I wrote this post in 2014, it is still relevant today, as it was back then.
A few good reasons why young children shouldn’t take their dog out for a walk, without adult supervision
Parents, often ask me if its ok for their children to take their dog out for a walk. I say yes sure, so long as you or another adult accompanies them.
The main reason these days for not letting young children take their dog out for a walk alone is the one of safety, safety of the dog and child.
Young children don’t have the strength or presence of mind to act quickly enough, if something bad were to happen.eg: such as a stray or off lead dog were to approach them. Adults, in the same situation can often find it hard to manage, let alone a young child.
Anyone who takes their dog out has to have their “Eyes Wide Open” all the time and be aware of their surroundings and what is going on around them. Young children are not really capable of doing that, due to their age and immaturity.
Lastly, the Dog Control Act states: Section 52 Obligations of Owners, The owner of any dog shall keep that dog under control at all times. a dog shall, for the purposes of this Act, be deemed to be not under control if the only person present or in charge of the dog is under the age of 16 years.
For more information please read this very good article: Can Kids Walk Dogs? 5 Things to Consider