The Gift of Love
The Gift of Love - Wedding Favors, Gift Cards & Bridal Registry that Saves Dogs and Cats

  • New places and people can cause many dogs stress. Know your pet before making the decision to include them in your wedding, because some pets may not handle large crowds and intense situations well.
  • Make sure your wedding venue is pet friendly.
  • Make sure your dog is wearing an ID tag with at least two phone numbers.
  • Talk to your guests, including the bridal party, before hand to see if they are comfortable having your pet around.
  • Designate someone (not in the bridal party) to watch your pet for the day. Give that person permission to take your dog home early if the festivities seem to be too much for them.
  • Make sure you bring your dog’s water bowl, special treats and clean up bags.
  • If your dog is crate trained you can bring the crate to give your dog a time out if he or she gets stressed. Make sure while in the crate your dog is never left unattended and is in a cool place.
  • If you are having your wedding away from home, have the phone number and directions to the nearest emergency vet on hand.
  • Take photos with your dog before the wedding or on a different day.
  • Keep in mind your pet's temperament and abilities when deciding his or her role. If your dog is not obedience trained it’s not fair to expect them to behave in a certain manner unless they have been taught prior to the wedding.
  • Practice multiple times, like you would for any new trick or behavior. If your pet is going to be wearing a new item, like a bow tie collar or a ring pillow, put it on several times before the actual event. Offer treats and praise as you practice.
  • Consider letting your dog go home early with their pet sitter. A long day might be too much for them to handle but a few hours at your wedding will be a memory you will never forget.

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