Roles And Types of Human Dogs

Extract from Woof! By Michael Daniels

Roles and types of human dogs vary, and different human dogs and Handlers have different definitions and nomenclatures that they use to describe certain characteristics. But since, as the author, I have the prerogative of setting the definitions within the context of my own book, here are this book’s working definitions for a variety of types of human dogs.

A dog is treated as a pet, and is often in ‘dog mode’ a significant amount of his time, and often identifies more with the physical aspects of his dog persona and is often more comfortable on all fours than on two legs.

A pup, on the other hand, identifies more with the mental aspects or headspace of human dog play, and is usually in ‘pup mode’ even when at work, visiting family, or driving a car. The physical aspects Of human dog play aren’t generally as important to pups as is maintaining the headspace.

An alpha is a human dog or pup who is dominant over other human dogs and pups. Generally alphas are ‘switches’ and able to move from Top to bottom roles with ease.

Now come the fun derivations. Feel free to create your own!

A dogboy or pupboy is a human dog or pup who is sometimes his Handler’s dog/pup and sometimes his Daddy’s boy A dogslave or pupslave is a human dog who is sometimes his Handler’s dog or pup and sometimes his Master’s slave. (see below)

A leatherdog or leatherpup is a human dog or pup who has a particular fondness for leather gear and clothing. Likewise, some human dogs identify as a rubberdog or rubberpup and have an affinity for rubber, vinyl, and PVC gear and clothing

Two other groups of human dogs often like to distinguish themselves – the devil dog and the pigdog. The devil dog – Der Teufelshund – is any human dog or pup who is, or was, a member of the United States Marine Corps. The term was first applied to US Marines in WWII by Hitler because of their tenacity andfighting spirit. The pigdog – Der Schweinhund – is any human dog or pup into filth, piss, scat, mud, etc.

As I said, feel free to create your own types and roles and add to this list.

A good perspective comes from a site reader, GOPUPGO, who writes:

I am very much an Alpha, and work with pups from time to time, as well as the occasional boy. Yet, I find one difference between those who identify as “dog” and “pup.” Me, I identify as pup. From my own experience, those who have learned to identify, which is a process of its own, separate into pup or dog. My thoughts seem to have me believe those who are dogs enjoy and serve more in the physical realm Of the canine, while pups tend to be more on the emotional serving side. A pup will not enjoy pissing on paper, and might even be pulled from the canine head space if required to. Yet, a dog might not only enjoy and relish the time, but truly need that as well. A dog might enjoy the sleeping on the floor at night, while the pup would perhaps want to curl at Master’s side. As an Alpha, I still identify as pup, and have also moved away from much of the roots of my growth. Anymore, I am the pups Master, and enjoy the service that he will provide, and the growth I am able to nurture.


Roles and Types of Handlers

The role of a Handler is someone who is usually the dominant part of the dynamic, they are seen as the human counterpart to a pup dynamic

Handlers – Handlers are a generalised term that covers all types of handlers if the person doesn’t know what kind of role or type the person is. Handlers can and regularly do have their own pups, or handle a pack of pups, sometimes owning them by collaring them or

Trainers – Trainers tend to be dominant people that train pups to be a specific role or persona as a pup. People who identify as a trainer tend to train pups that they don’t consider them their own pups.

Owners – Owners are more towards the BDSM spectrum of dominant. Usually are handlers that have “collared” the pup or pups.


Impracticalness of 24/7/365

People may have seen online phrases like “I want to find a sir to own me as a pup, to train me and have me serve him as a pup 24/7” while it may sound like an awesome fantasy for some, here is issues and concerns you need to keep in mind for people that make these kind of claims but also for yourself if you plan any long term pup sessions (think more than 6 hours)

  • Spine and Posture – The spine is designed to be be vertical in humans. While dogs may look comfortable to sleep in any position, humans do not have a spine designed for this.
  • Knee Protection – Knees as well aren’t designed for impact and to be resting on the ground, if you do this too much, you can inflame the tendons attached to your kneecap which can definitely put any pup play out of action for many weeks as it heals.