Tips on including your dog in a wedding

White and black spotted dog with bowtie in front of wedding couple in a field.

Wedding season is in full swing, and many people like to include their four-legged friend in their big day. You’ll have to do some extra planning to ensure that your dog’s participation in the wedding will be smooth and safe, and a positive experience for your pup.

The American Kennel Club offers the following tips for including your dog in your wedding:

— Consider your dog’s temperament before making the decision. If crowds, changes in environment or increased attention cause your dog stress, then a wedding might not be the best place for him.

— Make sure your venue is pet-friendly. Whether you’re getting married in a church or at another venue, make sure you get their approval before bringing your dog on the premises. 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 guests know that your dog will be part of the celebration. Realize that people with allergies or fear of dogs may not be able to attend.

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