I've only ever had one noise phobic dog. Tango (Toller/Border Collie) was awful with thunderstorms, fireworks, strong winds, loud noises on the surround sound system, etc. She had a bad experience around 6 months old with a loud thunderous type noise, and my dad thought it'd be a good idea to coddle her and tell her she was ok, and since that day she would pant, shake, drool all over herself, etc. whenever there was an incoming storm or a windy day. I think if he'd ignored her (I made him stop when he did that first night as soon as I caught him) she wouldn't have been quite as stressed, but I think it was also just who she was. And a couple of siblings were the same way, so I wonder if it was genetic. I've never really made an effort to get my dogs used to storms. Just treated it like no big deal/any regular day when they happened as puppies. None of them (aside from Tango) have ever cared. I've often wondered whether one of those storm CDs would be a good idea for puppies, though. I've never used one, but I know lots of people who have. Hard to say if they actually make a difference or not though. I really hope I never have another phobic dog again... it was no fun to deal with at all.