UK man chooses to live like a dog, barks at friends on the street

An English man says identifies as a "human pup" after struggling to fit in with mainstream society his whole life. 

Store manager Kaz James is 37 years old. He says he's known he was different since he was a child, but didn't let his true self shine until his late teens.

"I realised my behaviours were quite dog like in childhood, probably from the age of six," he told the Mirror.

"I never really did feel human, I always felt like a dog that was really out of place," he said.

"I was known by my friends for saying hello to them by grabbing hold of the collar of their shirt in my teeth and biting or licking them, very canine-like behaviours. It was how I always was."

But it wasn't until his home got internet he realised he may not be the only one and he discovered his true calling.

"The first time I heard the term of being a pup was through a pup I met online, he was the first person I met who was like me," said James.

"It was a liberating moment knowing there were other people like me, having felt properly weird for the longest time."

The Manchester man says he barks at his friends in the street, carries things in his teeth, and eats dog biscuits. 

"My whole lifestyle is about being a pup.

"For me it's everything, I go about and live my day-to-day life relatively normally, that includes things like putting collars on at barking at people I know in the street.

"If I see pups out in the Village I will bark at them, I get funny reactions from passersby [sic] all the time."

James has written a book entitled "How to Train a Human Pup" and is the owner of two human pups himself.