Sophie has never barked "at" anything or anyone. Even mailman coming to door, dogs running by in front of the house, etc she has never once gotten real excited or made any peep at all just watches hopefully and tail wags. Unless someone she knows comes on the porch then she goes nuts but still no barking.
I have only ever heard her bark in play when she is all wound up
but it is a totally different kind of bark from an alarm bark.
Yesterday the goodyear blimp was flying very low over our house for the 4th. Sophie saw it and went bouncing like a cartoon dog across the back yard staring up at it as she did and then she BARKED at it! Only a couple of times and it was kind of an awkward bark like she needed some practice.
We went out later and she saw it again and didn't bounce but did do another bark at it. I got the video camera out (what I wouldn't have given to gotten that first run and bark on video) but she was over it by then and just lay down and watched it calmly.
A little later a neighbor dog went down our alley, usually she will run to the cyclone fence gate and visit the neighbors dog through the wire wagging her tail but not making noise. Yesterday she saw the dog, raced into the back yard and along the fence (the dog was continuing down the alley and our fence is 6 ft and solid but tiny cracks between the boards so can see movement). And she barked AGAIN. Still an awkward bark.
It was so cute and so sad at the same time lol. Little girl is growing up and finding her voice. I can no longer say she has never barked "at" anything. I like it that she has enough confidence to not bark.
Thankfully also she didn't even acknowledge the big loud booming going on all around our house last night. Just slept thru it and even when we went to yard to potty she pretty much ignored the noise.
I hope all the forum pups have a safe stress free 4th too!