(Closed) What to do with my child (dog) on the wedding day?

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

@Miss2BaMRS:  hire a dog walker to come walk him. He will be just fine. 

Post # 4
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Honey bee

@Miss2BaMRS:  I would suggest taking him to a local doggie day care during the day for short visits (2-5 hours) and working up his confidence. Then by the time you get married, he will be ready for an over night stay. My dog used to have separation anxiety as well….it’s not healthy. We did this with her and it has helped her confidence, comfort and our bond.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

@bmo88:  We did the same with our dog. It doesn’t take them long to get used to being left.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Miss2BaMRS:  Often dog anxiety is a result of the signs the owner is giving the dog that something is wrong. We crated our dogs and they flipped out, cried, thrashed. We put them in our huge laundry room and they sleep all day because they don’t see us sadly walking away. 

Take him for a half day at doggie day care at a spa. Then a full day. Then your wedding day. 

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

My furbabies are staying at my parent’s house. Despite the fact we’re getting married Out of Town and it’s a three hour drive from where I live now, it’s less than an hour for my parents. Our wedding will be short and sweet, so the dogs will have no problem hanging out at the house for a few hours. My parents are watching them while we’re on our honeymoon as well. 

I understand the separation anxiety because I had the same problem with my older dog and it’s starting in my puppy. I second what bmo88 said and think you should take your pup by the doggy day care and build their confidence. I had to leave my dog alone for short periods of time every day until he was ok with being left alone while I was in class. I’m working on it with my puppy as well. If you start now, your pup should be ok by the time your wedding rolls around. 

If that’s not an option for you, is there someone you trust enough to come by and check in on him that isn’t coming to the wedding? 

Post # 10
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Honey bee

@Miss2BaMRS:  While as a human it “hurts us” to see them upset, it really is important for our pets to resolve their separation anxiety. Going to a doggie day care is good because it not only helps them be away from you, but it also allows them to socialize with other dogs and people. Ulitmately, it is your decision, but not addressing the anxiety will only hurt your little pup in the end….

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@Miss2BaMRS:  You’re not crazy! I was a nervous wreck the first time I ever left my older dog alone to go spend the night with FH. Your groomer said that while your dog whines and yelps for a bit after you leave, that he does quiet down? If so, then he should be ok on your wedding day. My mom said that my Gus used to do the same thing, sit and the door and whine for a bit but then he was fine. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Another idea is to find a professional dog walker in your area that will take care of dogs in their own home. This way your dog wouldn’t be left alone. I would look online for reviews, or ask your vet for recommendations.

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@bmo88:  

 

+1

It’s a good way to conquer separation anxiety slowly! If kids can do it, so can a dog ๐Ÿ™‚ 

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