Early Neurological Stimulation
Early Scent Introducton
Texture & Sound
Developed by the military, and known as the 'super dog program', Early Neurological Stimulation enhances the natural abilities of a dog. We get this done between day 3 and 16, it puts the puppies under mild forms of stimulation leading to 'stress' in a controlled way. These early 'stresses' have many benefits, including cardiovascular, immune system and stress tolerance. Adding these to a breeding program is can lead to better problem solving abilities later in life.
ENS includes multiple tests - holding puppy in the supine position, head down, head up, thermal stimulation and tactile stimulation.
Early Scent Introduction is done here at ages 2 through 4 weeks. This is where we introduce new smells every day. We give the puppies 5 seconds to engage with each new scent and record if the puppy gives a positive, negative or neutral response.
This test can be very beneficial in the dogs entire life. Dogs who participate in ESI have a more optimistic approach to new things, more confidence, fewer behavioral problems and stability. ESI is also proven to assist in successful Search & Rescue, tracking and service dogs.
Introducing puppies to new textures and sounds is done here at age 4 through 6 weeks. Every day, we introduce a new texture and sound, and record how each item affects the dogs behavior.
This test makes puppies more aware of their surroundings, more desensitized to everyday sounds and more comfortable adapting to new environments.
Comfortable = Confident
Confidence = happy puppies and owners!
puppy had a negative response, was very vocal about it and wanted to get away from the stimulus.
puppy had a neutral response - didn't hate it but didn't love it either - tried to get away but wasn't vocal.
puppy had a neutral response and tolerated each stimulation.
puppy had a positive reaction to each stimulus - calm and content.
puppy fell asleep during each exercise. Most puppies were like little rag dolls, and were completely relaxed.
Interested in learning more? Here are the benefits of ENS and how important it is! We start at day 6 instead of day 3, just because we dock tails and remove dewclaws at day 3. We've found that this gives them a couple days to heal and rest before more stimulation.
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