1. Ensure you harness or crate your dog properly for the car trip — on moving day and every day.
2. To help maintain your dog’s sense of security in his day-to-day routine, try to gradually move forward with your moving plans by packing boxes and storing household items weeks ahead of time. This is far better than waiting until the last minute, which may tend to confuse your dog.
3. Be sure to have an appropriate ID tag attached to his collar with the current address and phone number, as dogs sometimes become disoriented during a move and try to dart away.
4. If you have to travel a long distance to your new home and run the chance of making an overnight stay at a hotel/motel, plan ahead of time for a pet-friendly establishment. This will save you a lot of stress from trying to find a suitable hotel in the middle of the night.
5. On moving day, it may be wise to tuck your dog into a room of his own with food and water and only disturb him for bathroom breaks. Keeping him away from the confusion will help prevent disorientation and stress.
6. If you happen to be flying to your new destination, it should go without saying that choosing a pet-friendly airline is of utmost importance. Plan ahead of time with a suitable airline and do not be shy about asking questions as it pertains to dog travel and whether or not he is small enough to be carried on board with you. If the airline makes you feel uncomfortable as you ask questions, choose another carrier.
7. Just as it is wise to keep your dog in a quiet, closed-off room in the old house on moving day, the same rule should apply in the new house when you and the rest of your family arrive.
8. When you arrive at your new home, unpack your dog’s belongings as soon as you get there. These items would include his bedding, food and water bowls, and dog toys. This will help your dog adjust as quickly as possible to his new surroundings by having familiar items around him.
9. Moving creates security issues for dogs and other pets alike. Pay attention to potentially dangerous items as you unpack. Electrical cords, small objects, pantyhose and plants are just some of the items that could end up in your dog’s mouth.
10. Check the new house for possible places from which your dog may escape. Loose screens, holes in fences, and half-shut doors will enable your dog to escape and may result in him getting injured or lost in the new area.
Now that you have arrived in your new town, it’s time to find a veterinarian. Finding a groomer is also a good idea. And should you have to leave your dog alone during trips or when at work, look into a pet sitting service that can help your dog adjust in the new home until he is ready to be alone.