What is Pup Play?

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Pup play, also known as puppy play, is a form of roleplay that involves a person willingly choosing to imitate a dog. Pup play is popular with people in the BDSM community and is often used as a form of expression, or to enhance particular aspects of BDSM such as submission and obedience.

Who can participate in pup play?

Pup play is quite versatile, and can be enjoyed whether you are alone or have a partner.

Solo - Pup play is still enjoyable even if you are the only pup involved. This can be either if you are alone, or with a partner that isn’t also participating in some form of pup play.

As a caretaker - Pup play also accommodates others who may be interested in pups but don’t want to be one themselves. You can take on the role of a caretaker, looking after and training a pup instead of being one.

In a group - Pup play easily accommodates group play as there are lots of different roles for people to play. Pups can form packs, with a dominant pup as the alpha of the group. You can also have caretakers involved and stray pups who don’t belong to a pack.

What do pups do?

Pup play is an expressive form of roleplay, usually requiring pups to be prepared to assume their role as one. This preparation includes putting on pup play gear such as pup hoods, tails, mitts, collars and leashes to get into the right headspace.

Once a pup has assumed their role physically and mentally, they can now begin to act like a real dog. Activities include walking on all fours, tail wagging, panting, barking, playing with bones and anything else you can think of that dogs do. Pups can also play with their caretaker if they have one, with some pups choosing to have an obedient personality while other pups may decide to ignore their caretaker's orders.

Is pup play just a fetish?

Although pup play is commonly associated with BDSM and fetish communities, it is important to remember that pup play isn’t always sexual. Extreme roleplay like pup play can act as stress relief, allowing people a temporary escape from the real world while they explore a new sense of identity. Other people will enjoy pup play sexually, incorporating it into their sex life to enhance the experience.

Is pup play safe?

There are a few things that you will need to consider to safely take part in pup play.

If you are with a partner or a group, it is essential that you clearly establish boundaries, rules and safe words before you start. This will ensure that all parties involved are comfortable and can enjoy the pup play session without having to worry.

It is also important to pay attention to your own physical and emotional well-being during the session. If you are feeling uncomfortable or overwhelmed at any point, communicate this to someone you feel comfortable talking to and take a break. Pup play should be a fun and enjoyable activity, not a source of stress or anxiety.

Another consideration for staying safe is to make sure any pup play gear is cleaned and maintained after each session. This will help reduce the risk of getting an infection or injuring yourself.


If you are interested in exploring pup play, the first thing you will need to do is research and educate yourself on pup play. This will allow you to make informed decisions about what you are comfortable doing in a pup play session. Reaching out to pup play enthusiasts is a great way to learn more about it, as well as being able to network with other pups and caretakers.

It is important to remember that pup play is a way for you to express a different side of yourself, and what works for one pup may not work for another. It is important to be open and honest about your needs and boundaries, and to respect the needs and boundaries of others.

When you are properly educated and well prepared, pup play can be a unique and enjoyable roleplay experience.