Let’s be clear about this. Puppy play means role-playing as a dog, down on all fours and barking, and yes, it’s weird. Of course it is.
If you’re having trouble understanding the appeal of puppy play, just imagine how amazing it would be if there were a form of group relaxation where you could empty your mind of all your cares, forget all of your responsibilities, lower all of your defenses, and bypass small talk forever. Now imagine that vigorous cuddling and praise are key components of this relaxation technique. And did I mention snacks? You get snacks. Awesome. Why aren’t we pupping right now?
The rules are simple: There aren’t any.
“The entry level is so low and nonthreatening. All a puppy has to do, he explained, is relax and switch their brain from that of a logical calculator to a reactive animal. When you in pup mode, you have “no real inner monologue. Just you at my rawest form. Affectionate and loving and sharing yourself.”