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E.N.S. & E.S.I

Early Neurological Stimulation

ENS requires handling the puppies one at a time while performing a series of five exercises. We start with one pup and stimulate it using each of the five exercises. We complete the series from beginning to end before starting with the next pup. The handling of each pup once per day involves the following exercises listed below.

What benefits come from early neurological stimulation?
ENS is believed to 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:
- Improved cardio vascular performance (heart rate).
- Stronger heart beats.
- Stronger adrenal glands.
- More tolerance to stress.
- Greater resistance to disease.

Thank you Breeding Better Dogs for the wonderful photos below!

Early Scent Introduction

(We are currently re-evaluating the effects of ESI and our protocol will differ from now on.)

 ESI is started at Day 3 and goes to Day 16.

The purpose is to enhance puppies ability to identify, and react to specific scents. Each day, strong scent is introduced to the puppy for brief intervals, and their reaction is recorded. For those that want to train pups to recognize specific scents, they can be introduced before the puppy goes to it's new home.
For us, we simply use it to engage their sense of smell earlier on in life.


#1 - Tactile Stimulation 

Holding the pup in one hand, gently stimulate (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.

Duration: 3 – 5 seconds.

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