Pup Play 101
Puppy Play 101 is a quick, no frills, everything you need to know about human pups in a nutshell, guide that has become the standard information nearly everyone now uses in their own human puppy guides, classes and other media.
Puppy 101 History
Pup Flip Gray wrote this guide in 2008 to answer the questions everyone was asking about human pups since human pups had become an endangered species at the time and seeing one was extremely rare.
(Even the contest part of International Puppy and Trainer "IPTC" was abandoned in 2005 then March 16, 2010, IPTC retired completely)
Papa Woof Roth expanded it in 2012 for his International Puppy Contest "IPC" Puppy 101 classes. Human Puppy Play has grown rapidly since the international puppy contests have returned and now men (and women), young and old, gay and straight, all over the world have embraced puppy play as a fun, safe way to experiment with the kinky side of life. It's been translated to several other languages and used in magazines and books like "Bark!" by Justin St. Clair in 2015 and by several TV shows and documentaries.
What is a human puppy / dog?
A puppy or dog is a human pet. It can be a male or female who identifies closely with real biological pups/dogs and lets go their human inhibitions and stress to embrace their animal instinct. They live in the moment, their entire existence revolves around getting a pat on the head, being told they are a good puppy, exploring anything and everything that looks interesting or fun, even if it's sniffing someone in public. A pup/dog may take on the persona of a biological canine to varying degrees from being on all fours chasing balls and barking instead of talking to only taking on the personality of a pup/dog but retaining their human abilities. On more than one occasion Pup Flip and Jaeger Pup have had someone at a bar or club freak out and run away screaming in terror when they first saw them in puppy gear. So what do you think happened next? Jaeger Pup and Pup Flip did what any good puppy would do. On all fours, they chased the fleeing human until the person stopped running.
For many it's just a type of role playing but for others it's a part of their inner spirit, it's who they are whether in pup gear or not.
How should strangers approach a human puppy?
Most pups/dogs love to be petted but a stranger should approach a human pup/dog the same way they would approach a real canine. If the pup/dog has a human with them, you should ask the human if it's ok to approach or pet the pup/dog. If the pup/dog is alone and turns away or growls when you approach them, you should leave them alone. You should never try to grab a pups/dogs collar or leash and if they are wearing a lock you should never touch it or the collar as some owners take this as an act of disrespect to them personally. A pup/dog that wants to be petted will make it obvious and might move toward you or they may lick or sniff you when you approach.
A human pup/dog approaching another should use some common sense, never just run up and pounce on the other pup/dog without properly introducing yourself using barks or whimpers or human language. The other pup/dog might not want to play or their owner/trainer/handler may not allow them to interact with other pups/dogs.
What are the differences?
A puppy is younger (no matter what their human age), they are more playful, mischievous and less obedient.
A dog is older, less playful, more serious, protective and obedient.
Gear/Furry pups are more into the role play playing aspect. They love the gear and the acting more than the mindset. When the gear comes off, they retain little or none of the pup/dog personality.
Slave dogs/curs are rare, not a pet and not a normal part of the pup/dog world. They want to be treated lower than a sub-human, caged, humiliated and disrespected. Many inexperienced Tops and Sirs mistakenly think this is the normal desire of everyone that identifies as a pup/dog then attempts to treat any pup/dog they meet as such and gets upset when the pup/dog ignores, growls or tries to bite them. A puppy is not a human slave.
What is puppy play?
Puppy play is NOT about bestiality. Human puppy play does not involve real pups/dogs in sexual activities and it does not mean someone desires to perform sexual activities with real biological pups/dogs.
Puppy play originally began as a way to humiliate or punish a boy by making them look and act like a dog but many found they identified more with being a pet than they did as a boy or slave. The punishment turned out to be more fun than humiliation. So began the puppy movement. Today it is growing in leaps and bounds as more and more people find their true nature as a pet.
It is different for everyone that takes on the role of a puppy or a dog. It sometimes involves a trainer/master/handler/owner where a pup is trained, disciplined or simply acts like a spoiled pet and sometimes it may only involve playing with other pups/dogs or playing alone. Some pups completely relinquish all human characteristics, becoming a true "pet" while others retain varying degrees of their human characteristics.
For some it's completely non-sexual, there is no erotic or sexual interaction at all, simply relying on someone to feed and reward or discipline them is only an exciting variation of Dominance and submission (D/s). For others, they are always a human, capable sexual behavior with other pups or humans. Puppy play has strong naturally occurring elements of D/s, ownership and control, as well as other traditional BDSM aspects
Puppy play depends on what the people involved are hoping to accomplish, it can be nothing more than role-play fun or an escape from reality using an alternate personality.
What activities are involved in puppy play?
Anything a real puppy/dog might do! It can range from simply sleeping on a pad on the floor at night, to housetraining, to chasing a ball or Frisbee to wrestling with a human or other pups to playing a day in the life of a "pet owner".
Taking care of a human pup/dog can be as demanding as taking care of a real pup/dog or as simple as living with a roommate. Depending on the pup, there may be a lot of training and care involved. Most people will not want to clean up the floor or the human pup after it pees or potties but some might want to have to train them not to. Others may prefer their pet to be more self-sufficient and clean up after itself as well as help do chores around the house.
What do human puppies/dogs wear?
At home, most owners/trainers/handlers demand their pets always be naked other than a collar and sometimes a hood, tail, mitts, knee pads and maybe socks or shoes for foot protection since real canines don't usually wear clothes. It's up to the owner/trainer/handler to determine what, if any clothing is to be worn.
At clubs, bars and friends homes pups/dogs usually wear as little as possible ranging from totally naked, to jock strap, to wet suit, to normal street clothes. Use common sense, you don't want to make people too uncomfortable or violate dress codes. Most local police require genitals and pubic hair to be covered as well as at least a 1 inch wide strap in back. If you can't wear it to a public beach you probably can't wear it to a public bar.
At restaurants and other public places, common sense applies. Normally you can wear a collar and sometimes some pup gear can be worn, sometimes not, depending on the situation.
What toys/accessories are involved in puppy play?
Collar and leash to take them for a walk.
Padded knee pads to protect their knees while crawling.
Padded bondage mitts or socks to restrict thumbs and pad the knuckles.
Squeaky toys and balls with rope through them so the pup/dog can grasp it with their teeth.
Large dog bowls or shallow dishes such as cake pans shallow and wide enough to get the pups/dogs face in.
Cage for punishment or play large enough for the pup/dog stretch their legs out straight while sitting up.
A large, well padded dog bed for taking naps or sleeping.
Restraint devices to train the pup/dog to stay on all fours or for punishment.
A muzzle, hood or mask (preferably with ears) to keep the pup/dog from talking.
Butt plug tail or belt with a tail attachment.
Housetraining pads for the floor if needed.
Treats for rewarding good pups/dogs.
A rolled up newspaper to correct minor behavior problems.
Chastity devices if your pup/dog tries to hump things or people. Be sure to get one that can be left on when urinating.
Anything else an owner or a pup wants that helps them get into head space.
What is involved in puppy training?
Hard-core puppy trainers may want to use behavior modification techniques using the following tools to train their pup/dog:
Restraints may be used to restrict the pups ability to stand up or use their hands since pups/dogs are always on all fours and don't have thumbs. Note: This can be physically debilitating if taken to extremes or frequent breaks are not allowed.
Muzzles or hoods may be used to prevent the pup/dog from speaking since pups/dogs bark and whine, they do not speak, they use body language or other antics to convey what they want. Remember to remove it frequently to allow them to drink. Note: If a human puppy is never allowed to speak or interact as a normal human being for long periods they may become psychotic and dangerous to you and themselves.
Cages or shock collars (around their thighs never around their neck) may be used if a puppy engages in or responds to normal human conversations since pups/dogs can only understand and respond to simple commands, like "sit", "stay", "come", "heel", "fetch" etc.
Dog bowls may be used to feed pup/dogs. Human faces are too short for most dog bowls so use a shallow bowl or one large enough for them to get their entire face in. Being a human pup/dog requires a lot of energy so keep a lot of water available to them. The human tongue was not designed to scoop up water so be sure to keep the bowl full or use a water bottle. To enhance the eating experience, canned human foods such as beef stew, corned beef hash or breakfast cereals can be used. They can be relabeled if desired. Human pups/dogs should never eat real dog food! It does not have the correct nutritional content and may give them diarrhea, make them very sick or poison them.
Chastity devices may be needed to keep horny pups/dogs from humping the furniture or peoples legs. Be sure to use a style that can be left on while the pup/dog urinates.
Being a pup/dog 24/7 is a fantasy. The human body needs to exercise as a human and communicate regularly as human to remain physically and mentally healthy. Being on all fours 24/7 would result in joint, muscle and spinal damage and never having a normal human conversation could result in a psychotic pup/dog that may be a danger to you and themselves.
To be a healthy pup/dog, they have to be a healthy human.