Post # 1
Our wedding is a little under a year away and I am trying to decide if we can have our 2 year old Dobie as the ringbearer. Does anyone have any experience with Dobies in a wedding. Initially we thought about having him as best dog, but he can’t sign as a witness. lol.
He is around 130 lbs and very friendly. We call him Sir Licks-A-Lot, cause he loves to give kisses. Our flower girl is FI’s 6 year old niece. Our Dobie adores this kid and would follow her anywhere. He even gets excited of you mention her name, or her mom. FSIL is his Nanna, and he loves her! She is my MOH and thinks it’s a cute idea. But I am concerened about him getting distracted and trying to visit with all the guests.
Any ideas how to train him or if I should just give up the idea and find a human? All advice is appreciated. BTW. Sir Licks-A-Lot walks around freely due to a training collar that beeps and shocks by remote. He hates a leash. He’s well behaved most of the time and can be bribed with people food.
Post # 3
I don’t have a Dobie, but I do have a pretty good sized dog that licks a lot. Unfortunately he wasn’t well enough behaved to be in our wedding, so I have no real experience advice for you. But I do know that if you’re dog is like mine, he LOVES to lick kids and babies. I think it’s their smell. Our dog follows my 5 year old niece around licking her like crazy. That would make a pretty entertaining walk down the aisle, but I feel like most people wouldn’t like it so much. If you do bring him, I’d stick him with an adult and make sure they have some treats.
Post # 4
If he’s good around a lot of people and will settle nicely I think you could do it. I would assign an adult, or at least big enough kid, to manage him though. Since he’s e-collar trained I think it could work well. The tricky thing for me was finding someone I could entrust the dog to but who would also be ok leaving the ceremony if need be. You also need to consider what you’ll do with him before and afterwards. I wish we could have had our dogs be a part but it didn’t work out that way. Oh well.
Post # 5
I LOVE that idea, I wish I could have all of my dogs (I have three) two huskies and a pitbull, but they aren’t obedient enough to be ring bearers and they are wanderers so they would be sniffing and licking everybody, but If your Dobie is good like that then YES I’m a huge fan of dogs in weddings! Why not? They are family too!!!
Post # 6
I wanted our lab to be the ring bearer but our church won’t allow dogs 🙁 So instead, I decided to have a couple of my bridal pics with him 🙂
Post # 7
If the weather allows the ceremony to be outside, we plan on having our 120 lb newfoundland as flowerdog. We will have him walk with ring bearer (my nephew, who will be 4 at the time, and knows dog well), on a leash. My parents know the dog very well and will be at the front if they need to grab him, plus I am going to ask a friend who knows the dog to be in charge of dog before and after ceremony.
I’m going to try and train Bosco to hold my bouquet for me, but we’ll see if that works. It might, he loves carrying things.
I would make sure you have a plan for how dog gets to ceremony, how he leaves, and designate one person to be in charge of him the entire time, preferrably in a position that they can grab him and hold him if there’s a problem during the ceremony.
Post # 8
@MissIntent: I LOVE Newfoundlands, they are so beautiful. 🙂
Post # 9
I voted yes, but with plenty of caveats. I would absolutely get him comfortable being on the leash. A wedding is such an unpredictable environment for an instinctive animal like a dog, and I would not want to take the chance that he might be spooked and take off, or knock down the flower girl and vigorously lick her while walking down the aisle. And I get that he is e-collar trained, but do you really want someone with the duty of shocking your dog in such a public manner if he does freak out a little bit?
So as long as he is always under the physical control of an adult (I hear that he loves the 6-year-old, but she should not be put in the position to be responsible for an animal several times her size–that is a grownup job).
Post # 10
So we definitely did this for our wedding. We have a rottweiler mix who is super well behaved and friendly. She is 75lbs (ok, so not as big but still, I felt I could comment). We got one of our friend’s sons (3 years old) to walk her with a leash down the aisle. It was perfect. She almost tripped him up at the altar but my husband saved the day and grabbed her. Great pictures!
I would suggest getting him used to a leash. Maybe if her is not good with the leash, just have one of the bridesmaids or groomsmen take him?
Our venue was not happy to have the dog there at all let alone stay so we had a bridesmaids boyfriend drive him home during the cocktail hour. He was very willing as he did not know anyone else at the wedding and she was in pictures.
I think having our best friends in the wedding is what it is all about, right? So if your best friend is Sir Licks a lot, he should be there to share the day with you.