Kennel, we use the Bio Sensor method to help improve our pups neurological growth & development, along with daily
Methods of Stimulation
The U.S. Military in their canine program developed a method that still serves as a guide to what
works. In an effort to improve the performance of dogs used for military purposes, a program called "Bio Sensor"
was developed. Later, it became known to the public 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. It is believed that because this
interval of time is a period of rapid neurological growth and development, and therefore is of great importance to the individual.
The "Bio Sensor" program was also concerned with early neurological stimulation
in order to give the dog a superior advantage. Its development utilized six 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 nor 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 - 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 -
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.
These five exercises will produce neurological stimulations, 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
- Improved cardio vascular performance (heart rate)
- Stronger heart beats,
- Stronger adrenal
- More tolerance to stress
- Greater resistance to disease
In tests of learning, stimulated pups were found
to be more active and were more exploratory than their non- stimulated littermates over which they were dominant in competitive