- File Size: 1637 KB
- Print Length: 122 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1610983912
- Publisher: Nazca Plains (October 23, 2015)
- Publication Date: October 23, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0172ZHHLK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #605,315 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is extremely timely and written by the right author for the present moment. Sir Justin’s year as the International Puppy Trainer titleholder took him to a variety of groups and events in 30 states and two Canadian provinces, so he got the lay of the land. He’s a passionate educator, a great teacher (I attended one of his Pup 201 workshops and it was one of the best kink classes I’d been to in years), and writes in a casual, but very intelligent, style.
He sufficiently covers the 101-level nuts-and-bolts of puppy play, but where his book really shines is when he muses on the emerging puppy community, it’s evolution, and how it fits into (or doesn’t fit into) the larger Leather community. His work is personal and opinionated but never authoritarian; he’s always quick to say, ‘These are my observations, others will disagree, and that’s fine.’
Another real strength of his book is the chapters about puppy packs, Alpha/beta/omega roles, and pup-polyamory. I think he gives a very accurate assessment of how the pup community is organizing itself and the important ways that puppy packs are different from traditional Leather clubs or houses.
It’s breezy, enjoyable, insightful, and a great book for both old dogs like me and new pups/Handlers – or anyone in the BDSM/Leather community with a curiosity about this whole, kooky puppy play trend.
St. Clair could not seem to decide between the voice of an objective educator and the opportunity to air his opinions. At times, the book reads like an autobiography or a newspaper editorial. He openly admits at the beginning that the book is full of his own opinions and experiences, but then uses language like "this is neither good nor bad, just different," and "I am not here to judge..." Pages later, he puts his foot down and determines that certain behavior is "complete bulls***."
Half of the book is dedicated to the social behaviors of pups, but there is almost no reference to their sexual behaviors. Like the leathermen that he often references, St Clair suggests that puppy play is social, psychological, and even political. But there can be no denying that there is a sexual aspect as well, especially when the author himself, in the opening paragraphs, uses graphic language about what makes his "dick hard." Upon reading those words on the first page, I assumed the book would plainly and unapologetically address the (possible) sexual desires of pups and scenarios of puppy play. But no.
I do feel I learned a few things, including poly-pack hierarchies and proper mosh etiquette, but I do wish more had been written about the one-on-one relationships pups have with their Handlers.
This book covers an introduction to playing as a human puppy in the most basic way.
One is introduced to the concept, basic gear, various concerns and issues of safety.
It is primarily concerned with how puppy play fits into the kink or Leather/BDSM scene and how Puppy Play has evolved to get where it is today.
I read "Woof" which got more into the nuts and bolts of being a puppy but had many questions about where I would fit in: Was I an Alpha, Beta, Omega? What is the difference between a Handler, Trainer and Owner? What is my place in the Leather Community?
I set up an time to meet with an experienced handler/trainer after reading "Woof" but found "Bark!" answered many of those questions.
Puppy Play as a scene outside the Leather/BDSM communiyty but the two seem highly integrated and exploring both aspects will allow one to more comfortably fit into the scene.
The book is a quick read at 108 pages with a number of them blank or chapter headings.
There was a 14 page block covering Pup or Pup and Handler competitions which seemed excessive for anyone just getting into Puppy Play.
I understand why it was there - the author has really made this book more a treatise on where pups have been and how to keep the movement going but it seemed like a lot.