We all know that old adage about a dog being man’s best friend. Of course, that is more or less true but it goes beyond that. Dogs are best friends and part of the family. Like any other family member, we want to spend time with our pups and would like to be able to take them to the places that we frequent.

If you are looking for a great place to take your dog, whether it is for a special experience or just because you don’t want to have to leave your fur baby at home feeling left out, we have compiled a list of the best dog friendly patios and restaurants in Knoxville, TN.

Dog Friendly Patios and Restaurants in Knoxville, TN

There are literally dozens of places in and around Knoxville that allow you to bring your dog with you to their establishment. They range from places that actually allow you to bring your dog inside to places with patios where you and your furry friend can relax comfortably and enjoy a great meal or drink. 

Keep in mind that Tennessee is one of the most dog friendly states in the union, so this is not an exhaustive list. In a lot of cases, you may want to inquire about bringing your dog to places you already frequent- you might be surprised to find out that they will gladly welcome your dog. 

If you do decide to take your dog out on the town with you, here are a few tips that you should remember:

  • You will need to have your dog on a leash.
  • If your dog is not well socialized, a restaurant or pub may not be the best idea. After they learn to be social with other people and dogs, then try taking them out to a restaurant with you.
  • Make sure your dog is up to date on vaccines before you go. This is for the safety of your pet as well as everyone else’s. 
  • Start small. If it’s your first time, do everything that you can to make it a good experience for your pet. Don’t stay too long and reward their good behavior. 

Once you are sure that your pet can have a comfortable experience, here are some of the places you can take them for a fun time out:

Enjoy a Social Life with Your Dog

It is fun for you and your dog to have your own play date or night out. As long as you are making sure your dog is safe and welcome, taking them out with you can be a great experience for you both. 

Do remember, it is part of staying safe to make sure your dog is healthy and vaccinated. If you have any concerns about your dog’s health, what it is safe to feed them, or getting updated vaccines, contact your local veterinarian. 

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