My cavalier is seven months old and has boundless energy. I like to jog (although I am not very fast) for exercise and thought it might help expend some of his energy to bring him along. Right now we begin with a five minute walk, then alternate 60 seconds of jogging with 90 seconds of walking a total of eight times, then have a five minute cool down walk. We are moving for a total of about 30 minutes. I only take him out if it is below 80 degrees. It seems like pretty light exercise to me, but I worry about whether or not it is healthy for him. My concerns are partly related to breed issues, and partly related to his young age.
Does anyone have experience jogging with a cavalier? I know that they tend to have heart and joint issues. I'm also aware that their shorter noses mean they can't breath as well as other breeds. Finally, I know that because he is so young his joints haven't finished developing. So, is it safe to keep jogging with him using the routine above and VERY gradually increasing the running time over the course of six months (say to a 10-15 minute slow jog at most)? Is he too young?
I should note: He seems to LOVE it! When we get home he is very amped up and romps around the house for another 10-20 minutes before he plonks down for nap.