Editor’s note: This column may contain content that is offensive to some people.
One of the many aspects of the Leather and BDSM culture is the scene play of puppy play. This is where one person portrays themselves as the handler or trainer and the other person portrays themselves as a puppy. The two interact just like a real dog handler/trainer and dog. The puppy person takes on the persona of a puppy, acting out just like a puppy would.
Over the last 10 years, puppy play has become increasingly more popular. In fact, you may have seen puppies out at the bar in recent months. Puppy play can be a fun time for both individuals. One aspect (other than a puppy mask or a puppy tail) is the accessibility of items that can be used in the scene. However, there are more “fun” items that can be found at any Leather/BDSM supply store.
When puppies get together to play, the play pen area is referred to as a mosh pit. It is a place where the puppies can interact with each other on a puppy level. I watched a mosh pit in San Francisco once where they provided the puppies with a cake (yes, a real cake with icing!). Let me tell you, that cake was everywhere. The puppies had to be hosed off before they could go anywhere! Man was it a mess! But they had a blast and the people watching had fun.
The trainers and handlers are just the same as a real dog trainer or handler. They teach the puppy things to do and various commands. This is a play scene where you can make is simple or you can make it as complicated as you negotiate. It all depends on what you want to accomplish.
Even with puppy play, there are certain protocols that are observed. These are referred to as “the leash code.” The following is a short list of those:
Remember, the leash has symbolic value to the handler and the puppy.
1) If a submissive is holding the leash in hand, he or she is “on task” and is unavailable.
2) If the leash is dangling, the submissive is fair game.
3) If the submissive holds the leash in his or her mouth, he or she is effectively gagged or speech-restricted.
4) The end of the leash should never touch the ground; this is disrespectful.
5) if the leash is attached to a fixture, the submissive is “chained” and should be left alone.
So when you see a puppy out at the bar you will know what you can and cannot do. If you are curious and have questions, please ask the handler. They will either explain or have the puppy explain.
This month at the monthly WOOLF gathering (Oct. 22), we will be doing a class on puppy play. So if you are interested or you just have questions, please come join us. Our munch starts at 5pm and we will have the class following the munch and general meeting. October’s meeting and class will all be at Club Boomerang. Come join us!! l