Activities For Dogs In Tennessee On Nice Days

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Introduction

Tennessee - the state is about as diverse as they come! From the Appalachian Mountains in Eastern Tennessee to Beale Street in Memphis, a person can find many different activities to indulge in while visiting the Volunteer State. The Appalachian Mountain range provides an immense amount of places for you and your dog to play. The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is pet-friendly; Memphis, as well as many cities in between, are home to dog parks that you can visit with your pup. There are many activities that you can participate in across the state, and the weather is pleasant much of the year, especially in the mountains.

Great Smoky Mountain Park

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Sunny Day
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1 - 3 hrs
Items needed
doggy waste bags
bottled water
toys
Activity description
The Great Smoky Mountain Park is dog-friendly, but only certain walking trails allow for dogs. The Oconaluftee Trail and the Gatlinburg Trail are the only two hiking trails in the national park which allow for dogs. This is in part for your dog's safety, and it is also for the safety of some of the animals inhabiting the park. However, you can still have a great deal of fun with your pup in the park. Always be sure to keep Fido leashed, and remember that you are responsible for cleaning up after your dog while on the park grounds.
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Get prepared
Rain can occur in the mountains at any time. Always take a small backpack filled with an umbrella and other supplies for you and your pup. You will want to keep a small towel handy just in case you get caught in a downpour or your pup gets a little too excited while playing in one of the many streams inside the park. Also, remember to take doggy waste bags, along with some bottled water for the both of you.
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Take some toys
Although you can't take your pup off the leash and allow them to run freely, you can still have some fun while out on the trail. Take along some chew toys so that if you decide to sit for a bit, your pup won't be bored.
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Explore the trails
The Gatlinburg Trail is relatively close to the city limits of Gatlinburg, where there are several pet-friendly restaurants. Take your pooch out for a stroll, then head over to downtown Gatlinburg for a leisurely meal. The Oconaluftee Trail is near several quiet streams that your pup will likely want to dive into. Remember that these streams trickle down the mountain, and, in cooler temps, may be uncomfortable to your pup.
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Dog Parks

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60 min
Items needed
leash
doggy waste bags
Activity description
Tennessee is home to many wonderful dog parks. One need not be near tourist attractions to find the perfect dog park for Fido, either! Nashville has a plethora of great dog parks, as do Chattanooga and Knoxville. Some parks are indoors, but most will be outdoors. Some feature water fountains and all offer great socialization opportunities. Others feature obstacle courses that are perfect for a high-energy pup! Regardless of where you go in the Volunteer State, you can find ample opportunities for taking your pup to a dog park. While all parks will have different rules, you can guarantee you will need a leash and doggy waste bags.
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Research the outing
It's always a good idea to check out the dog park - without the benefit of your pup's presence - prior to taking them on an outing. Some parks are also reviewed online, so you may also want to utilize that source for finding out all the important details before going to any dog park.
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Take the essentials
You can be certain that the park you choose will require your dog to be on a leash unless the pup will be in an enclosed area. Some parks are fenced in themselves, and so you can have your dog off the leash in the majority of the park. You will also want to take doggy waste bags, as most parks have strict requirements about cleaning up after Fido. The great thing is that they also provide waste receptacles for your convenience! You might want to take your pup's favorite ball or doggy disc for the areas in which you can play off-the-leash.
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Two Rivers Dog Park
This park in Nashville received a five-star rating from attendees. Visitors usually spend at least an hour in the park, and pups are allowed off-leash as this park is enclosed. Some visitors also take the opportunity to enjoy physical activity, walking around the park as their pups play. The park features a doggy water fountain, so you need not worry about lugging water bottles for you and your pup.
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Pup-Friendly Memphis

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Sunny Day
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60 min
Items needed
leash
Activity description
You might be surprised to learn that many hotels and restaurants in Memphis are pet-friendly! Not only is the Peabody Hotel pet-friendly, but the Madison Hotel in downtown Memphis offers a "Southern Sway for Southern Wag" package just for your pup! At least twenty local restaurants allow pets on a porch area adjoining the building. In addition, your pup might want to be "petted" just a little. If so, you can indulge them at a doggy daycare complete with a "spa" experience. When in Memphis, there are always loads of fun things to do, and now you can include your pup too!
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Overton Bark
Overton Bark is an enclosed area specifically for pups. It is a part of the Overton Park in Memphis. This dog park boasts of over an acre of room for your pup to run and play. This area includes puppy water fountains as well as cleaning stations, an area specifically for large dogs (as well as another for small dogs), and seating areas for pup parents.
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Madison Hotel
This downtown Memphis hotel really knows how to pamper your pup! For the low price of $10, your pup can receive the "Southern Swag for Southern Wag" pup welcome package. This treat for Fido includes toys, a guitar-shaped doggy biscuit (which you are able to customize with your pup's name), and a plush bed. Doggy bowls just for your pup are available in the package as well.
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Babalu Tacos and Tapas
Craving Mexican? Is the weather suitable for porch-sitting? Is your pup along for the trip? Then Babalu Tacos and Tapas will welcome the both of you! Pups are proudly welcomed on the outdoor lounge area, and, if you're lucky, your server may make some delicious guacamole right before your very eyes!
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More Fun Ideas...

Toss the Doggy Disc

While many dogs play with a regular Frisbee, the material of a traditional Frisbee can irritate the mouth of your dog. Purchase a doggy disc from your local pet supply store, and enjoy a game at the local park.

Take A Walk

On a pleasant day, grab your pup and take a stroll around the neighborhood. Your dog will enjoy spending time with you, and you will enjoy showing your pup off to the neighbors.

Conclusion

Tennessee is a beautiful state. From the Smokies to the lights of Memphis, there are a great variety of activities that are pet-friendly. Tennessee is also blessed with moderate temperatures a great deal of the year (unlike many of its other Southern neighbors, who battle the sweltering heat nine of the twelve months of the year!). So, if you're heading to Tennessee with your pup, just about any destination provides you with pleasant things to do on nice days.