Early Canine Neuron Stimulation Practices

The U.S Military, in their canine program, developed a method that still
serves to a guide that 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.  The studies confirmed that there are specific time periods early in
life when neurological stimulations has optimum results.  The first period
involves a window of time that begins in the third day of life and last until
the sixteenth day.  It is believed that because this interval of time is a
period of rapid neurological growth and development that it is of great
importance to the individual.
The "Bio Sensor" program developed five exercises which were designed
to stimulate the neurological system.  Each workout involved handling
puppies once each day.  The workout required handling them one at a
time while performing the 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. Tactile Stimulation(between toes)
               2. Head Held Erect
               3. Head Pointed Down
               4. Supine Position
               5. Thermal Stimulation

1. Tactile Stimulation - Holding the
pup in one hand, the handler gently
stimulates(tickles) the pup between the
toes on any one foot with a Q-tip.  It is
not necessary to see that the pup is
feeling the tickle.  Time of stimulation,
3-5 seconds.

Figure 1

2. Head Held Erect - Using both
hands, the pup is held perpendicular to
the ground.  Straight up so it's head is
directly above it's tail.  This is an
upward position. Time of stimulation,
3-5 seconds.

Figure 2

3. Head Pointed Down - Holding the
pup firmly in both hands the head is
reversed and is pointing downward so
that it's pointing to the ground. Time of
stimulation, 3-5 seconds.

Figure 3

4. Supine Position - Hold the pup so
it's back is resting in the palm of both
hands with it's muzzle facing the ceiling.
 The pup while on it's back is allowed
to sleep struggle.  Time of stimulation,
3-5 seconds.

Figure 4

5. Thermal Stimulation - Use a
damp towel that has been cooled in a
refrigerator for at least 5 minutes.  
Place the pup on the towel, feet down.  
Do not restrain it from moving. Time of
stimulation, 3-5 seconds.

Figure 5

These five exercises will produce neurological stimulations, none of
which naturally occur during the early periods of life.  Experience
shows that sometimes pups will resist these exercises, others will
appear unconcerned.  In either case a caution is offered to those who
plan to use them.  Do not repeat them more than once a day and do
not extend the time beyond the recommended of each exercise.  Over
stimulation of the neurological system can have adverse and
detrimental results.  These exercises impact the neurological system by
kicking it into action earlier than would be normally expected. The
results being an increase capacity that later will help to make a
difference in it's performance.  Those who play with their pups and
routinely handle them should continue to do so because the
neurological exercise are not substitutions for routine handling play
socialization, or bonding.

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
5. Greater resistance to diseases

In test of learning, stimulated pups were found to be more active and
more exploratory then their non-stimulated letter mates over which
they were dominant in competitive situations.
Secondary effects were also noted regarding test performance.  The
simple problem solving test using detours in a maze, the
non-stimulated pups became extremely aroused, wined a great deal,
and made many errors.  Their stimulated litter mates were less
disturbed or upset by test conditions and when comparisons are
made, the stimulated litter mates were more calm in the test
environment, made fewer errors and gave only an occasional distress
when tested.