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the other thing that helps is a cd of noise. last year when we walked in the park there was loud construction going on, the noise scared my pup sooo bad, he wouldn't get out of the car. i made a cd of noises, trains, thunder, bangs, etc. i played it everyday very very low on the cd player and overtime he overcame his fear. thunderstorms don't scare him as much. fireworks, still terrified. i have also noticed he feeds off my reaction. if it's thundering outside, its a non issue in the house. during fireworks, i sat on the couch next to him, did not pet him or talk to him. he slowly calmed down. i use to pet and comfort him excessivly and it only made it worse because i was reinforcing his fear. it's soo hard because you want to protect them but sometimes just sitting next to them, letting them know you are there is what they need.