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yeah something like a crackling fire can scare a dog. What you want to do is some classical conditioning. Start with him at a fair distance before you get the fire going. Far enough that he can hear it but that it is muted by the distance. As soon as you hear a crackle give him some real meat. Keep doing this at a distance gradually getting closer to the fireplace. If at any point he balks at a crackle, back off on the distance. This has to be VERRRRRY gradual. Do this over a few evenings . Eventually he will associate the crackling like a clicker trained dog will associate the clicker,- a predictor of something good. Hard to say why this is a change in his ways, something changed his attitude, you may never know, but that's not important.
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