Then I shrug the thought off and carry on. Samson, Europe, 35 yrs Interviewer: How important is the experience of headspace to pup play for you? Chicago: University of Chicago Press. That is, the majority of our interview data, like that of Wignall, came from a European mostly UK context and it may be possible that the pup play experience is qualitatively different in North America. Folks asked me if I had been naughty or if I was alright. The themes are: sexual pleasure; relaxation, therapy, and escape from self; adult play and vibrant physicality; extending and expressing selfhood; and relationships and community.
Zainab. Age: 23.
At its most extreme, this can also be an activity in which the puppy persona assists the human in managing their mental health.
Alexandra. Age: 24.
The Psychology of Puppy Play: A Phenomenological Investigation
Archives of Sexual Behavior, 46, — Cambridge, UK: Polity Press. A key element for most participants that was not explored in the study by Wignall and McCormack was the way that puppy play is inherently relational.