Frequently Barked Questions
The most frequently asked questions about the topic of pup play, for those who are interested, as well as newcomers:
Pup play is a role-playing game in which one person plays the role of a puppy or dog. You can play alone, together with other pups and dogs, with a master, trainer, handler, or any other of many possible roles.
It doesn't necessarily have to have a sexual background. For many, but not all, it’s a pleasant and relaxed way to leave everyday life behind and play casually with others.
No, real animals are not involved. You only enter the role of the animal, but don't involve it in the game.
Pup play is independent of gender, age or sexual orientation. Anybody can be a pup/dog, no matter what size or weight you are. The only important thing is to have fun.
That can vary. Some choose their name themselves, while others get it from their owner or from friends. There is no kind of ‘pup baptism’ or fixed ritual, and no rules about how the name should come about.
If you need some inspiration, you can search for names where the first letter matches your first name. You can also think about the things that distinguish you or that you like. It’s important that you like the name and that it suits you. Just like in real life, a dog does not usually change its name.
Roles in Pupplay
A pup is your faithful companion for playing, cuddling and loving. They are more lively and excited than an adult dog, but usually listen even less to the handler’s commands.
A dog dives into the headspace just like a pup and takes on the role of the animal. In contrast to a pup, they listen better to the commands of a handler and can already do some tricks.
Anyone who supervises a pup can be a handler. They’re the one who holds the leash, plays with the pup and takes care of them.
Trainers educate pups and teach them tricks. The trainer and the master can be the same person. This also applies to the role of the owner, which is taken on by a fixed person and doesn’t change from game to game.
Not every dog is excited, playful or perhaps clumsy in their behaviour. In order to be able to describe the differences in the behavior of a dog more simply here, one can divide everyone into two groups: puppies and adult dogs. This makes it easier for a handler to adjust to what the dog is already capable of, and to know what to look out for in education.
In addition, there are other divisions, such as young and old dogs, which are even more specific to the individual characteristics of the dog.
Several dogs can come together to a fixed pack. It may exist just for a single session of playing, but it can also exist as a firm and long-lasting circle of friends.
Similar to a real pack, there is usually a strong hierarchy, led by the alpha. Beta and Omega are other common rankings, but they can also be split even further. The form of the pack, and the rules that apply there, are determined within the herd or given by the alpha.
The headspace (world of thoughts) is the mental state that a pup enters when playing. Pups live the moment: they don’t think about the future or the past, but act according to their instincts. To enter the headspace means putting aside human thoughts and worries and reviving the inner dog.
A handler, or equipment, can help to lead someone into the headspace and to explore the essence of the dog, but is not absolutely necessary.
There is not exactly one game with the one ideal pup. For some, it's all about social behavior, while for others the sexual aspect plays a significant role. For everyone, Pupplay has its own kind of expression and can be combined with a variety of (sexual) varieties.
There are no rules for how a dog should behave. Everyone is as individual in their character, behavior and needs as the person behind them. The character in the game can fundamentally differ from that of humans. Exploring them is a very exciting part of the game.
Get on all fours and start barking!
In the beginning it might not be easy to get into the role. Whether with or without equipment: What works for one pup might not work for the other. There is also no one kind of pup play that you have to follow. For the first step, it's probably best to just try it out.
Try to think like a puppy. When you see a ball, you want to catch it. When someone gives you a reward, you start wagging (even if you don't have a tail – it's still cute). Human language doesn't play a big role for you unless you get praised.
There’s not much else you need to worry about. It's all about having a carefree and playful attitude, and sometimes snarling at the next best squirrel.
Some people don't know what to do with a pup at the start. But it’s not that complicated. Often it’s enough to treat the pup like you would a real puppy. Stroke them, play with them, and praise them if they behave well. Care is an important part of your relationship with each other. There is nothing more beautiful than to experience the affection and joy that a pup brings you when it joyfully wags its tail.
If you want to train with your pup, you can fall back on normal training books for dogs from the pet shop. Keep in mind that your pup can't do everything the same way as a real dog, and make sure they stay in the role (people can learn tricks faster).
Bio-dogs can't talk, so this should be taken into account when playing. However, there are other ways to communicate with each other. Besides sounds like barking, growling and whining, body language plays an important role. The following graphic offers some inspiration as to how it might look:
Dogs are dogs. This has nothing to do with a slave from the BDSM world. However, there are sometimes overlaps, where the pup acts similarly to a slave, or would like to be treated as one.
This should not be taken as a rule. As with all kinds of play, the rules should be discussed beforehand. Always learn what the other expects from playing, and where the limits are, regardless of whether the pup wants to serve or just retrieve a stick.
Absolutely not! If the pup doesn't signal that he wants to take it off or it is not necessary for other reasons, the mask must not be removed. Not even if you only want to see briefly what the person underneath looks like. This interrupts playing, and may pull that person out of the role.
The most important thing for pup play is the headspace. It's about immersing yourself in the life of a puppy, and forgetting everything human. In general, no equipment is needed for this, but it can help with getting into a pup state of mind.
Masks are available in many different types, each with different characteristics. Some are open, so that more of the face can be seen, and the facial expression is more recognizable. Others are completely closed, and look very realistic. Note that with some it is difficult to talk and drink. This can be intentional, as dogs can't (shouldn't) talk.
Paws prevent a pup from using their hands like a human being. At the same time, they also protect the hands during prolonged play. As with most accessories, paws can help to dive into the headspace.
Human knees are not intended to be under stress and on the floor for long periods of time. Knee pads therefore have a very practical use, as they protect the knees from injuries and allow you to play for longer. Suppliers of sports equipment (such as volleyball or paintball) are a good place to look for these.
For many pups, a collar is the most important accessory. Not only can a leash be attached there, but it also symbolizes the role a dog plays. By attaching a tag the connection between pup and owner is clarified, and for many people this represents a very important event in the life of a pup..
Tails are great for identifying yourself as a dog. You can express your feelings with them. They are available in various different materials and sizes, and can be worn in the form of a butt plug, or attached to clothing such as a belt.
Every dog needs toys for chewing and hunting. This should be as soft as possible as human teeth can be damaged by hard toys. Therefore, do not use bones or other hard materials.
If you play a lot, you have to drink a lot. A large bowl is better because the human muzzle is not as long as that of a real dog. Unfortunately, bowls can often not be used when wearing a mask, or require a straw.
Handlers and masters use treats for education and to reward a dog for correct behaviour. Fruit gums, fruit pieces, chocolate and mini salami are very suitable for this. Caution: Some dogs do not think of their allergies, so ask their owner before you feed them!
Equipment can be obtained from different sources. In addition to the relevant shops, normal animal and sports equipment can also be used.
For online shops outside the EU, please note that parcels may have to be collected by customs. This is not only associated with additional waiting times and costs, but can also mean that the package must be opened and viewed together with a customs officer.
The following list contains the most common shops where you can buy equipment:
The best way to make new contacts is via the German Telegram group. In the PuppyPrideDE group you will find many pups, dogs and handlers – both newcomers and old hands. Here you can ask all the questions you have about pup play and get to know like-minded people.
You can find pups near you via the regional groups. Here you can address local topics and organize meetings. You will find links to these groups in the PuppyPrideDE Group.
If you prefer personal contact, there are many events that have established themselves where you can get a to meet other pups in real life. In addition to events lasting several days, such as the annual Doggy Weekend in Erfurt, there are more regular events in the form of regular meetups. You can find You can find all the events in our calendar, which you can easily subscribe to on the device of your choice.
Puppy Germany is a group of puppies, handlers and fetish lovers who have the aim to create "Puppy Germany" as a title, in the tradition of a "Mister" fetish. With the "Puppy Germany" vote, the Queer Puppy Community in Germany should be brought together and given the opportunity to vote for a title holder, who should represent and strengthen them both within Germany and internationally.
In 2018 the first title holder (Finn) was elected. He made it his business to build up the young German community, to promote the acceptance of the fetish and to support newcomers and interested people.
Further information on the election, title holders and candidates can be found at PuppyGermany.de.
Puppy Pride is a British community to connect pups, dogs and handlers internationally. Via various Telegram groups, you can connect to pups from everywhere. Within the framework of the German-speaking group, ‘Puppy Meetups’ have emerged in various German cities. Just join them at one of the next meetings. You can find them in our calendar, or just join our lively Telegram Group.