Human pup play is a type of headspace people can get into. It is when a person takes up the role of acting like a puppy or dog. Of course, there is more to it than just acting like a puppy, some people might take on a more dominant role of a Sir/Ma'am, or handler. Pup play does not always have to be sexual, a lot of pups use it as a way to leave their stressful life behind, and go on and just have fun. Some people view pup play as a Dom/Sub play which is not always the case. Some people do it to have fun, relax, have an enjoyable time and feel empowered. Pups are all about spreading love, and when a pup meets another pup or handler a special bond can be made between them. Now these same rules applies to those who are into other types of pet play, not only pups.
A Handler, Master, or sir/ma'am is someone who, by treating their puppy with respect, earn and hold the puppy's respect as well. These are the humans that hold the leash of the pup, the owners that provide safety and security while a pup is in their headspace.
Being a handler is a simple role, but important. Not every puppy needs a handler, but many pups find it to be just as important as an alpha role.
"The Pack Leader is the one who takes on the role of guide or mentor to the other puppies in his pack. They are a leader who can serve as a point of reference. The Pack Leader is often the one who sets an example and serves as a role model for the other puppies. While a trainer/handler/master explains theoretically to the puppies, the Pack Leader guides puppies by their simple behavior and experiences. They are the protector of their pack, the big boss. They act as a leader and makes decisions to ensure the continuity of the pack." (Alphainu, 85)
Have a role model, but find your own destiny. You don't need to live anyone else's to be happy. -Pack Leader Odin
"An Alpha pup is known to be a more Dominant type of pup. An Alpha is characterized by their leadership - dominance, charisma, strength, confidence and competitiveness. They take charge. At their convenience, they may or may not belong to a Master or Handler, but this choice is also true and valid for any other role within the hierarchy.
Just as it is not enough to wear a stethoscope to be a doctor, you cannot call yourself an Alpha without having earned the title. You do not choose to be Alpha, you simply are, or it will happen when those around you consider it to be so." (Alphainu, 86)
A Beta's role within the pet play community is extremely important. The reason for that is because Betas are versatile. They can be amazing teachers, they are just as capable as an alpha when it comes to mentorship. In a pack setting, you are one of the most crucial parts. You enjoy having a handler/alpha and if they ever go too far you can stop it. If another beta or omega is feeling upset, you can help them. As a beta, you jump back and forth between a leader and a follower and that's what so important about being a Beta.
"Their role should be both to look after the Alpha and their welfare, as well as provide protection and comfort to the rest of the pack." (Alphainu, 87)
"The Omega is the most submissive puppy in the pack, and generally at the lowest rank in the hierarchy. They will happily submit to anyone's paw and take pleasure in giving up this control. They are happier to follow and serve all the other members of the pack, considering them superior. The Omega of a pack is one of the most important, but often neglected roles within pack dynamics. They have the discreet task of being the most caring and loving member who keeps everyone together with their love, affection, and open heart. Sometimes considered the 'weakest' member of the group, the rest of the pack is usually highly motivated to protect the Omega as one of its most valuable members." (Alphainu, 88)
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