Canis Major: An Exploration of Human Pup Play

Draft Book Cover Concept

Co-Authored By Taylor Cook & Justin St Clair

For The Community, By The Community

We have created this book not to be a “this is what pup play is and is not” but more of a “this is the diversity in the pup play community, we hope this inspires you” A book of ideas and opinions from across the world from the community to show what its like for parts of the world that you aren’t in; and maybe it’ll give you ideas to branch out and explore new things in pup play?

There is as many styles to pup play as there is attitudes of the different breeds of bio-pups

The ethos behind the book


Taylor Cook is a pup and handler from New Zealand but living in Australia. Founder of their national pup and handler competition and assisted setting up several other social groups and events in the community. Taylor is getting the oceanic side of the community involved as well and making sure all types of pups are involved in the development.

Justin St Clair, International Handler titleholder, major organiser for IPAHW and also author of the book “Bark!” is our co-author handler to help expand the realm of information to help guide and inspire handlers across the world.

We also have mini-articles and book sections from authors on the website who have submitted content that’s also in the book, helping us share as many different viewpoints as we can.

The community have donated photos to source the books artwork, making sure we show representation of all walks of life in a graphical way than just talking about it.

Newcomers to Old-Timers

There’s information in here for everyone, we share definitions shared by the community with the basics of pup play expanded on, right up to different styles and techniques of training that can be found in the community. This is so we can help anyone with any level of experience in the community to learn even more about what makes us and everyone in the community unique.

Research Backed

We aren’t making any facts that aren’t able to be backed up. The biennial Nerdy Doggo research project is involved as well, helping us put in facts collated from over 5,000+ pups and handlers from across the world of all shapes, sizes, genders and sexualities.

We’ve also dug deep into our community history, most people only see what the community has looked like after it gained modern popularity in the 1990’s. For example most people assume the current Mr Puppy UK is the first pup contest in England, without realising the worlds first puppy contest was still in the UK but in mid 90’s called Dungeon In The Sky.

This kind of research is actually what is making this book take so long. From us finding product catalogues from BDSM companies in the 1870’s (yes, 19th Century) to listening to oral history from survivors of the aids epidemic to find out what pup play was happening in the 1950’s all the way up to the latest academic research on the fetish and beyond. But this information should be freely available to all to know our past and that’s why this has been an important factor of when the book comes out.

Some of Our Supportive Research Sources

For The Community

In the spirit of PupPlay.Info and Nerdy Doggo, any money made on this book wont be going to any one person. Just like money raised by the Nerdy Doggo clothing gear; Money raised here will be again, returned back to the pup community to help create more resources for the community. This is no cash-cow, its designed for the whole community and will help strengthen the community.


We are planning to release in 2020 (fingers crossed). We will be releasing a paperback and ebook version which will be for sale online from several sources and we are planning it to be published in Spanish, French and German as well! If you wish to be kept up to date with it, please follow our facebook page.

Frequently Asked Questions!

Does it Cover Sexual and Non-Sexual Aspects of Pup Play? Yes, In depth! research has shown a pretty balanced spectrum between the two aspects so lots of both will be talked about and explored.

Will it Be Available as an eBook? Yes, but not immediately. We would rather the eBook to be the best it can be, so content will have links to navigate the book easier and direct links to original sources for the research found in the book. This extra work will take dedicated time after its completed.

Book Preview

Here is some quick snapshots of the draft manuscript, its already over 250 pages long so its a lengthy project.

We have incorporated some of our most popular articles into Canis Major. You can check them out here if you want a sneak peek!