My parents have a golden retriever that was left out in a big thunderstorm/windstorm when she was probably 6-8 months old. She is now 3, and gets all weird and anxious anytime there are loud noises. She can hear the rumble of thunder coming long before we ever do, and starts to cower and find a place to hide. High winds make her anxious as well, as do the fireworks in July. We have taken her out hunting with us, both pheasant and grouse hunting. One or two shots will get her attention, but much more than that makes her run away with her tail between her legs. We have never really trained her to bird hunt, so she hasn't had any gun training. My mom has asked around at the pet stores, and looked online for info on the subject, and most non-hunting opinions say that once a golden gets anxiety about loud noises, there is no hope. They basically say not to coddle the dog, as this gives them reason to think the noise is something to be afraid of. I have asked around at gun stores and such, and one guy said he has seen guys tie up their gunshy dog at the shooting range and keep them exposed to the noises until they get accustomed to it. The other thing I have heard is to start with firing a .22, at some distance, and move closer gradually, until the dog is used to it. Then gradually progress the dog by moving to a .410, then a 28, 20 and finally a 12. Would this method work, or is it a lost cause? What are your thoughts or suggestions?