With wedding season getting into full swing, many dog owners are wondering whether or not to include their beloved pets in their special day. While it can certainly be fun, entertaining, and adorable to have your four-legged friend included and all dressed up, there are a couple of things to take into consideration before sending them down the aisle.
Make Sure Everybody is OK with it
Check with everybody involved with the wedding before committing to having your dog a part of it. Some of your attendants may have allergies, the officiant may not approve, and the location may have rules against pets (many churches only allow dogs that are with a blind person to enter). Make sure to get the go ahead before you plan your entire ceremony around your dog being there to save yourself the headache later.
Ensure Your Dog is up to the Task
If your dog has problems accepting simple commands like “sit” and “stay”, then including them in the wedding may be a mistake. If your dog is easily distracted, they could wander away during the ceremony, something especially problematic if your wedding is being held outdoors. Having your dog in the roll of flower dog or ring bearer is a great idea right up until they go chasing birds with your rings in tow. Make sure they’ll actually make it down the aisle before you commit to having them come down the aisle.
Can Your Reception Accommodate Your Dog?
Just because your location is willing to have your dog there doesn’t mean that they’re capable of taking care of your dog. Make sure that they can provide food for your dog or that you provide them with the appropriate food if they can’t.
Make Sure Your Pet Will Be Entertained
You will have many responsibilities during the ceremony and reception, make sure that your dog can either entertain itself, or will be entertained by friends and family that are willing to play with them. Having a supply of dog treats and other chews like bully sticks and elk antlers is a good way to keep them occupied and happy without having to worry about somebody devoting time to them.
Have a Great Time
The key to your wedding is that you have a great time, and if you can incorporate your dog while doing so, even better.Be sure to keep these things in mind and you’re sure to have a great wedding day with or without your dog.