I also asked my puppy, Cockpit, to contribute, and he sent in this: "Two years ago (2009) saw my first 'puppy' at Folsom Fair. A very nicely built man was in paws (fist mitts), hood, collar and leash, on all fours, being led around by his Handler/Sir who was in leather and Meerkat cap. Of all the things to feast one's eyes upon at Folsom, this one fleeting moment stood out in my mind. I was instantly aroused by the sight of this puppy. I already knew I liked to be tied up, but this took the concept in a direction that really stimulated me. There was no domination, no humiliation, no pain. It wasn't even sexual. It was simply a man willing to set aside his human side and entrust his well being in another man's care. And the Handler was taking time to ensure that the path the puppy was walking was clear and safe, no glass, not too many boots to stand on paws, etc.
Pup Jax: "The biggest thing that I believe that is erotic to me. Is the Ecstasy of being in head space, forgetting the world into being a puppy. Sometimes being in puppy just feels right and also giving the trust and submission to your handler/Dom/Daddy whatever. The other biggest thing that is so erotic about being on all fours you and become that animal and the gear. To me sometimes the gear helps you get into the head space and even just puts you in the space that "yeah" I am in the right mood for this. Some of the other moods have been "oh I got a rag bone let me try to steal this from my handler." The other biggest thing that I like and that is erotic is partly the sexual aspect of it. Being mounted by an Alpha or even your Handler shows that the true love that you have for them. That's the best bone I like to have. "
Anonymous: "puppy play incorporates my submissive side into a real notion, a state of being, a combination of a feeling of inferiority and a sense of the subhuman, subservient to a Superior Being, as i thrive on being dominated and controlled. The humiliation of being turned into a subhuman, an animal, strikes an erotic chord deep inside me. Wearing a leather harness, a collar, a muzzle, a cock cage and a puppy tail creates the perfect scene, the outward appearance of a submissive dog matching my inner psyche now molded to that of a dog, which has thus become my natural state. Submission to a Master/Handler and the privilege to serve Him has become an exhilarating mission, with an inordinate pleasure in serving,
responding obediently, using my nose and wet tongue, sniffing, licking, sucking, and serving Master cock in the mouth or ass."
Hawk Pup: "Pup play interests and arouses me on a few levels. The gear that is associated with it, be it worn by me or by a fellow pup in itself has an appeal for me. I've only begun to build my collection, but I'm always excited to acquire a new type of collar or toy. I currently have a pair of mitts and a hood I love, but I have my eye on other configurations and pup ensembles for the near future.
Beyond that, the concept of becoming a kind of pup/guy, dog/boy hybrid is exciting. Taking on a kind of head-space which involves a sort of "dumbness' washing over is a great thing. There's a kind of meditative "letting go" that takes place for me. It's a head-space that brings in an opportunity to be spontaneous, more playful, and less inhibited. The role-playing aspect of submitting to a handler, or wrestling for dominance to determine an Alpha pup are also very enjoyable."
Another puppy: "There are a lot of different angles to this. Some seem to get off on the dehumanization or humiliation aspect. For me, it's more about loyalty, companionship, playfulness, devotion, and a sort of feral/animalistic excitement or passion. While every pup is different, for me being a pup is distinctive from being a slave or a 'boy'... there is loyalty and devotion, but there is also a puppylike independence — sometimes the Sir/Master holding the leash needs to step in and provide some guidance/remind the pup who's boss ;)! There's also, for me, a fierce need to protect, and also, of course, a playfulness that brings lightness to it all.
Puppy Cockpit: "For me, pup play is not a sexual thing. At least not exclusively. It is a complete dropping of human inhibitions and allowing myself to don a behavior, thought process and social protocol that I could not as a human. I wear ear plugs when in my hood, which further inhibits my ability to hear and understand words. When someone scratches behind my ears (which I REALLY like), I can hear nothing being said around me. That's what a puppy's world is like. Bio pups understand a few command words, but not entire sentences and concepts. I love it when my Handler makes plans, or talks about me, while scratching my head, so I have no idea what is going on. And being on all fours allows me to see the world in a totally different way. I am now an expert on shoes and boots! And I must focus my attention on my safety and keeping up to Handler. I have no time to react to comments or music or other Human passtimes.
As a Type A personality, puppy play is an escape from my usual pattern of always being in control, reserved, responsible. It allows me to enjoy freedoms, socially, sexually and personally, that I would never let my Human side taste."
Another puppy:"This is tricky for me because, unlike, say, electro play, puppy play is more of a lifestyle or orientation than a 'kink activity' — it's more like being a boy, or etc... yes, there is an erotic component, but it's more about how you think and go about your relationships.
That said, I do love a good collar/lead scenario in the bedroom... something about having someone tug on my leash to guide me/tell me what to do is a real turn-on that, at its core, really derives from a fixation on and desire for control. "