Ok, I'm being a little sarcastic. But not really. I've been having some budding issues with Kisaq (2yr old) riding in the car. He's been panting and quaking a little (btw - he stays in one place, and doesn't thrash around the car in a dangerous way, he just doesn't look comfortable). ... and he doesn't jump into the van anymore, I have to give him a boost and he will reluctantly get in. At first I thought it was all excitement. Then it started looking more like anxiety or car sickness. It's just not like a boxer to not enjoy car rides! So I did the usual things - assuming it was excitement, I tried to have him lay down while riding. Stopped the forward movement until he settled. I shoveled treats into him for a while in case it was anxiety (to make car rides seem wonderful). We got a little reprieve here and there but nothing seemed to fix it completely. The best results seemed to be when I covered his ears, so we thought - maybe it's the noise? It has been noisy riding because of the hard ice on the roads lately and we have studded tires. And this behavior did all seem to start around December/January when the roads got really bad. So the other day I sat in the back and cuddled with him on the bench seat and he immediately relaxed. Instant and complete success. I was holding him rather tightly, trying to be a kind of make-shift thunder-shirt in a way. Then as we were riding, I realized how loud it was and BOUNCY back there. The suspension on the van in the cold was not working well at all! I was having a hard time keeping my neck from hurting because I couldn't relax. And I tried to imagine what it would be like for Kisaq with his HUGE HEAVY head on his slender athletic body. And I realized that when I was holding his ears, I was also taking a LOT of the weight of his head as well. I tested this theory by just holding his head during a 45 minute ride the other day. Not even a HINT of panting or quaking. So I'm convinced this is the problem. I know, once the ice goes away and the temps warm up, our suspension will improve and the problem will disappear. But what do I do until then? Poor thing. It must be very hard work for him to ride because he likes to look out the window, and while I can keep him laying down with his head on the floor for short periods of time - he doesn't like it one bit. Maybe it makes his teeth chatter from the vibration. So I'm looking for a solution to help him support that big "50lb" head of his. Something that won't do more harm than good by atrophying the muscles. And I'd like to hear if anyone else has run into this or a similar problem with their boxers or big headed brutes.