For many people, their pooch is a four-legged best friend, so it’s understandable that it simply wouldn’t feel right to celebrate their special day without them. As weddings have now returned, and more venues are happy to welcome furry friends, it’s an exciting time for many. PDSA Vet Nurse Nina Downing said: “The idea of bringing your dog along to your wedding is a wonderful one, but you’ll need to prepare well in advance.
Here’s our list of things to consider when proposing to make your dog ‘pooch of honour’.
“Once your pup has accepted their wedding invitation, it’s important to check whether the venue is suitable for them to spend the day.
With all the excitement around planning a wedding, a few simple necessities might slip your mind.
“Ensuring your dog has a safe space indoors to ‘take time out’ is essential.
“You’ll need to consider where they can stretch their legs, go to the toilet or relax away from the festivities.”
Designated doggy sitter
“Make sure you have one specific person who will be in sole charge of your dog as you and your spouse will be very busy.
“Make sure they know each other well and arrange this well in advance.
“Knowing that a reliable friend or relative is caring for your dog, making sure they have regular ‘time outs’ snacks and toilet breaks, will take unnecessary stress off your shoulders.
“If your pooch does become weary or stressed, your dog carer can take them home and settle them without disrupting the celebrations.
“You know your pooch better than anyone else, so it’s important to ensure they have an appropriate role on the day!
Calmer, well-behaved pups might like a front-of-house job such as ring bearer or ‘best dog’.
“To avoid anxiety, opt for a shiny new collar, rather than dressing them up. For lively dogs, they may enjoy joining as a guest once the ceremony has ended.
“If you are planning on having a wedding rehearsal, take your four-legged friend along with you to settle any pre-wedding nerves.
Pooch-proof the area
“Traditional wedding or chocolate cake and alcohol are likely to be a part of the day, don’t forget that they are highly toxic to your pet.
Ask guests not to feed your dog”.
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