Create a safe place for your dog to go to when she hears the noises that frighten her. You can also create a "hidey-hole" that is dark, small, and shielded from the frightening sound as much as possible.
Encourage her to go there when you're home and the thunder or other noise occurs. Consider using a fan or radio near the spot to help block out the sound.
Feed her in that location and help your dog associate that spot with other "good things" happening to her there. She must be able to come and go from this location freely.
Confining her in the "hidey-hole" when she doesn't want to be there will only cause more problems.
The "safe place" approach may work with some dogs, but not all. Some dogs are motivated to move and be active when frightened and "hiding out" won't help them feel less fearful.
The cage `quite time` becomes your dog's den, an ideal spot to snooze or take refuge during a thunderstorm, hide from danger, a place to sleep.
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