Pizza docking, also known as dough docking, is a technique used in pizza preparation to prevent excessive rising or bubbling of the dough during baking. It involves using a docking tool, which could be a roller or a device with multiple small spikes, to create evenly spaced punctures or perforations on the surface of the pizza dough before adding toppings and placing it in the oven. These punctures help release trapped air and steam that can cause the dough to puff up unevenly during baking, resulting in an uneven crust. By docking the dough, the pizza crust maintains a more consistent thickness, texture, and appearance, leading to a better overall pizza eating experience.