Puppy & Pet Play FAQ's

Can I be a pet/pup if I’m not sexual/kinky?

YES! While pet/pup play is an extension both within and outside of it’s parent BDSM community and is often sexualized, you do not have to define yourself as sex/kink-driven when being a pet/pup. Never feel like you are required to act sexual as a pup/pet or handler/trainer. Before engaging with anyone in a sexual manner, understand that consent should never be assumed.

Is puppy/pet play bestiality? 

NO! While outfitting yourself like an animal may seem like an odd behavior, puppy/pet play stems from a long line consent-practicing within the BDSM community. The nature of puppy/pet plays is both sexual and non-sexual role play which induces a "headspace" of primitive animal nature. This nature can be  innocent, submissive, timid, defiant, authoritative, dominant, etc. No matter what aspects of puppy/pet play the users choose to explore, it is not meant intended as an act of bestiality.

What’s the difference between a trainer and a handler?

Trainers are individuals that take time to bond with a pet/pup in the effort of teaching a behavior which based on a situation or command. They focus on the exploring the performance skills of a pet/pup. (It’s the same thing as training a bio-horse how to trot an obstacle course or teaching a bio-dog to give you a paw.) Trainers typically focus their time on one pet/pet at a time. Each pet/pup and trainer relationship is unique to the dynamic’s purpose.

Handlers are individuals that take time to bond with a pet/pup in the effort of providing any combination of active or passive emotional, psychological, or physical support as well as monitoring a pet/pup’s possessions, behavior, or health/hygiene practices. They address the needs that a pet/pup may not be able to think about when they are in headspace. (Think of this role like an parent supporting their child's baseball career by attending their child's games.) Handlers can have more than one pet/pup that they handle at any given time and will often be open to keeping an eye on over all surroundings. Each pet/pup and handler relationship is unique to the dynamic’s purpose.

Can a trainer be a handler and vice versa?

ABSOLUTELY! They can be the same thing at the same time or take on one role at a time depending on the objective they and the pet/pup have agreed upon for a public event or private session.

As a pet/pup, do I need to find a handler and/or trainer?

NO! Depending on a pet/pup’s need for care, they can act independently without a handler or trainer.  A pet/pup’s degree of experience does not influence the need for a handler and/or trainer. (The only influence is what the pet/pup feels they need.)

As a pet/pup, do I need to be collared?

NO! Think of being collared like a relationship, like a boyfriend, girlfriend, or significant other. Think of the collar like a form of commitment, like an engagement ring. Take a serious amount of time to consider the person that you may be accepting a collar from and avoid rushed decisions. Keep in mind that some people don’t like wearing collars so they might symbolize their relationship or their own personality as a pup or pet. Being collar-less does not make you less of a pup or pet in this community.

As a pet/pup, can I collar myself?

YES! Though a common practice, collars and locks do not necessarily need to signify a relationship. A large portion of the pup and pet communities have adopted self-collaring as a way to express their nature. Different people will have different opinions on this topic, but just remember that you are empowered to establish your own spin on personality.


What is CPP?

The Chicago Puppy Patrol (CPP) is a community based social club for pups, trainers, handlers, and those interested in exploring pet play.

What are your age requirements for CPP?

You must be 18+ to be involved with CPP. Some of our events are at venues that cater to 21+ so we must abide by their expectations.

How do I get involved with CPP?

Come to our public events, explore our social media, and interact with our community to discover more about us and yourself.

How and why should I become a Member of CPP?

CPP currently recognizes two groups: Members and non-members. Anyone that wishes to become a Member can do so by visiting the Become a Member page.

Membership has its perks: CPP swag, an annual catered Member Appreciation Brunch, private Member-only events, and voting rights whenever official organization input is needed (like electing the Board each January).

When is Puppy Pound at Cell Block?

Puppy Pound is always the third Friday of every month from 10:00pm-2:00am.

How do I know when the next CPP event is?

Check our Events page. Add our Google calendar to yours. Like our Facebook page and view the Upcoming Events tab. Subscribe to our Events Channel on Telegram.

What is the best way to contact the CPP Board? 

Check out our Connect page. From here, you can direct your question, suggestion, or concern to the right person!