Ever since I've been an adult, I've had dogs that don't bark. Zoe and Scout, like Chloe before them, were Siberian Huskies, and true to the breed, they howled rather than barked.
And because of that, I guess, having a dog that barks has been an adjustment for me.
Lucy has a voice. And she likes to use it.
Lucy barks at Ricky when she wants him to chase her. And sometimes she offers a different bark when he's playing too rough with her. She also has an entirely different bark she uses when she's in her crate and someone comes to our front door. It's sort of a deep grumble. And then she has this other bark she uses sometimes with strangers that approach her that she's not too sure about. It's pretty mighty, and she makes her point. I figure, Lucy is my first "guard dog" with a bark like that. I feel very safe walking with her at dusk. She's not going to let anyone sneak up on us! But yeah, every now and then, I'm a little embarrassed when she does it.
Ricky doesn't bark much, but every now and then, when he really wants to play, he'll do his little bow and bark a couple of times. It's really, really cute- of course!
Like I said, I've had to get use to the fact that my dogs bark. It's the voice they have. Why in the world should I try to convince them not to use it?