Maya is not a barker. She barks maybe once a month, if that. I like that she doesn't bark and hope that it continues. I had assumed that it was just her personality not to bark and that she would always be that way. My friend has a 3 year old golden named Sophie who barks like crazy. She barks for several minutes anytime someone comes home. She barks at dogs walking by. She barks at her owner to try to get her to throw a tennis ball. She barks a lot. Anyway, my friend told me that Sophie didn't start barking until after she was one, and even then she didn't bark much at all until she was two. I know my friend rewards the barking behavior (when Sophie barks at her, she will throw the ball), so what I wonder is if it is normal to bark more as a dog gets older, or is it just because it has been rewarded? For those of you who have barkers, did they bark as puppies? Maya is 9 months old.