Your wedding day should be spent with those who you love the most, and that includes your pet. Many couples have their four-legged best friends in their festivities, giving them roles in the wedding party or simply having them attend as honored guests. When you want yours to be a “pupsmaid” or flower dog, here are a few tips to consider.
3 Tips for Handling Your Dog’s Part in the Wedding
1. Know Your Pet
While you might be imagining how adorable your dog will look carrying a basket of flowers down the aisle, if they haven’t quite mastered basic commands yet, your vision may not turn out as expected. Before you set your mind on including them, check with the venue to make sure pets are allowed. Then realistically assess your pup’s skills and temperament and whether they’re suited to be part of such a big event.
If your dog is shy, easily distracted, anxious, or doesn’t always follow directions, then it may be better to leave them out of the ceremony and just include them in photos or announcements instead.
The humans in your wedding party need to rehearse their roles before the big day, and your dog isn’t any different. In the weeks leading up to the big day, practice your dog’s role, which should be within their abilities, using the designated cues and commands.
Have your pooch at the rehearsal with their designated handler or dog sitter, and let them explore the venue so they can become comfortable with the sights and smells.
3. Expect the Unexpected
Even the friendliest, most well-behaved pet can become overwhelmed by all of the activity at your wedding. Have a backup plan in case your Dog of Honor decides they’d rather take a nap or sniff the flower beds than stand by your side during the ceremony.
Designate a trusted friend or family member to be in charge of keeping your pet calm and focused on the event and to take them somewhere quiet if necessary.
Above all, have a sense of humor, and be prepared to laugh it off if your pup decides to steal the show.
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