Early Neurological Stimulation


Thanks to researchers Scott and Fuller we know that it is important to begin socialization of young puppies from about their 3rd or 4th week if we are to have well-balanced individuals who grow up to be confident young adults.

But what about the period from birth to the 16th day?  Based on years of research, the US military learned that early neurological stimulation exercises could have important and lasting effects. Their studies confirmed that there are specific time periods early in life when neurological stimulation has optimum results. The first period involves a window of time that begins at the third day of life and lasts until the sixteenth day.  It is believed that this interval of time is a period of rapid neurological growth and development, and therefore is of great importance to the individual.  In an effort to improve the performance of dogs used for military purposes, a program called “Bio Sensor” was developed.

This program was designed to stimulate the neurological system.   Each workout involved handling each puppy once a day and involved the following exercises.

1. Tactile stimulation

2. Head held erect

3. Head pointed down

4. Supine position

5. Thermal stimulation.

These exercises impact the neurological system by kicking it into action earlier than would be normally expected, resulting in an increased capacity that later will help to make the difference in the adult dog’s performance.

Health benefits such as improved cardiovascular performance, stronger adrenal glands, more tolerance to stress and greater resistance to disease have been observed in canines that were exposed to the Bio Sensor stimulation exercises.

In addition, stimulated puppies were found to be more active and were more exploratory than their non-stimulated littermates.

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