Early neurological stimulation, also known as “bio-sensor” or “super dog” training, is a set of exercises designed to stimulate the development of a puppy’s nervous system. These exercises are typically performed on puppies between the ages of 3 and 16 days old and are believed to have numerous benefits, including improved cardiovascular function, stronger immune systems, better temperament, and increased problem-solving abilities.
The exercises are based on the principles of cross-patterning, which involves stimulating different reflexes on opposite sides of the body simultaneously. This is thought to help the puppy’s brain process information more efficiently and improve their ability to adapt to new environments.
The exercises are simple and can be performed by anyone with a young puppy. They should be done once a day, and should not be repeated in the same day. The exercises are as follows:
- Tactile stimulation: Holding the pup in one hand, the handler gently stimulate (tickle) the pup between the toes on any one foot using a Q-tip. It is not necessary to see that the pup is feeling the tickle.
- Head held erect: Hold the puppy with their head facing upward for 5 seconds.
- Head pointed down: Hold the puppy with their head facing downward for 5 seconds.
- Supine position: Place the puppy on their back and hold them for 5 seconds.
- Thermal stimulation: Wet a small cloth with cool water and place it on the puppy’s belly for 5 seconds.
It’s important to remember that these exercises should not be painful or uncomfortable for the puppy. If the puppy becomes distressed or shows signs of discomfort, stop the exercise immediately.
While the benefits of early neurological stimulation have not been extensively studied, many trainers and breeders believe that these exercises can have a positive impact on a puppy’s development. However, it’s important to note that proper nutrition, socialization, and training are also essential for the overall development and well-being of a puppy.
There is some evidence to suggest that early neurological stimulation may have a positive impact on a puppy’s temperament. For example, some studies have found that puppies who received early neurological stimulation were more exploratory, more confident in unfamiliar situations, and less fearful of new environments.
Other research has found that early neurological stimulation may have a positive effect on a puppy’s socialization skills and ability to interact with other dogs. Puppies who received early neurological stimulation were found to be more social and less aggressive towards unfamiliar dogs compared to those who did not receive the stimulation.
It’s important to note that while early neurological stimulation may have some potential benefits for a puppy’s temperament, it is not a substitute for proper socialization, training, and care. Socializing puppies with a variety of people, places, and experiences is crucial for their overall development and well-being.
It’s also important to note that the effects of early neurological stimulation may vary from puppy to puppy. Some puppies may show more dramatic improvements in temperament compared to others, and the benefits of the stimulation may not be evident until the puppy is older. It’s important to work with a veterinarian or professional dog trainer to determine the best approach for your puppy’s individual needs.
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