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The North Star Kennel Club is devoted to the human-pups, their handlers, and those that love them. This is a place for pups, handlers and people curious about pup play in Minnesota and the Midwest. We are located in Minneapolis and strive to educate people about what pup play is, as well as have a family of friends where they can be comfortable about this fun type of play.

The Club is open to pups, handlers and those wishing to learn about human-pup play who are 18 years of age and older.

What is human-pup play?

Human-pup play is where a human takes on the persona of a biological puppy and will behave accordingly. So playing fetch, playing with chew toys, being playful with a handler and/or other human-pups, and various other puppy behavior. Traditionally handlers and/or trainers are involved to assist pups with their gear, getting in and out of pup headspace, tend to any minor medical concerns, help train pups to learn verbal (puppy sounds) and non-verbal communication skills to be used while in pup headspace.

North Star Puppy & Handler Contest Applications to Open January 2, 2019

Applications for the 2019 North Star Puppy and Handler Contest will open on the contest website, www.northstarpahweekend.org, on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. This date also marks the start of weekly announcements of the emcee, judges, and other details of the contest leading up to the contest weekend, March 8-10, 2019.

Visit www.northstarpahweekend.org to learn more about the North Star Puppy and Handler Weekend, including:

  • the contest schedule
  • contest details (rules, scoring guidelines, and titleholder expectations)
  • information on the weekend’s host hotel
  • information on the contest’s emcee, judges, and production team

For the latest information and updates, follow us on the web at www.northstarpahweekend.org, on Facebook at @northstarkennelclub, or on Twitter at @nstarkennelclub.

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