We've got a foster here at the moment that's an ex-puppy farm breed bitch. She was homed, then passed onto rescue. We had no explanation as to why she was put into rescue but I think we're starting to piece bits of it together.
She's really hand shy and shows very little emotion when it comes to people. A few times when I've come to put her on a lead she's air-snapped at me. Its taken a few days to gain some trust before she would allow me to look her over. It turns out she's got a massive ear infection. She's been to the vets today and wouldn't let the vet near enough to have a proper look. The vet then muzzled her, at this point she went mad, growling, lunging and screaming ( I'm guessing at some point in her life she's had bad experiences with muzzles ). Obviously, seeing her in so much distress I took the muzzle off of her and she calmed down. The problem I now have is, I have a dog that needs antibiotic drops in her ears that she's understandably very protective over.
She's not been here long enough to realise that not all people are bad/ going to hurt her or to build up a bond with me. I've managed to get the drops in one of her ears as she was distracted with her nose in my cup of tea I'm just wondering if anyone has any tips on how best to deal with this? She's also massivly overweight (9kg) which is putting a strain on her joints again causing her even more pain, so bribery with food isn't really an option unless its low fat