We have adopted the Bio Sensor  method on early neurological stimulation to start our new pups off right.  
Methods of Stimulation

 The U.S. Military canine program developed a method that  still serves as a guide for starting pups on the right path dubbed "bio-sensor" by the military and known publicly 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.  This window of time is a period of rapid neurological growth and development that cannot be replicated later in life.  Thus exercises performed during this period creates a lifelong learner. 

The "Bio Sensor" program was also concerned with early  neurological stimulation in order to give the dog a superior advantage. Its
development utilized five exercises designed to stimulate the  neurological system. Each workout involves handling puppies each day individually while performing a series of five  exercises. Listed in no order of preference the handler starts with one put 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

2.)Head held erect

3.)Head pointed down

 4.) Supine position

5.)Thermal  stimulation 

These five exercises will produce neurological stimulation, none of which naturally occur  during this early period 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 per day and do not extend the time beyond that recommended for 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 result being an increased capacity that later will help to make the difference in its performance. Those who play with their pups and routinely handle them should continue to do so because the neurological exercises are not substitutions for routine handling, play socialization or bonding.

Five benefits have been observed in canines that were exposed to  the Bio Sensor stimulation exercises:

    1. Improved cardiovascular performance (heart rate)

    2. Stronger heart beats,

    3. Stronger adrenal glands,

    4. More tolerance to stress

    5. Greater resistance to disease
In tests of learning, stimulated pups were found to be more active and were more exploratory than their non- stimulated litter-mates over
which they were dominant in competitive situations.

1. Tactile stimulation -  holding the pup in one hand, the handler gently stimulates (tickles) 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. Time of stimulation 3 - 5 seconds. 

 2. Head held erect - using both hands, the pup is held perpendicular to the ground, (straight up), so that its head is directly above its tail. This is an upwards position. Time of stimulation 3 - 5  seconds

 3. Head pointed down - holding the pup firmly with both hands the head is reversed and is pointed downward so that it is  
pointing towards the ground. Time of stimulation 3 - 5 seconds 

4. Supine position - hold the pup so that its back is resting in the palm of both hands with its muzzle facing the ceiling. The pup while on its back is  allowed to sleep struggle. Time of stimulation 3-5 seconds.
 5. Thermal stimulation - use a damp towel that has been cooled in a refrigerator for at least five minutes. Place the pup on the towel, feet down. Do not restrain it from moving. Time of stimulation 3-5 seconds.


Information and photos shared courtesy of Shirley Davis-Boshi Poodles