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I'm not sure why your dog is scared all of a sudden, but in terms of dealing with it, it's best to go right back to the beginning. Try using an iphone or ipad if you have those available, to record the sound of the dishes being done. Then you can play that much more quietly while feeding treats. Only play it at the volume your dog can tolerate happily without really noticing much. Then over the course of a few days you can increase the volume while feeding treats, and then start slowly with the real dishes. Perhaps one of you can feed treats while the other does the dishes. Basically you just want to fundamentally change your dog's emotional response to hearing the dishes clanging from "Oh no, scary dishes are unpredictable and I'm worried" to "Ooh, dish noises! That means treats are coming, yay!"