Yesterday I took the Belgians to see their chiropractor.
Dr. Fred worked on Phoenix's neck for quite a while. Then he said, "There. I put his head back on straight."
That would certainly explain a lot.
Phoenix's neck is routinely "out." Dr. Fred thought it was due to the heads-up style of heeling I teach. I thought about that for awhile. Then I thought about Nix's tugging style. He grabs the tug and whips his head back and forth in the "maligator death roll" while I hold on for dear life.
I'm thinking THAT would be more conducive to putting one's neck and spine out of alignment than a few minutes of trotting around with one's head tipped up. It's not like I ask him to heel for hours without any breaks.
Goal for 2011: keep tug sessions focused on TUGGING instead of THRASHING.
P.S. Thanks, Kathy, for the promise to bring Phoenix a cat. You are his new best friend.