Renting a dog in Odaiba…Yes, renting!
July 14, 2008 · Print This Article
Quite some time ago, a student told me she had rented a dog in Odaiba with her boyfriend. I had to have her repeat that. She really liked dogs, but since she was a pre-med student, she had no time to take care of one. So she said renting one was the next best thing. I filed that story in my deep memory as I thought it might be something I’d like to do in the future.
So this Sunday when Aya and I found ourselves heading to the Odaiba area to check out a sweet pterosaur exhibition, I recalled the dog rental story and suggested we try and do it. I am very careful about doing anything with animals in captivity, but surprisingly no ethical warnings came up in my mind about renting a dog.
First we met up with UK Mike and Su-young for a quick bite to eat. They wanted in on the dog rental as well, so all four of us tracked down “Puppy World,” as I believe the name of the shop went. Choosing a dog is simple—photos of all the dogs are on a corkboard and you simply point at the photo of the dog you want to rent. It was an easy choice for Aya as she loves border collies and there was only one left on the board.
After paying the ¥2,500 ($25) to rent the dog for an hour, and having your photo taken for identification purposes, and filling out a form, your dog is quickly brought out. The border collie we rented was a 4-year old male named Sho. As we were handed his leash, we were also given a small bag containing a bottle of water, a metal water dish, and some sanitary products for cleaning up after any potential log dropping sessions (there ended up being two!).
Sho was less than energetic as it was after 6pm and he had already eaten dinner and been rented by who knows how many people earlier that day. Only I could get him to follow any walking discipline. However, once we got him onto the small man-made beach he was pretty calm and willing to be petted and cooed over. He was very calm the whole time and never barked once. He garnered plenty of attention from passersby. Some Korean kids even asked to have their picture taken with him.
I’d recommend using this dog rental service as a good primer for seeing if you want a dog of your own. It also would make a pretty good date experience for sure.