At home reception with scared dog

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Depending on where you are, there are probably a few different ‘rover’ type things. One of my co-workers does ‘dogvacay’ and there is a local company that started their own app. Since you have time, that would probably be the best idea IMO. Then he can be out in a field playing with someone that he will (hopefully by then) like and trust, rather than cooped up in a house with loud noises and unfamiliar people outside.

Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Do you a basement inside your home? If you do, why not just let me roam down there and leave the door locked/blocked so no one can enter? Granted it will still be noisy for him, but you can ‘practice’ doing this if it’s an option.

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

Michelle King :  Is he crate trained? We have four dogs – two that would be terrified with a large group of people and two that would be overly excited to have people to play with. We are still thinking about having an at-home reception, and had discussed crating them upstairs. They love their crates, and love them even more when there are peanut butter stuffed kongs waiting for them!

One of ours is especially nervous, he is on daily Prozac and Xanax for extra scary situations (fireworks, thunderstorms, etc). If your dog is anxious frequently, you could ask your vet about your options. You can also try calming spray but in my experience it hasn’t worked well 😘 (I am not suggesting to drug your dog just so you can have your wedding, just saying it might help calm him in the long run!)

Post # 19
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Does your reception have to be at your home?  Could you do a parents/friend’s house or a nearby park on the cheap? 

Post # 20
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

Dog daycare. 

Post # 23
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

Why can’t you confine him to a room and put music on. Your vet can probably prescribe an anxiety pill for him. Then you and your family close to him can check on him or give a bathroom break periodically. Put a lock on the door so other guests cannot get in if necessary. 

Post # 24
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

Michelle King : I always vote to keep my fur babies comfy. I as well would not be relaxed if I new they were stressed out.

How about a local park? Can you have the reception there? The rental fees are usually cheap – maybe $50. Many state parks are great covered areas you can use and still be local and affordable.

Post # 25
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

Michelle King :  Is your parents yard big enough to move the party to the back section of the yard? However, that means the house is off limits for guest to use the rest room – so rent some restrooms.

OP, every option people have mention you are saying will not work for Leo.

The only option left is to move the party to another location. Yes, your parents have a beautiful yard… but so do parks.

 

Post # 26
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2666 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Michelle King :  I am having both my wedding and reception at home in our backyard, and one of my dogs is afraid of strangers. My plan is to lock the door to the kitchen, not allowing any passage between the kitchen and the rest of the house (kitchen is accessible from back deck) and to leave the dogs in the livingroom, if weather forces things inside I will just put her in her kennel in my bedroom.

Post # 28
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Worker bee

Is there an area of your house you could keep him that will be off limits to guests?

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