What should I bring to the event?

Bring your signed waiver and your doggy bride or groom to the Check-In table when you arrive. Check-In begins at 7:30. You'll get your Doggy Do's swag bag, then be directed to our on-site vet to verify your dog's age and health. Bringing documentation that states your dog's age (copy of birth certificate, rabies certificate, vet receipt), will help expedite the check-in process.

Where should I stand for the wedding?

At Check-In, you'll receive a colored wrist band that indicates what section of the wedding area you will be in. After getting our on-site vet's sign-off, you will meet your Dog Steward, who will give you more information on your exact location and the schedule of events.

What type of leash should I bring?

All dogs must be on a leash for the event. Only non-retractable leashes are allowed and they must be under 8 feet long.

Are dog strollers/wagons allowed?

Dog strollers/wagons are allowed at the event but will not be permitted in the wedding ceremony area.

Why can’t my dog dress up or wear any special attire?

Participating dogs are not allowed to wear any clothes/special attire/jewelry/bandannas etc. as a Guinness World Records requirement to ensure the safety and comfort of the animals for the duration of the wedding ceremony. However, after the ceremony, feel free to dress your pet up and strike a pose at our DIY Doggy Wedding Photo Booths courtesy of Fetch Portraits.

Where should I park?

A parking map is available on the website at https://www.pawsandclawsvp.com/Parking.pdf. Street parking is also permitted where legal.

Is the event handicap accessible?

The event has handicap parking available and the wedding will be on the lawn in the park. Please let us know if you need assistance and we will try to accommodate the best we can.

Can I register more than one dog?

You may register as many dogs as you like! However, for the safety of animals and humans, an owner (age 13 and older) may only supervise one (1) or two (2) dogs during the event. If the owner is supervising two dogs, those two dogs must be marrying each other and be in close proximity to their owner at all times. Owners bringing more than two dogs to the event, or bringing two dogs that are not marrying each other, must have a separate handler (age 13 or older) supervising the additional dog(s).

Where can my kids and family go during the wedding?

For the sake of space and safety, we ask that only one person accompany each dog in the ceremony/attempt area. This area will be fenced-in but people may gather outside the fence to watch and cheer on the dog couples. If you have a young child that needs to accompany you, this will be allowed, with the understanding that it is your responsibility to monitor both your child and dog for their safety and those around you. Strollers and wagons are not permitted inside the wedding area. All participants and spectators will be asked to socially distance and wear a mask. The event will also be live-streamed.

This environment will have many dogs of different sizes. Will it be safe for my smaller dog to be there?

For the safety of the doggy wedding participants, we will have a separate area in the ceremony for smaller dogs based on their size. If your small dog is marrying a larger dog, this is something to consider as the couples must remain together during the 15 minute ceremony.

Do you turn away dogs based on breeds?

We do not believe any dog should be turned away based on its breed and we welcome all dogs. We ask that if your dog has known aggression problems (human and/or dog reactive) to please reconsider attending the event.

What precautions are being taken to ensure dogs are kept under control during the event?

We are recruiting dog trainers, dog walkers and only those with experience handling large groups of dogs. While Guinness World Records is only requiring one Dog Steward for every 50 dogs/25 dog couples, we are actively seeking TWO Dog Stewards per 50 dogs/25 dog couples.

What is the procedure if a dog fight were to break out?

Our highly trained Dog Stewards know how to spot potential signs of dog aggression and also know how to defuse a potentially dangerous situation. Each Dog Steward will be armed with an air horn and an Assistant Dog Steward to watch over the group of dogs assigned to them. If a dog fight does occur, the record attempt will be aborted and we will have to try again the next day.

Is there volunteer training to deal with a dog fight or an aggressive dog should it arise?

We have 20 Dog Steward volunteers who are seasoned and trained to deal with large groups of dogs. These volunteers come to us from various day camps/boarding/training facilities and most are certified in pet CPR and first aid.