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Pup Development > Early Neurological > Bio Sensor Stimulation

We call this Early Neurological stimulation on our Whelp Schedule and it is performed between weeks one and two.

Listed in order of preference, the handler starts with one puppy and stimulates it using each of the five exercises. The handler completes the series from beginning to end before starting with the next puppy. Each puppy will struggle and not want to be poked,  prodded, or frozen, so be prepared to hold on tight.

The handling of each puppy once per day involves the following exercises:
1. Tactile stimulation - holding the puppy in one hand, the handler gently stimulates (tickles) the puppy between all toes on any one foot using a Q-tip. It is not necessary to see that the puppy is feeling the tickle.

Time of stimulation 3 - 5 seconds.
 2. Head held erect - using both hands, the puppy is held perpendicular to the ground, (straight up), so that its head is directly above its tail. This is an upwards position.

Time of stimulation 3 - 5 seconds.
 3. Head pointed down - holding the puppy firmly with both hands the head is reversed and is pointed downward so that it is pointing towards the ground.

Time of stimulation 3 - 5 seconds.
 4. Supine position - hold the puppy so that its back is resting in the palm of both hands with its muzzle facing the ceiling. The puppy, while on its back, is allowed to sleep.

Time of stimulation 3-5 seconds.
 5. Thermal stimulation—use a damp towel that has been cooled in a refrigerator for at least five minutes (I usually prepare two so I can have one waiting and cooling back down for the next puppy). Place the puppy on the towel, feet down. Do not restrain it from moving.

Time of stimulation 3-5 seconds.

Benefits of Stimulation
Five benefits have been observed in canines that were exposed to the Bio Sensor stimulation exercises. The benefits noted were:
1. Improved cardio-vascular performance (heart rate)
2. Stronger heart beats,
3. Stronger adrenal glands,
4. More tolerance to stress, and
5. Greater resistance to disease.

In tests of learning, stimulated pups were found to be more active and were more exploratory than their non- stimulated litter mates over which they were dominant in competitive situations.

Secondary effects were also noted regarding test performance. In simple problem solving tests using detours in a maze, the non-stimulated pups became extremely aroused, whined a great deal, and made many errors. Their stimulated litter mates were less disturbed or upset by test conditions and when comparisons were made, the stimulated litter mates were more calm in the test environment, made fewer errors and gave only an occasional distress sound when stressed.

Source: "Early Neurological Stimulation"; Dr. Carmen L. Battaglia

Rev. 15 January 18

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