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Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS)



Originally published as

                                               "Early Neurological Stimulation"                                              

      by Dr. Carmen Battaglia 



   The following is an excerpt from a article by Dr Carmen Battaglia regarding early
   stimulation of puppies to maximize the performance of our dogs. To read the entire article


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       The U.S. Military in their canine program developed a method that still serves as a guide
to what works. In an effort to improve the performance of dogs used for military
purposes, a program called "Bio Sensor" was developed. Later, it became known to the
public as the "Super Dog" Program. Based on years of research, the 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 because this
interval of time is a period of rapid neurological growth and development, and therefore
is of great importance to the individual.

    The "Bio Sensor" program was also concerned with early neurological stimulation in
order to give the dog a superior advantage. Its development utilized six exercises which
were designed to stimulate the neurological system. Each workout involved handling
puppies once each day. The workouts required handling them one at a time while
performing a series of five exercises. Listed in order of preference, the handler starts with
one pup and stimulates it using each of the five exercises. The handler completes the
series from beginning to end before starting with the next pup.

The handling of each pup once per day involves the following exercises:

  1. Tactical stimulation (between toes)

  2. Head held erect

  3. Head pointed down

  4. Supine position

  5. Thermal stimulation

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