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Moving with pets


Moving with pets

Moving is stressful — even for our four-legged friends. Whether you are moving across town or across the country, when moving with pets there are several unique things to consider and add to your moving list to keep your pet as stress-free as possible. Today we’re sharing our ultimate guide for moving with pets to lessen the stress for you and your pet just a bit. Plus, if you’re moving to the Nashville area (or already live in Music City with a pup) we’ve got some great pet-friendly resources for you.

The Ultimate Guide for Moving with Pets

  1. Create a Safe Space During the Move

As you’re packing, make a space for your pet that stays constant throughout the packing process. Put their bed in a low-traffic area or room away from boxes and movers coming in and out.

2. Schedule a Vet Appointment

Vets know a lot about helping pets manage stressful situations. They are an excellent resource for questions about reducing your pet’s anxiety levels. During your vet visit, here are some things to ask about:

  • Double-check that all vaccinations are up to date and obtain a current rabies vaccination certificate (if needed).
  • Make sure your pet is healthy and stocked up on any regular prescriptions so that you are less likely to have to make an emergency visit during your move.
  • Discuss potential stress-reduction tactics or supplements to help ease anxiety.
  • Request a copy of your pet’s medical files and records if you are moving away from your current neighborhood or city and will need to switch vets.
  • Ask your vet for a recommendation for a new vet if you haven’t found one in your new community yet. 
  • Ask about additional tests or vaccinations if moving out of state.


3. Pack a separate emergency moving bag for your pet.

During the move, make sure you have easy access to medications, favorite toys and special treats to help calm your pet.

4. Pet-proof your new home before your pet arrives & then familiarize them to their new space

Consider pet safe plants, doors they can get in and out of, fencing your yard and more. Once they have arrived at their new home, give them a tour and create a safe space for them to get to throughout the day.

5. Research a Vet & Pet Resources in your New City

Utilize neighborhood groups, websites and local blogs to find great vets, dog parks, pet-friendly restaurants, hikes and so much more.

Pet-Friendly Resources in Middle Tennessee

Pet-Friendly Hotels in Nashville Area

  • The Hermitage
  • Hutton Hotel
  • Kimpton Aertson Hotel
  • Graduate Hotel
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton Nashville Downtown
  • Staybridge Suites Nashville Franklin
  • Staybridge Suites Nashville Franklin
  • Embassy Suites Nashville South Cool Springs
  • Aloft Nashville Cool Springs

Dog Parks in Middle Tennessee (where you can let dogs off-leash)

  • Centennial Dog Park, Nashville
  • Gulch Dog Park, Nashville
  • Warner Dog Park, Nashville
  • Shelby Dog Park, Nashville
  • Edwin Warner Dog Park, Nashville
  • Freedom Run Dog Park, Franklin
  • Barkwood Dog Bark, Brentwood
  • Nolensville Dog Park, Nolensville
  • Harlinsdale Farm, Franklin

Dog-Friendly Hiking Trails in Nashville (Please keep dogs on leash when hiking)

  • Greenways of Nashville
  • Harpeth Woods Trail, Edwin Warner Park
  • Day Loop Trail, Long Hunter State Park
  • Mossy Ridge Trail via the Connector Trail, Percy Warner Park
  • Hidden Lake Double Loop, Harpeth River State Park
  • Edwin Warner Loop, Edwin Warner Park

Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Middle Tennessee (These spots allow dogs on their porches)

  • Fido, Nashville
  • Double Dogs, Nashville
  • Butcher Town Hall, Nashville
  • Nicky’s Coal Fired, Nashville
  • Redheaded Stranger, Nashville
  • Red Bicycle Coffee & Crepes, Nashville
  • Joyland Restaurant, Nashville
  • Von Elrod’s Beer Hall & Kitchen, Nashville
  • Adele’s, Nashville
  • Tupelo Honey, Franklin
  • Blue Coast Burrito, Franklin
  • Mellow Mushroom, Franklin
  • Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant, Franklin
  • Mere Bulles, Brentwood
  • The Well Coffeehouse, Brentwood
  • Zoes Kitchen, Brentwood
  • Kalamatas, Brentwood
  • Oscars Taco Shop, Nolensville
  • The Mockingbird Restaurant, Springhill
  • Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint, Springhill

*For additional dog-friendly spots in Middle Tennessee or across the country, visit

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Written by : Sarah Wilson


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