfortable with the idea of having a pet during their wedding. This will also give them time to make necessary adjustments if ever. You may request to be seated far from children or other guests who are not fond of dogs. Do not have hard feelings if the couple does not say yes.

  • Give your dog a good bath.

Before going to the ceremony, be sure to wash your pup so that guests who have allergies on pets would have nothing to complain about.

  • Ensure that it is well fed and relieved before going to the wedding.

This is important to avoid unnecessary behavioral problems or tantrums that may cause to disrupt the event.

  • Leave your beloved dog at home.

This is the right thing to do unless you can be absolutely sure that your pet can behave well during the event. You do not want it doing something that can ruin the couple’s special day.

Some people may not understand why you would want to give your dog a special role in your wedding or why you would want to take it with you during special events like weddings. But as long as your dog is allowed in the premises and it does not do anything to ruin the occasion, there is nothing wrong in considering these options.

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