Interested in exploring pet-play? Pet-play involves one participant (the submissive / bottom) dressing, acting like, and being treated as a pet. This is actually one of the most commonly enjoyed kinks, and is very popular (from my anecdotal experience in the community) with female submissives in particular. Some of the more common animals that people like to channel include puppies, kittens and foxes. There is a whole separate sub-genre for those interested in pony play.
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I personally never thought this would be an area that would interest me. However the longer I’ve been playing in the scene, the more I have learned about it, and the more I have come to find my own inner animal. A pet play scene can help reinforce a dynamic, having the submissive focus even more on the direction and command of the Dominant. Being that most animals do not speak, a submissive must learn better ways to communicate with body language or better yet, simply comply with the commands like a good pet.
While pet play can cover a large area of kink interest, for the purpose of this article I’m going to outline how you could do one of my favorite pet-play scenes: puppy play. There are also some wonderful pictures below showing a great kitty play scene from our friends at hardtied.com. As you explore pet play, you may discover your inner ferret or fox, I’ve even seen representations of turtles and various birds. Let this article be your guide into new territory and make sure to let us know how it goes in the comments!
Things to get: BDSM puppy pet-play scene
– Dog treats (Extra tip: fool your sub into thinking you are going to make them eat actual animal treats by simply replacing the food inside of the animal treat packaging with people food such as bits of cereal. Dexx totally fooled me on this one)
– Doggy bowl
– Some type of gag (e.g. bone gags)
– Dog toys or balls to play fetch
– Some bondage mitts to turn those hands into paws
– Puppy pee pads and drop cloth
– Dog bed or you can fashion blankets or pillows into a sleeping area
– Dog crate or cage (optional)
– Electric shock collar (optional and only if you’re feeling extra sadistic. Make sure to test this on yourself before using it on your submissive)
Most of this stuff you can find rather inexpensively at pet stores.
As always, you’ll start the scene by negotiating and checking for any health issues that could impact play. Since pet play requires a bit of crawling, you’ll want to make sure your pet is in capable condition. You can assist in bringing your submissive into a pet headspace by having them kneel down in front of you. Assign them a pet name if you wish or you can even have your submissive provide a chosen pet name for themselves that will only be used for the duration of the scene OR perhaps longer if they find that they relate to their pet persona outside of a play scene.
Attach the collar and leash to your puppy and take them for a walk. It’s important to start treating them like a puppy and maintaining that dynamic. Make sure to still ask questions and offer praise, but if your submissive tries to respond verbally either repeat the question or go ahead and take this opportunity to gag them. You can also have a cane or paddle on hand to offer swats of encouragement during the walk. Obviously we would never hit a real life puppy, but this is your consenting submissive puppy so some rules can be broken in their training. Offering questions like, “Have you been a good girl/boy?” or “Did you potty outside today like a good doggy?” are a good place to start. While on the walk, you can offer training to your puppy. Command them to heel, sit, or high five. Dexx uses an actual puppy training guide that has been pretty handy for him.
If your pet has somehow avoided the gag, reward them with a treat making sure they can see the box or packaging you pull it from. You may encounter some resistance from them towards eating the treat but remind them that punishment will come if they refuse to eat the treat. They’ll catch on pretty quickly. Lead them to a water bowl (barring the gag of course) for a drink. Heck, have the puppy drink the entire bowl in preparation for the….
Bonus scene tip! During their walk, you can decide it’s time to go potty. You can have the puppy pads pre-set (we recommend multiple pads spread around and a plastic painters drop cloth underneath just in case-don’t worry, your puppy can clean up the mess later). Encourage your puppy to go potty. Depending on the puppy, it may take a ton of encouragement. If your property allows it, you may skip the pee pad and take them outside to the backyard to go potty. Make sure to reward them with another treat.
After your puppy has completed a walk, it’s now time for open play time. Break out the toys and balls and play some fetch. Reward them with a pat on the head or a rub on the behind or belly.
You can conclude the scene by putting your puppy to nap on the doggy bed or putting them away in their crate/cage while you relax and watch TV or any other task. Personally, I find being placed away in a cage for some quiet time to be relaxing but others prefer to be close to their dominant or master.
I hope these ideas help you create your own pet play scene. As with all types of play and kink, pet play isn’t for everyone so make sure you and your partner proceed with an open mind. We can’t wait to hear how it goes!