Cricket Hollow, we have adopted the Bio Sensor method to start our new
pups off. Below is an article about the Bio Sensor, or Super Dog, program.
From: "Developing High Achievers"
by Dr. Carmen Battaglia
May 1995 AKC Gazette
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 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 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 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 upward 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 - 5 seconds
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.
Thank you for the photos
These five exercises
will produce neurological stimulations, none of which naturally occur
during this early period of life. Experience shows that while 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 stimulation exercises:
1. Improved cardio vascular
performance (heart rate)
2. Stronger heart beats,
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 littermates over
which they were dominant in competitive situations.
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