How to Neurologically Stimulate Puppies

How to neurologically stimulate puppies

Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS) is a process where mild stress is given to young puppies in a controlled manner. This stress stimulates the neurological system. As a result; development and growth are improved.  Cardiovascular system, immune system, and stress tolerance are also improved.

In this article, we will discuss the benefits and explain how to perform this neurological stimulation.

How to neurologically stimulate your puppies

A canine training program was developed by the U.S. military that is still used. 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, military veterinarians found that neurological stimulation exercises have large, long-lasting effects on puppies. However, the study did  confirm that there is a specific age that this stimulation needs to be done for the best results. This time is from the 3rd day to the 16th day. This is the period when neurological development and growth is rapid. This stimulation program also helps the puppies to become superior dogs.

The workout will require the handling of the puppy, and then five exercises were performed. The duration of each exercise is 3-5 seconds.

Here is how to neurologically stimulate your puppies

Tactical stimulation

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.

Head up

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.

 Supine position

Place the puppy, on it’s back in your hand, hold for 5 seconds.

Thermal stimulation

Wet a towel and put it in the refrigerator for five minutes. Place your puppy in a feet-down position on a damp towel.  Don’t stop your puppy from moving.

Benefits of early neurological stimulation for puppies

There are many benefits of neurological stimulation in puppies. As a result of this stimulation:

  • Stronger heartbeats
  • Improved cardiovascular performance
  • More tolerance to stress
  • Stronger adrenal glands
  • Greater resistance to disease

As a result, 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.

Conclusion

These tests confirm that neurologically stimulated puppies have a tough nature and can cope better with difficult situations than other dogs.

 

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