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Re: Loud noise and heavy rain storms.
It is very interesting that you mention the bathtub. Did she pick that herself? Since the majority of German Shepherds (well, most all dogs, really) don't PREFER to get bathed, she is showing you what is really bothering her. She has either had a close encounter with electricity, or in your case, a close call with lightning. She is responding to the electrical charges in the air. SO... get a box of dryer sheets, and when there is going to be a storm, rub her all over with one, as soon as you know that day is going to be stormy. Reapply off and on until the storm is actually present. Then, use the thundershirt. Allow her to stay where she wants, since the bathroom is a natural "ground" (because of the plumbing) that's why she wants to be there. This is an unusual occurrence for that line, so we should be able to get some relief by reducing the static electricity she is experiencing.