EARLY NEUROLOGICAL STIMULATION
The 'Bio Sensor' program was concerned with early neurological
stimulation in order to give the dog a superior advantage. ka development
utilized five 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 no 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 a day starting with the third day through the sixteenth day involves
the following exercises:
1. Tactile stimulations - 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 is 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 toward the ground. Time of stimulation 3-5 seconds.
4. Supine position - hold the pup so that is back is resting in the palm of both hands with its muzzle facing the ceiling. The pup while on is 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 refrigeratior for at least five minutes. Place the pup on the towel, feet down. Do not restrain it from moving. Time of stiimulation 3-5 seconds.
These five exercises will produce neurological stimulations, none of which naturally occurs 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.
Five benefits have been observed in canines who were exposed to the Bio Sensor stimulation exercises. The benefits noted were:
1) Improved cardiovascular performance (heart rate).
2) Stronger heartbeats.
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 littemates over which they were dominant in competitive situations.
Secondary effects were also noted regarding test performance. In simple problem solving tests using detours in a maze, the non-stimulated pups became extremely aroused, whined a great deal, and made many errors. Their stimulated littermates were less distrubed or upset by test conditions and when comparisons were made, the stimulated littermates were more calm in the test environment, made fewer errors and gave only occasional distress signal when stressed.
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