So Spirit is absolutely a train wreck whenever there is thunder. She completely loses her mind, running around barking and can not be distracted even with the very highest value treat in the world. A friend told me about Sileo, which is a new medication on the market for things like thunder phobia. We tried it out for the first time tonight and so far it has made a big difference. Spirit is still a little nervous about the thunder, but she is sitting calmly, watching the rain. She accepted a trachea to chew on and is now napping. I don't expect it to fix everything, but it at least creates a situation that Spirit can work on some training during thunderstorms, and start building positive associations. I highly, highly recommend it. And yes, I know that essential oils and melatonin and thundershirts might help some dogs, but they did NOTHING for Spirit. So if you have a dog who really suffers when it is thundering out, it might be worth a try.