Publication details for Dr Mark McCormackWignall, L. & McCormack, M. (2017). An exploratory study of a new kink activity: “Pup Play”. Archives of Sexual Behavior 46(3): 801-811.
- Publication type: Journal Article
- ISSN/ISBN: 0004-0002, 1573-2800
- DOI: 10.1007/s10508-015-0636-8
- Keywords: BDSM, Kink, Leisure, Pup play, Role-play.
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This study presents the narratives and experiences of 30 gay and bisexual men who participate in a behavior known as “pup play.” Never empirically studied before, we use in-depth interviews and a modified form of grounded theory to describe the dynamics of pup play and develop a conceptual framework with which to understand it. We discuss the dynamics of pup play, demonstrating that it primarily consists of mimicking the behaviors and adopting the role of a dog. We show that the majority of participants use pup play for sexual satisfaction. It is also a form of relaxation, demonstrated primarily through the existence of a “headspace.” We classify pup play as a kink, and find no evidence for the framing of it as a form of zoophilia. We call for further research on pup play as a sexual kink and leisure activity from both qualitative and quantitative perspectives.