April 19, 2005

Early Neurological Stimulation

Studies for the US Military canine program have revealed that that early neurological stimulation exercises could have important and lasting effects in the development of a working dog. The studies confirmed that there are specific time periods early in a puppy's 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 stimulation program uses five exercises which are designed to stimulate the neurological system. Each workout involves handling puppies once each day, one at a time, while performing a series of five exercises, completing the series from beginning to end before starting with the next pup.

  1. Tactical stimulation (between toes)
  2. Head held erect
  3. Head pointed down
  4. Supine position
  5. Thermal stimulation.


Julia Barnett said...

Hi Marj,
Pups must have arrived on Sunday - lovely!
I have nothing to compare with, but when Lexi had her pups I did the ENS thing from days 3-16 with her four pups. They were all lovely, outgoing and pretty bomb-proof pups when they left home - it certainly can't do any harm if you can get the breeders to do this.....


Anonymous said...

Marj Brook's website has photos and experiences on what she calls "doing the Battaglia thing"

Dawn said...

My kelpie Capella was given early neurological stimulation as the breeder
does it with all her puppies, and I am certain it had much to do with my
little girl's demeanour.
Capella is really a "performance dog" in all aspects, she has attitude, is
friendly, outgoing, showed well, being an Aust Ch at 14 months, (all that
kennel are calm in the show ring), she is doing well in obedience, tracking,
had her AD in 6 trials, 2 jumping qualies placed in all, and has done some
herding and doggy dancing and she is only 2 & 3/12.
Good luck with your little puppy, we'll enjoy hearing all about him!