Wedding season is in full swing, and many people choose to include their four-legged friend in their big day. Some extra planning and consideration will ensure that your dog's participation in the wedding will be smooth and safe. The American Kennel Club offers the following tips for including your dog in your wedding.
Consider your dog's temperament before making the final decision to include him. If changes in environment, crowds, or increased attention stress your dog, then a wedding might not be the best place for him.
Do your research! Make sure your venue is pet-friendly. Also let the photographer you hire know that your dog will be part of the photos and make sure he or she is comfortable working with dogs.
Let invitees know that your dog will be part of the celebration, and be prepared that people with allergies or fear of dogs may not be able to attend.
Take a refresher obedience class with your pup. You'll want to make sure he can sit or lie down quietly during the ceremony and also that he's able to tolerate a costume if you choose to have him wear one.
Designate a member of your bridal party as the official "handler" during the ceremony or have your dog sit with a family member or pet-sitter in the audience while you recite your vows. This person should be armed with treats and baggies for cleanup.
For more tips on dog ownership, visit the AKC at akc.org.