I know the title sounds crazy, but the whole situation is such a mess I don't even know where to start, so I'll try to be as clear as possible...
A relative recently passed away and in their will they left their house and dog to their son. However, the son did not want the dog and asked us to keep it since we already have a dog ourselves. We were glad to accept and a week ago, two-year-old female Schnauzer Lola was nicely packed in a dog cage and flewn halfway across the country to us. She is a friendly and tranquil ball of love, but...emphasis on BALL.
When she arrived we found out that she was severely overweight, borderline obese; and also severely depressed: Lola was bought as a companion for a very sick man and thus lived all her life laying in bed with him, only leaving his side to be fed and go potty (a nurse took care of our relative and the dog), so she got no exercise ever. We took her to the vet for a general checkup and thankfully, there were no health problems yet, however he did warn us that she was in serious need of a diet and excercise if we wanted her to stay healthy. We tried to follow his advice and that's when we discovered how severe her problems really are
For starters, the change in lifestyle seems to have been too much for her. She spent the first two days crying incessantly and holed up behind the washing machine. Whenever she sees a bed, she jumps on it, sniffing and searching incessantly. When she doesn't find her master on it, she just lays down whimpering (it breaks our hearts so much). She seems to oscillate between eating too much and nothing at all. And while our male dog, Pika (a 1-yr-old poodle, neutered) has been friendly and welcoming to her, she mostly keeps to herself inside her hiding place. Yesterday we tried taking her out for a walk but she got scared of the outside and threw herself to the floor whining like she was being murdered. She is not agressive by any means and instantly cuddles up to whoever gets close to her, but if we can't get her to stop being so afraid of everything, how are we supposed to help her lose weight?!?!
though I also understand that, on top suddenly losing all your life and being taken to a strange place, suddenly being placed in a weight-losing regimen might be too much for a poor dog.
I know dog psychology is not exactly an easy-to-understand subject, but if anyone has any tips on how we could make this whole transition easier for Lola, I'd be very thankful.