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New documentary explores men who want to live their lives as dogs

There's been infinite think pieces about furry culture, but few journalists have actually explored the phenomenon known as "puppy play."

Puppy play is a not-strictly-sexual form of "play," enjoyed by people who identify primarily as dogs. While their costumes may be made of latex, many puppy players hope to imitate dogs as closely as possible. Puppy players will often bark, wag and wiggle like a pup. Many perform tricks to earn "treats," and the rewards aren't always sexual. 

A new documentary, "Secret Life of Human Pups," hopes to give voice to people who love puppy play. The fetish appears to have grown out of the gay BDSM community, but puppy players come from across the sexual spectrum.

Many who practice puppy play see it as more than a behavior — it's their identity.

"It feels like you can be gay, straight, bisexual, trans and be accepted,” one of the Puppies says. “All I want is for the pup community to be accepted in the same way."

The documentary airs on Channel 4 in the UK tonight.  

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