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You should look at getting your doggo a ThunderShirt (Amazon sells them). My dog gets crazy anxiety during storms and fireworks, but his thunder shirt legit helps all of that. He still lays really close and doesn't like to go outside, but it's worth it to keep him from panting so much he passes out.
Why don't you just let him come to the room? If for some reason that can't happen you could suggest this to your stepdad for the dog. I have heard a lot of dog owners had good results with them.
I know my dog has really responded to compression and positive reinforcement. Mine likes to be hugged but I know amazon does sell a thundershirt for dogs. And then I keep some treats handy for when thunder strikes so they don't seem so scary.
Get him a Thundershirt. It's just a tight fitting shirt that you Velcro on your dog. It's done wonders for our dog. [link]
It's specifically made for dogs with severe fear reactions and anxiety. It fits tightly so the dog always feels a comforting pressure, like swaddling a baby. P-Nut, our Lab Shar Pei mix wasn't a scared dog but he's always been really reactive and anxious, barking and jumping at everything. We saw this shirt at petco and only bought it because it has a 45 day money back guarantee...we put it on and it was like a wave of calm hushed his nerves. Never did I ever think he'd fall asleep next to me...and that's exactly what he's doing right now.
This might help the poor doggo.
A thunder shirt can be an old shirt, a Velcro strapped vest, or a working dog vest. They make the dog feel safe because of the pressure around their body.
Sweet looking pup!
This might be worth a try:
/u/phalapatate, you could try getting your dog a thundershirt to help with her anxiety!
I'm not sure where you are or whether you have already found a solution but we had the same thing with our mini schnauzer Burley, for him we used a product called a Thundercoat - [link]
Honestly, he was up three or four times a night and as soon as we introduced this to his nighttime routine he hasn't stirred once in five months.
May be worth looking at investing in a sleepeasy pheromone as well! [link]
If he isn't destroying anything or pottying when he is left with access to the kitchen and his crate, you might be on the right track.
Some things that might be worth adding to his current setup before changing things up too dramatically (my dog had terrible separation anxiety so I've been through this wringer too):
THUNDERSHIRT It does work, read the reviews.
You should get him this! My friend's poodle is terrified of thunder, and she swears it calms her (the poodle) down.
You should look into getting him a thunder shirt. It sound silly and I was skeptical at first but it actually seems to work well.
Pretty solid reviews on amazon. Do they make a human version?
Do you have a dog flap so that he can go outside to do his toilet?
Do you let him look through a window? Ours sits on an old armchair and I open the curtains for him. He likes to watch the outside, even when we're there.
Edit: Also, have you heard of the "Thundershirt"?