Early Neurological Stimulation

I don’t see any reasons we can’t start ENS on schedule tomorrow. 

Why do we do ENS?[1]Gazzano, A., Mariti, C., Notari, L., Sighieri, C., McBride, E.A., 2008. Effects of early gentling and early environment on emotional development of puppies. Appl. Anim. Behav. Sci. 110, 294–304., … Continue reading[2]Battaglia, C.L., 2009. Periods of early development and the effects of stimulation and social experiences in the canine. J Vet. Behav. 4, 203–210., … Continue reading[3]Schoon, A., Berntsen, T.G., 2011. Evaluating the effect of early neurological stimulation on the development and training of mine detection dogs. J. Vet. Behav. 6, … Continue reading

Early Neurological Stimulation is attributed with:

  • Improved cardio vascular performance (heart rate)
  • Stronger heart beats
  • Stronger adrenal glands
  • More tolerance to stress
  • Greater resistance to disease

What is it? Early Neurological Stimulation is a series of  five very short, specific exercises that puppies are subjected to once a day between 3rd and 16th day of life:

  • Tactical stimulation- 3 to 5 seconds of “tickling” puppy’s toes with a Q-tip
  • Head held erect 3 to 5 seconds
  • Head pointed down for 3 to 5 seconds
  • Supine position – gently holding puppy “belly up” for 3 to 5 seconds
  • Thermal stimulation- placing a puppy on a cold, refrigerated towel for 3 to 5 seconds

References

References
1 Gazzano, A., Mariti, C., Notari, L., Sighieri, C., McBride, E.A., 2008. Effects of early gentling and early environment on emotional development of puppies. Appl. Anim. Behav. Sci. 110, 294–304., https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0168159107001608?via%3Dihub
2 Battaglia, C.L., 2009. Periods of early development and the effects of stimulation and social experiences in the canine. J Vet. Behav. 4, 203–210., https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1558787809001555?via%3Dihub
3 Schoon, A., Berntsen, T.G., 2011. Evaluating the effect of early neurological stimulation on the development and training of mine detection dogs. J. Vet. Behav. 6, 150–157.,https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1558787810001759?via%3Dihub