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Hi! I'm new here and found this board in an internet search. I am at my wits end with my 3.5 year old lab/golden mix. On New Years Eve, she destroyed her crate when fireworks went off in the neighborhood. She did this in a matter of minutes. When I found her, her mouth was bleeding and her crate was so damaged that I could not open the door. She has never been so terrified or destructive. I have known for a while that she was scared of gun shots, but I've never seen her react so violently to fireworks. Since NYE, she had been terrified of every little noise she hears outside. She stays outside the majority of the time. We've had two thunderstorms since NYE, and during both she has made attempts to tear down the house trying to get in. She has finally calmed down tonight, but she has been wound up for hours now, just the flash of lightening thru the blinds has sent her into a tailspin. I do not know how to handle her behavior. Should I satisfy her by letting her in the house whenever she cries at the door, leave her until she becomes destructive, scold her? I would appreciate any advice! Thanks in advance!