Linda! They look great!! Wow - look at the three of them - relaxing like brothers
What beautiful pictures. Gorgeous dogs!!
Gambler is soooo cute!!
I know what you are going through with the play nipping! Max would literally hang off Jack's lips - and Jack, being the docile Golden he is - well - he'd tolerate more than I would ever think he would.
Don't worry! There is something between dogs called "The Puppy License".
I think what you are seeing right now is Buddy and Beau letting Gambler use his Puppy License.
What I mean by that is - even older dogs recognize and tolerate puppy behavior! Gambler's Puppy License *will* expire. It's an amazing thing to watch.
Buddy and Beau will decide when his license expires and when it does - they will begin to put Gambler in his place. They won't hurt him , but they will let him know in language only dogs understand- they he is not allowed to behave that way anymore.
I will be very surprised if he ends up to be "pack leader" - it may seem like it's heading that way now - but I believe it's because Buddy and Beau are letting him enjoy puppyhood. This is a good thing!
When his puppy license expires you will all of a sudden see Buddy and Beau teach him his manners! They won't tolerate the biting (you shouldn't tolerating it when he does it to you, or any human skin right now) - they will put him in his place as far as who gets to do what first etc...
Just keep a good vigilent eye and guide them through this as THE Leader.
It really is a neat process to watch! And, Goldens are just the best... so gentle. Gambler is one lucky little guy to have such gentle teachers!!