If you’ve decided that your wedding is going to be a gathering of your nearest and dearest friends and family both of the two and four-legged kind, that’s fabulous!There are however just a few little things you may want to do to ensure your furry guests are prepared for your big day and their part in the celebrations.
Firstly you want to make sure that they are familiar with the venue. Take them to the ceremony and the reception venue if they will be attending both so they can sniff around and become a little more familiar with everything.
If you have an outfit for them or special collar, give them a chance to wear it for a least a few hours at some point before the big day. Ensure they are comfortable, and get used to the feeling of it.
Scout out the area with your dog and make sure there is a place that the person taking care of your dog on the day can set up a water bowl for your beloved pet.
If your dog is well trained and you’ve decided they will have a specific task on the day, like bring the rings down the aisle on their own or run down with a ‘here comes the bride’ sign, practice with them a few times before your wedding. If possible, bring a few friends with you who will also be attending the wedding.
Remember, your dog might get distracted or overwhelmed by all the people they see. The person at the end of the aisle can use things like small treats to entice your dog to execute their duties perfectly.
Preparing your pooch for your wedding is really important. Having said that, dogs can be unpredictable at times so just make sure that if they do something you weren’t expecting, like stop halfway down the aisle to get a pat from someone they know or do a little piddle, it’s no big deal.