Why does a 9 year old dog suddenly become scared of thunder and what can I do about it?

Question: is this trait unique to domesticated dogs vs wild canine species?

Try building him a nest/hidey hole, cut up a box, put his blanket or toys in, drape something thick, like a comforter, to soften the noise over the box. Put the box close to you. Then just coo reassurance them, keep telling them they’re ok.

I’ve seen this work before. Good Luck!

We’ve thought off and on about this little beauty:

You’re correcting someone who hasn’t logged into the board in over five years, which is a high likelihood when resurrecting long-quiescent discussions.

So, although it’s worthwhile to counter misinformation, I’m just saying “don’t expect a conversation with that poster.” (Since you addressed them directly.)