I have only had my adopted 2yr old female German Shepherd for 8 weeks, and today we have had our first few drops of rain. I had to coax her to come out under the patio with treats and as soon as she had eaten one she rain back inside through the doggie door. The rain drops were making a bit of a noise as they dropped on the patio tin roof and to me they weren't very loud and certainly not as loud as that of a big storm (which no doubt we will get in the next few months). My older dog and previous dogs have never been scared of loud bangs or thunder and lightening so this behaviour is new to me. It wasn't raining heavy and we really only had enough rain to just wet the ground and no thunder. Also I have noticed that she ran behind the furniture when someone let fireworks off in the neighbourhood the other night. I am learning who she is at the moment as different things come up and I didn't give it another thought that she would be so scared of certain things. So my question is is how to overcome it. I know not to comfort her as this will make her think that the behaviour is OK. We are still in the midst of summer here but in the next couple of months there will be a change in the weather and the rains will hopefully arrive and I would like to be armed and ready to respond. I have basically ignored the behaviour today after she had run back inside. She was an 'only outside dog' until coming to my house so it makes me think that she must have had such a terrible time if she was left outside in the winter by herself when thunder was around. I walk her everyday so once winter is here she will no doubt get caught in the rain from time to time and maybe that will sort the problem out. Also she loves the water and will jump in the river or the ocean with no problems so it seems it's more the noise than the water.