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A Dog in Your Perfect Day

Your best friend(s) can have a place at your wedding
Brooke Lee Talley and Edan Jon Schultz of Carterville, Ill.

Picture a Fido dressed in a miniature tux trotting down the aisle as the ring bearer — the image is nothing short of adorable. There are a few things to keep in mind before making this a reality. Here are some tips for pet parents to consider when including a furry friend in their wedding.

1. Personality Matters:
It is important to consider your pet’s personality when making the decision to incorporate him into your wedding. If you have a free-spirited animal, he may resist walking down the aisle in a manner that you’d prefer. Assign someone to walk with him to avoid any mishaps. If your pet is nervous around strangers, limit his role and have him leave after the ceremony. Is your dog really friendly? Allow him to stay for the reception.

2. Training Day:
Take your pup to the location of your wedding weeks in advance to become acquainted with the area. Allow him to practice walking down the aisle and reward him with a treat afterward. This provides your pup with an incentive to behave on your big day.

3. No Dogs Allowed:
Unfortunately, very few religious and indoor venues will allow dogs on location other than service animals. Be sure to check in advance that pets are allowed on the premises. An outdoor wedding may be easier.

4. Give a Heads Up:
Be cautious of guests with pet allergies, as a dog could make the experience of attending your wedding unpleasant.

5. Doggy Chaperone:
Don’t leave your pet unattended. Designate someone as the dog’s sitter.

6. Safety First:
If you decide to dress up your dog, make sure that his costume does not constrict his breathing or movement in any way. A decorative leash is a great option for pets participating in weddings, as this is something that your pet is probably already accustomed to.

7. Feed Me:
Have dog food and a bowl of fresh water handy at the reception to ensure that he is well fed. Make sure your pet doesn’t sample human food — a good rule at home, too. 

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