Let’s assume that you have arrived at your new home with your pet. You will find that your pet has the same problems adjusting as the other members of the family do. It must learn the way around the house and neighborhood. The pet must meet new neighbors, both animals and humans. It must adjust to new water and climate, and must learn where it can and cannot go.
It is advisable to keep the pet within the home until it realizes that this is a HOME and not a temporary residence. It may wander off and try to find the former residence. This is especially true of cats; they should be confined for several weeks.
Make the animal feel at home by using familiar dishes, blanket, toys, and other items. Check with your neighbor to determine any special problems which your pet might encounter. For example, the neighborhood grouch. Also make a particular effort to keep your dog inside on garbage collection day. There are better ways to meet your new neighbors than over a garbage can upset by your dog.
If you carefully plan your move with your pet, you may make a smooth transition for your old to your new home. Bet, be prepared for the unexpected; it can and probably will happen.