Thunder Storms and Fireworks... aahh, the joys of summertime. Some dogs are not bothered by these loud noises. Whether it is their personality or their socializing or breed purpose, there are many dogs who can tolerate all of these loud annoyances. However, for whatever reason, there remains a number of dogs who are totally petrified of these loud noises. I have heard that some breeders play special CDs or expose the pups very early on to these loud noises (like if it is a gun dog breed) that this helps to desensitize the pups for later on in life. I have LEARNED that if the mother is exposed to these sounds and is used to them while she is pregnant, that the pups should have an easier time desensitizing as well. However, if the mother is scared by these sounds, she may secrete hormones (as a result from adrenaline) into her system which will in turn effect the puppies own chemical reaction to stress later on. That is one reason why a good breeder will choose the mother by a calm temperment, and not breed skittish fearful dogs.
Rosie spends her third 4th of July in her crate with her kitten, Solace