Last's night storm was an early reminder that thunderstorm and fireworks season is fast approaching. If your dog is noise phobic remember to not comfort them during their anxiety attacks. Telling them "it's okay" or petting them just reinforces their stressed behavior. It is best to just let them handle it the best they know how, whether it be hiding under the bed, in the basement, or seeking refuge in their crate.
While there is no hard and true "cure", there are some treatments that can help your dog cope during her times of stress: medications, dog-appeasing pheromones, and products such as Rescue Remedy and the Thundershirt. Counter-conditioning and desensitization have also shown to work in some dogs. I am currently working on a research paper about noise phobia in dogs and I will provide detailed updates to all these treatments after my paper is completed.
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, IAABC-ADT, FFCP, CTDI