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Old 11-12-2012, 02:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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For those of you who have kids around your dogs do you let them walk the dogs by themselves? I don't have kids of my own,but do have nieces and nephews who always want to help with the dogs. I don't really worry about the older ones (ages 14,15, and 17),but do supervise the youngest two(6 and 8). I have a neighbor with two huge Great Pyrenees and she lets her two daughters (8 and 9) walk the dogs around the neighborhood by themselves.The dogs are very well behaved,but I would still worry about something happening with kids that age walking such big dogs by themselves. I guess it really depends on the individual dogs though.
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Old 11-12-2012, 03:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Absolutely not. No way they could handle him.

I don't even let other adults walk him.
The other day my dad came over and took him out without even telling me. I ran outside and found them halfway down our street. Hans was walking my dad and sniffing everything he wanted. :/

Needless to say, I put a stop to that pronto.
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Old 11-12-2012, 03:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't think I would even if my dog was perfectly well behaved because if another dog attacked my dog, a child would be useless in separating them and could get severely injured.
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Old 11-12-2012, 03:58 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I wouldnt let my nephews (16 and 17) shoot I probably wont even let my husband walk LuLu lol. Its clear that she is my dog. If you are a stickler about training especially. Not to mention the other reasons such as dog fights etc. You really need to know whats going on with your dog.

If they want to help, let them help feed or play with the flirt pole, something like that. Just my 2 cents
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Old 11-12-2012, 04:06 PM   #5 (permalink)
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In my area its not safe to walk round after it gets dark - sometimes during the day let alone walk a dog! A couple weeks ago a blue staff was stolen of a women while she was taking it for a walk Me being 17 and my dad are the only one who can control kai. My brother (14) doesnt walk him as kai is to strong
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My daughter (now 18 and in college) used to want to go out walking in the neighborhood every day. I wouldn't allow her to go without taking my previous male with her. I didn't allow her to take my bitch, because she was unpredictable and had attacked people. However, we discussed at length what to do if someone threatened her (drop the leash or take it off if she had time). My male wouldn't have run off or left her. He'd have protected her. He didn't have issues with other dogs, but she knew to cross the street if there was an oncoming dog etc. A younger kid? I don't think so.

I had my teen son (15) walk Grim once. I was too sick, and he needed to go for a walk. He's been raised with shepherds since he could walk, though. He's well aware of what to do in an emergency, but still I only had him walk him once.
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Absolutely not. No way they could handle him.

I don't even let other adults walk him.
The other day my dad came over and took him out without even telling me. I ran outside and found them halfway down our street. Hans was walking my dad and sniffing everything he wanted. :/

Needless to say, I put a stop to that pronto.
This is why it's different now. Grim isn't the same as my other shepherds, and I'm training him right now. My wife lets him get away with murder, and he knows it!
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i have had two great pyrenees, and it doesn't matter if your 8, 18 or 48 years of age, if the pyrs want to go some somewhere or do something, no one can stop them. but they do tend to protective of little ones so it really should be ok.
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I don't have kids, but don't allow my nephews walk any of my dogs unless I am with them.

Example: Last year, I was walking Masi and my sister her two paps, in my mom's neighborhood, a neighbor kid was walking "their" neighbors aggressive dog, well the dog decided to make a beeline towards us, the kid, I gotta give her credit would notlet go, she fell, the dog just about dragged her, my sister threw me her leashes and intervened..

With my luck, one of my nephews would be walking one of 'my' dogs and have this happen to them..They wouldn't have a clue on what to do, and would probably result in a dog fight. So no, kids don't walk my dogs unless I'm with them
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I agree with Diane. It's never a matter as to whether your dog is well behaved and non aggressive, it just takes one dog that is out by itself or an argressive dog that is not well handled by someone else.
I think any kid that is younger than a 14-15 year old should not be walking a dog unaccompanied.
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