Inhibited bite

When a dog bites and there is no skin damage, the dog is said to have a “good acquired bite inhibition” or a “soft” or “good” mouth. This ability to bite without skin damage may be developed in the first four months of the puppy’s life during free-play with other puppies. Puppies need feedback, in the form of play interruptions, for excessively hard biting, but their jaws are too weak to cause pain with pressure alone. .
Dogs learning social behaviour while playing. Photo: Mats Gerentz