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MasterMarc: Hi Pup Hoodie. You are a real petplay lover but you you’re living a not really common position in the pup world. You’re a dominant dog. Can you explain us, what a dominant dog is?
Pup Hoodie: I’ve gotten this question a good amount. I consider myself a puppy, but one who is solely dominant. The regular response is ‘so that makes you an Alpha pup’. While that’s true, I don’t solely define it as such. I would be classified as an alpha pup, but in my opinion, that can still suggest that I’m open to taking the collar of a handler or other dominant pet play kinkster, which is not the case. As an expansion on that, we all have our definitions of what an Alpha pup is, and Alpha is the term that I prefer to use within my power exchange dynamics as opposed to Sir/Master/Handler/Owner. Simply, I take on dominant roles only in the things that I participate in. That’s not to say that there are not times where role reversal is involved in scenes that I do, because role reversal can be very fun and hot.
MasterMarc: And what is the pup part of you? In which aspects are you a pup too and not a handler?
Pup Hoodie: That’s a good question. The common assumption is that being a pup equates with submission on some level. I don’t believe that they are necessities in relation to one another. There are tenants of pup play that do not require submission to another, like using it to get into a headspace and allow yourself the freedom to romp around. I do these things like many other pups… bark my greetings at others, drink out of bowls at our local kink bar (The Cellblock), and pup out amongst other pups. I love having my head scratched and playing with toys. I also mount pups as a dom, which definitely has a place in the natural ‘order’ of dominance/submission.
MasterMarc: What is in your eyes the essence of the petplay fetish?
Pup Hoodie: We can trace pet play to earlier leather protocol, in which being made to act like a dog was a form of humiliation utilized by Dominants to further ‘break’ or just flat out show superiority and dominance. In the development of that tactic, it was learned that some submissives actually enjoyed this form of play at the most basic and primal level.
I can only speak to the development and essence of puppy play, because I am a puppy and have little experience with kitten play or pony play, so I’ll stick to what I now. Puppy play in itself has developed from that original humiliation into it’s own entity, and is fully rooted in the idea that you can play and live in a carefree way while within a certain part of you. The development of a headspace and the ability to let go, allowing yourself to be at your most primal form, are the centerpiece of the fetish.
Explaining from the dominant/handler perspective (as discussed in previous answers and not always a necessity for playtime), you become a caretaker of sorts. Handling a puppy requires it’s own set of skills and, in my case, that takes on a very loving and protective sort of headspace in which my puppy is my responsibility. A submissive puppy that sees you as their dominant trusts you with their world while they are within their headspace, and that creates a bond between you within your dynamic and potentially outside of it, depending on your encompassing relationship with your pup.
MasterMarc: For how long are you living your kinks and what have been your first steps in the kinky world?
Pup Hoodie: I’ve been doing kinky stuff since I turned 18, so about 5 years. My very first kink was public play. After that, a development of my own puppy self started pretty quickly and stuck, because it made sense to who I am and I was able to continue to learn and develop that while still participating in the activities that the kink presents. Soon after, I started diving into many different kinks which I love, including rubber, impact play, breath play, consensual non-consent play (which often includes some intoxication play), and a lot more.
MasterMarc: But what if a newbie doesn’t live in a big city with fetish bars and pup meetings?
Pup Hoodie: The best thing for any new pup is to connect with others in the community in online forums and do research on puppy play. There are tons of places to interact with people in the community. Fetlife, Recon, Tumblr, and many more are valuable resources, not only for pups, but for all kinksters just starting out to have a forum to ask questions and see what others that participate in their fetish are doing.