Dog Invited to Wedding Ditches Photo Shoot to Go Swimming in Lake—Video

Video showing a dog making a dash for a nearby lake during his owner's wedding reception has delighted viewers online.

In the clip, posted online by Alex Simon Productions, a canine named Jax can be seen bounding off in the direction of the lake just seconds after the groom let him off his leash to pose for a picture.

The happy couple evidently planned to have Jax pose with the wedding party for a few pictures. Unfortunately, as the clip shows, their dog had other ideas, forcing the groom and several groomsmen to give chase.

Though his escape attempt appeared stressful to manage the resulting footage that has proven popular on social media, racking up 6.3 million on TikTok. It can be watched here

While dogs are increasingly commonplace at events like weddings, owners are still advised to exercise caution when it comes to including their canine. For animal charity the Dogs Trust, one of the main concerns is related to something they call "situation-stacking" which can lead to anxiety for some pet pooches.

"Situation-stacking is where short-lived and separate situations happen in quick succession. For your pooch, all the feelings of excitement or worry stack up until they are completely overwhelmed and unable to relax," they explain. "With the continuous excitement of a wedding day, it's easy to see how your pooch may experience this."

The crucial thing is to ensure any dog involved in the wedding day is given short breaks away from the action and a chance to unwind away from the noise and spectacle of the celebration. This may involve employing a dog-sitter or simply getting someone the canine is familiar with to take them on a few short walks.

That's not to say that Jax is necessarily experiencing "situation-stacking" of course. More likely, he saw a rather tempting lake and decided to cool himself off with a quick dip.

In any case, his antics appear to have endeared him to plenty of people online.

Commenting on the clip, one user, posting as diannefouts said: "I love this video! Go Jax!!!" with britttorino declaring: "this is the best" and Katie Marie adding: "awww this made my day."

Zoescrystalsandtarot joked that the dog bolted "because he didn't get a tux" while jessicahartley500 commented: "I love how the groomsman really took off after the dog. really tried to stop him!"

There was no suggestion that the dog's antics ruined their big day either, with many online arguing that his dash-off may have actually made the wedding more memorable.

Rachel Bowers called it a "wonderful memory" with Justtheretoobserve writing: "if I'm the bride, this video is better than the picture was going to be anyway. Maria Davidson342, meanwhile, said: "This will be a story to tell in years to come plus this video is priceless."

Newsweek has contacted Alex Simon Productions for comment.

A dog at a wedding.
Stock image of a dog at a wedding - a canine called Jax caused chaos at his owner's reception after making a dash for a nearby lake. amportraits/Getty