Dogs and Weddings

08/22/18 at 08:35 AM | Published Under Dog Behavior by Sandy Robins

Both children and dogs can be wild cards at weddings especially if they are part of the retinue. But a wedding with “flower dogs” or a canine ring-bearer can all go off without a hitch with a bit of strategic planning and, provided the pooch, or pooches, understand basic commands such assitand stayandcome.

Training is key because you don’t want them bounding down the aisle and jumpng up on the bride! And, provided they are calm, they can in fact have a wonderful relaxing effect on the bride and also sooth the groom’s wedding nerves. Besides, a wagging tail and or a doggy smile will most certainly add joy to the occasion.

First off, if you are getting married in a place of worship, its important to check that dogs are allowed. Often they are not. Fortunately, with a growing trend to get married in hotels,wineries and country houses, such establishments are more accepting.

Weddingpetiquette also dictates the bridal couple discusses a fur kid’s role in the ceremony with other key players like parents and other members of the retinue to ensure no one is scared of dogs or allergic to dog hair!

It’s a good idea to have several practice runs at home before the final wedding rehearsal. Some dogs are well trained enough to come down the aisle on their own. Otherwise it’s a good idea to have them walk on a leash with someone they know. However, a  cute little flower girl and an Great Dane sporting wedding attire and a bowtie may make a wonderful Kodak moment but it’s important to match them in both size and weight to ensure the little flower girl isn’t bowled over.

Some dogs really don’t like to dress up. So a great alternative is  entwining fresh flowers on a leash or adding a garland over the collar. Be sure to avoid flowers that are toxic to animals such as  lily-of-the-valley, daffodils, narcissus, sweet peas and tulips. There a useful list on the Humane Society of the United States website: www.hsus.org.

Dogs are very intuitive and sometimes pick up on the nerves and emotions of the moment. Calming sprays like Comfort Zone should help to calm doggy nerves. Or you can add some Rescue Remedy to the water bowl. 

For things to go off without a hitch, its important to have a designated dog minder who can step in and take charge of the dog at a moment’s notice. The same person can make sure the dog has had a bathroom break before the ceremony begins. Peeing on the wedding flowers or pooping on the scattered rose petals will not go down too well … 

After the wedding vows, an elderly pet may be tired and prefer to be taken home rather than attend the reception. However, if you plan to let your pet be present, politely ask guests not to feed tidbits under the table. Just imagine what a pooch can consume with a guest list of 100 or more …

Be sure to take your pooch’s favorite plush toy along so that he can settle down, relax and enjoy himself too. A Hear Doggy toy with a silent squeaker is perfect for such an occasion. He will be the only one having fun with the toy while  the guests party on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Author

Sandy-dog-554x1024 Sandy Robins

As the country’s leading multi-media celebrity pet lifestyle expert and  influencer, SANDY ROBINS documents the wonderful relationship that we have with our pets highlighting trends and innovative ideas as they happen.

Many dogs and cats have lifestyles that mirror their pet parents’ own lives. Nothing is too good for our fur kids. Consequently, the pet industry is a 58 billion dollar business – bigger than toys, candy and jewelry combined. Sandy documents this industry every step of the way  highlighting how these trends can improve our pet’s general health and well being and enhance our human-animal bond.

 

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