Renting a dog in Odaiba…Yes, renting!

July 14, 2008 · Print This Article

Aya with Sho

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.  


Jason with Sho, the border collie Sho being stubborn for Su-young Jason with a rascally hot dog-dog
Aya with a calm Schnauzer Jason holding the calm Schnauzer UK Mike with the calm Schnauzer
Jason licking a hot dog-dog    



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7 Responses to “Renting a dog in Odaiba…Yes, renting!”

  1. Brady
    on July 15th, 2008 7:42 AM

    Pretty sweet story Jason. I have heard of that Odaiba dog rental place and had always wanted to go….so it is nice to hear about it from your post / video. But at 2500 yen and hour those guys are running a good business. I It is have to pay the equivalent of that to get someone to walk my dog here in Van….

    What music is that you have on the video by the way? I think that is the tune that Dan Savage used on the Savage Love Cast (podcast) until just recently….i have always wondered where it is from.



    Jason Collin Reply:

    Thanks Brady. So you do have to pay about ¥2,500 in Van for someone to walk your dog? All things considered, I thought ¥2,500 an hour was pretty reasonable for renting the dog, especially for Tokyo gimmick prices.

    The music is just from the iMovie HD (’06) Jingles section. It’s a jingle called “Vintage News Long.” So it’s likely to be in many people’s podcasts who use Macs.


  2. on July 15th, 2008 11:26 PM

    Don’t know how I never heard of this before, but hope you don’t mind if I totally copy you and rent my own dog for a future post on my site!! Friggin awesome.


    Jason Collin Reply:

    Thanks Can…..and sure, rent a dog and post about it no problem. A quick search shows I wasn’t the first one to post about this by a long shot anyway.


  3. pam
    on August 31st, 2008 9:53 PM

    can you rent cats too?


    Jason Collin Reply:

    I don’t want to say 100% no you cannot rent cats, but I am pretty sure you can’t. I don’t recall seeing any cats inside, just dogs.


  4. jimmy
    on February 23rd, 2011 7:06 AM

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