Our 8 yr old German shorthaired pointer, Ace, is terrified of thunder. Has been since we got him at a year and a half old. Since his buddy, Bear, died (two years ago now, I think) and he'd been alone it's gotten worse. Well, now we have a wirehaired pointer pup that we are afraid he will influence. We've had two or three storms in the two weeks we've had the pup and we've been bringing her into the kitchen (even though they're not indoor dogs) because he goes into panic mode and will claw, dig, chew his way out of the kennel. He shakes and pants and just wants to hide under the deck. I don't want her to feed off his behavior and become the same way.
Does anyone know if there's a way to reverse a behavior that's been going on for so long? Or does anyone recommend sedation who has done it successfully with their dog? Thanks in advance!