How to neurologically stimulate puppies
Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS) is defined as a process in which mild stress is given to very young puppies in a very controlled manner. This stress in the first days of life stimulates the neurological system as a result; development and growth are improved, along with the cardiovascular system, the immune system, and stress tolerance.
In this article, we will discuss how to stimulate your puppies neurologically and what its benefits are.
How to neurologically stimulate your puppies?
A canine training program was developed by the U.S. military that is still used as a guide. In order to improve the performance of the military dog, a program known as “Bio sensor” was started; this is known as the “super dog” program.
In this year-long trial of research, military veterinarians understand that neurological stimulation exercises have large, long-lasting effects on puppies. It is confirmed in the study that there is a specific age in which neurological stimulation has excellent results.
The best time period for neurological stimulation exercises is from the third day of their life to the sixteenth day. It is also the period when neurological development and growth is rapid.
This stimulation program also helps the puppies to become superior dogs. In this program, six exercises are performed to stimulate the neurological system. The exercise program involves the handling of puppies on each day.
The workout will require the handling of the puppy, and then five exercises were performed. The duration of each exercise is 3-5 seconds, and these exercises are as follows.
In this exercise, the puppy is held in one hand, and the toes are tickled with the help of a cotton swab. It is not important whether the puppy feels the tickle or not.
With the help of both hands, the puppies stand upright, perpendicular to the ground. This is an upward position where the head is directly over the tail.
Head pointing down
By holding the puppy with both hands, the head is inverted and pointed toward the ground.
The next step is to manipulate it with both hands in such a way that its backrests on the palm and its muzzle towards the ceiling.
Place your puppy in a feet-down position on a damp towel that has been chilled in a refrigerator for five minutes. Don’t stop your puppy from moving.
Benefits of Neurological Stimulation
There are many benefits of neurological stimulation in puppies. The benefits are listed below.
- Stronger heartbeats
- Improved cardiovascular performance
- More tolerance to stress
- Stronger adrenal glands
- Greater resistance to disease
Neurologically stimulated puppies are also observed to be more active than their non-stimulated litter mates and appear dominant in competitive situations.
Other effects of training that were observed are that neurologically stimulated puppies have a great ability to solve problems. In any performance test, the non-stimulated puppies displayed aggressiveness, moaned a lot, and many errors were observed. On the other hand, the trained puppies were less disturbed and appeared calmer and fresher in the test area. They make few mistakes and are rarely distressed when stressed.
These tests confirm that neurologically stimulated puppies have a tough nature and can cope better with difficult situations than other dogs.