Here is a summary of some things to do in order to help your dog overcome his thunder/noise phobia:
- Get an audiotape with thunderstorm noises, etc.
- Start playing this tape at very low volume as a background noise while doing fun things with the dog (feeding, play fetch, give him a very special chew toy etc.)
- Slowly increase the volume and the length of the dog’s exposure to this sound.
Your goal is for the dog to not even be bothered at all when he hears thunder or other loud noises.
Do not over indulge him when he gets fearful, i.e. don’t pamper him or baby talk to him. If he acts fearful or stressed during any training session go back a step or two – you cannot rush him to overcome this!