Thunder Training is Helping!
Both Bunny and Jazz are afraid of thunder. Bunny is less of a concern for me because she just likes to curl up beside me during a storm. Jazz on the other hand becomes a basket case. He will tremble, pace, drool, hide, pant heavily, and will not take food.
I decided to try something new today since they were forecasting a possible storm and sure enough it has arrived. As soon as I heard even the slightest rumble of thunder I yelled "Scooby Snacks" and acted all excited and dispensed treats which both willingly took. I've been doing this for about an hour now every single time I hear thunder regardless of how faint it is. I'm acting like a fool every time I hear a rumble but the dogs are loving it. I even got my husband to take over thunder duty while I went to shower. I had to laugh when I heard him running down the hall yelling "Scooby Snacks!" He's not too involved with the dogs' training but he does have compassion for Jazz's fear and will do what he can to help.
The good news is that it has helped significantly. Jazz is still stressed which I can tell from the heavy panting but he is lying by the foot of the couch, not drooling, not hiding, and has taken the treat every time which he's never done before. I was even able to get him to play a little earlier. I think it's working this time because I started as soon as I heard anything instead of trying to give treats when he was already in his highest state of panic.
Just thought I'd share in case this can help anyone else with their fearful dogs.
Jazz, Shiloh Shepherd, 5 yrs old, CGC HIC
Bunny, GSD X, 7.5 years old