Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
I let my cousins walk Pan when we're at the cottage, but they were 13 and 16 (I think?) and really responsible. They wanted to get ice cream and it was getting dark so I said take Pan along. Pan is the friendliest GSD, loves all dogs, people, kids, TOO friendly for a GSD, but being a dark sable people don't know that.
For me it would depend on the kids and the dog.
When I was a kid I grew up in a terrible neighborhood. There was a girl my age next door and we were best friends. We always got jeered at and hassled when we were outside playing. Her family moved away but her dad rented the house and would come over to do yardwork. He got a huge mastiff dog (think Sandlot!) and we used to walk that dog around and all the people who would yell insults at us would run and hide, hehe. The dog was so huge he would just lumber around, never threatened to pull us over.