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"Rent a Dog" Service Hits US

Would You Rent a Pet?

I've got a bunch of friends who have the room in their hearts for a pet . . . but no room in their studio apartments/ lease restrictions/ busy schedules/ travel plans to care for a pet. Refraining from getting a pet who relies on you to survive when you know you can't give it the care and attention he deserves is a smart move, so what are those animal lovers to do? Although North practically has a waiting list of friends who want to borrow him for the day, I recently read a story about dog rental services in Japan, which reminded me of our very own Flexpetz.
It's already expanding quickly, so clearly someone's buying in. With this pricey service, you can "rent" a dog, which makes me wonder if I'm missing out on a key business plan. I know that pets are good for therapy so I can see the desire, but I'm not sure I wholly agree. What's your take on renting a pet?


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lab4me lab4me 8 years
I'm sorry but that sounds like a really bad idea to me. As mentioned by others, its not healthy for the pet. Volunteering to work with dogs at the shelter is a far better way to get your pet "fix".
j4everlasting j4everlasting 8 years
I think this is really unfair to the pet. As much as people don't think dogs become attached to their people. They do. Volunteering at different shelters and rescues I've seen the effect of 'abandonment' first hand. In my opinion, this is just cruel. Next they'll have a child renting service. As Petsugar said, if you want a pooch to hang out with, borrow a friends. If none of your friends have pooches, go to a local shelter or rescue and hang out with them their. The pooches always appreciate a good walk and a little love.
kristyy kristyy 8 years
I don't think this is fair for the dog. Dogs may be friendly and want to meet everyone, but at the end of the day, they want to be with their family. My dog loves going to visit "grandma" and "grandpa," but by night time, she's ready to go home with mommy. Plus, if you fall in love with the dog, it'd be hard to return him/her!
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 8 years
I wouldn't mind if the pet was waiting to be adopted.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 8 years
I just wonder about the dogs. Where do they live? If they go home every night and are just "rented" during the day, it's pretty much the same as being walked by a dog-walker or sitted by a pet sitter, except they get to do fun things dogs like. But, I agree with others: it would be bad for bonding. What if I rented a dog and LOVED it?? Or the dog LOVED me? It would be so sad. :( And expensive because I'd have to "rent" him all day, every day, for as long as he was rentable. ;) No, not a good idea even though I would LOVE to do it! I want a dog so bad! My cats don't.
melody20 melody20 8 years
correcting, i would love to rent i pet cuz I CAN´T HAVE EVERY PET I WANT :p
silly_pickle silly_pickle 8 years
I'd get waaaaay too attached. It's not really fair to the dog either, being carted around to different houses. Wasn't there a movie where some guy rented a family and a dog too? If someone only wants a dog for a short period of time, why not be a petsitter? That way you'd at least make money.
emalove emalove 8 years
No way...I get too attached and wouldn't be able to say good-bye!
JaeB JaeB 9 years
Nuh uh, bad idea. Too hard to give up. Especially if you really, really do want a dog. I'd cry and make a fool of myself! Thank goodness I have a dog now. But if I "rented" another for awhile, I'd still cry saying goodbye, just because it'd be SO much better behaved than my mischievous dog!
mnp mnp 9 years
I have a dog but I wouldn't mind renting another dog for the weekend. I think that the dog would just take these days as a vacation from it's real owners. However, for the price of the membership, it seems like you're paying for a full time dog sitter.
CollegeGirl CollegeGirl 9 years
I don't think that sort of arrangement would be good, or fair, for the dog.
Aphrosette Aphrosette 9 years
I've met someone that does this in a way. They have a dog that comes to visit every weekend. Its a senior dog from a shelter and they have another dog. But I'm not sure why they don't just adopt the dog since they already have one and the dog is a senior to begin with.
wren1 wren1 9 years
I would think the dog might have bonding issues. It may be fun for the people, but maybe not as much for the dog. How about becoming a pet sitter instead? That way the person can actually make money while "renting" a dog.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I don't know. I feel like it would be confusing for a dog to always be moved around not having a true sense of home and family.
Frenched Frenched 9 years
I can see the appeal and the advantages on this but, isn't a pet supposed to be part of your family? I don't know. It sounds too weird to me.
Jillz1128 Jillz1128 9 years
I couldn't do this because I wouldn't want to give it up. Luckily my apartment does allow dogs!
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
I would love to rent a pet since I choose not to have one full time. actually we do have a pet a cat, but we choose not to have a dog, but I'd be willing to rent a dog for weekends or something. That would be fun and I think everyone would benefit with that arrangement.
brittanyk brittanyk 9 years
I probably couldn't do it. I'd become too attached to the animal.
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