Is mouthing during play allowed?
It is natural and acceptable as long as no one is getting hurt. If raised properly, your dog should know good bite inhibition. A lot of dogs can sound and seem like they are being aggressive during play. It is your responsibility to make sure both dogs are comfortable and do not take it to the next level. If your dog is causing damage or is being too aggressive, call a professional trainer to evaluate your dog.
What is mouthing and biting in dog play?
When dogs play together they will often nip and bite each other in a playful manner, as well as make noises. In most cases, this playful behavior is an appropriate way to let out energy, but owners should watch out for the following behaviors to keep their dogs safe and free from injury. Mouthing and biting during dog play should be allowed as long as no one is holding on. Dogs and puppies learn bite inhibition through play. In the dog training world, bite inhibition is defined as a dog’s ability to control the pressure of his mouth when biting, to cause little or no damage to the subject of the bite. During play, dogs will let each other know and correct each other when one of them bites too hard. You do need to know that accidents will happen when dogs roughhouse. Especially to dogs with skin like Pitt bulls, boxers or Grey Hounds, who’s skin tears extremely easily.