Poppy has found her "voice" in the past month or so. She ONLY barks when she has something to bark at. Or a reason to bark.
She will give a short bark if someone comes to the door unexpectedly but then get all excited as we go to answer it.
At night she will have a bark outside at what I think is a cat (I saw it one morning when taking her out for a wee!).
This arvo she started barking at the noisy motorbike that was driving around our streets (a dirt bike that isn't supposed to be on the road but don't get me started on that one! Haha!).
We usually say her name then "shhh" if she carries on a bit. I wouldnt say that her barking is excessive but I don't want the neighbours to think of her as a noisy dog (because we do have a yapper or 3 in our neighbourhood).
So, am I doing the right thing? Should I be letting her bark it out (she has never barked for longer than 3 mins) or is "shooshing" her okay?