Well, our 'perfect' dog had to had a few flaws and it turns out that she's afraid of thunder.
It's not a massive overreaction, she goes into alert status with heavy panting and lots and lots of drool. She also tries to "herd" us back to the living room if one of us tries to leave the room, then she sits between us and not on her bed.
My wife briefly went to the shops and the dog whined and whined until she got back (more drool)
We've tried exaggerated yawning to indicate that we're not concerned about the thunder.
I've tried playing with her, she'll happily do her trick repertoire for treats but never stops panting and goes straight back to anxiety mode once we've finished.
My understanding is that we're supposed to act normally to indicate that there's nothing to worry about, but we both feel like we should be doing something to help.
I know we're not supposed to pet her or offer consoling words.
I'm aware that at some point we'll be away during a thunderstorm and this is what I'm worried about. We've no idea what she'll do.
Is there anything else we can try? Or will it lessen over time if we show no concern?
If it makes any difference, she's a Cattle dog cross and is normally very easy going and placid.