I have 1 1/2 old australian shepherd. He is a great and happy dog. He is really smart and easy to train. If you ask him "Ziggy wheres the bees" he will tear off around the house on a full-blown bee hunt. We also taught him to play hid and seek (which my 2 year old son's new favorite game). we will tell him " Ziggy...sit.. stay" then run around my house and hide. then we yell" Ziggy come find us" and he runs around looking for us. Although we could not ask for a better dog, he has ran off once during a thunderstorm and once because of gunshots. We have a pen that has contained him during storms but he starting climbing out. i rigged it up so he couldnt climb out and he learned to open the latch. he doesnt quite have it down yet and i know that i can lock it or tie it, but i really wish that there was a way to break him from his fear of loud noises. I would really appreciate any help.