Wow, it’s been a busy summer already! Almost all of Molly’s pups have gone to their forever homes and at the time of this writing, only Mildred remains. We know this is a crazy time for everyone and that it’s a great time for bonding with puppy. But sometimes, life happens. We get it. Thankfully, we have several families interested, so hopefully by the time of publication, Mildred will be in her forever home. Fingers crossed!
In our last post we covered Golden Cavaliers in broad brushstrokes. So, in this article, we thought we’d take a deeper dive into some of the things we talked about. Right now, Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS) is the name of the game.
What is Early Neurological Stimulation?
One of the things we strive to do is give our pups the best advantage. We as pet parents do it, too. As COVID-19 came to rest on our lives in 2020, we learned many of our pups were destined to be therapy dogs. Some in cooperation with their new families as therapy dogs in the workplace. Some as volunteers. And some, for cuddly, snuggly therapy just because. So, we pivoted to provide ENS to offer our forever families pups with superior advantage. Below is a short excerpt from our friends at breedingbetterdogs.com along with a link to help explain what ENS is (known also as a BioSensor program).
“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 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:
- Tactical stimulation (between toes)
- Head held erect
- Head pointed down
- Supine position
- Thermal stimulation”
For more information, check out this article – https://breedingbetterdogs.com/article/early-neurological-stimulation.
How Else Are Your Pups Socialized?
We introduce our pups to not just adults, but also children in a controlled environment. Our pups are socialized with humans, other dogs and puppies, and noises of day-to-day lives. Though we understand some places may be noisier or quieter. And as someone pointed out not long ago, we will soon be working on introducing our pups to cats.
Can We Come to the Farm to See the Puppies?
Of course, you can! When they’re at least 7 weeks old and if you’re on one of our reservation lists. We take care to ensure our pups are well cared for and to guard against risk, we must keep our visitors to a minim.um.
Many people are not aware the diseases we carry on our shoes in our trips to the store, walking our neighborhoods, and parks. Without knowing it, someone could walk in any number of diseases our pups’ immune systems aren’t strong enough for yet.
One Final Thought…
There is so much information to be learned about puppies and dogs and so many places to find information. We appreciate you taking a moment to read our bits of information. We are also learning, working to provide better experiences, super pups, and to elevate our customer service. We are always listening, always learning.
Our families teach us so much from the questions you ask to the experiences you’ve had, we learn from each other. We know you have a variety of places to go for finding the perfect puppy for you and thank you for choosing Golden Cavaliers.
Look out next month for another foray into Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know….and if you have an idea or have a question you’d like us to dive into, please comment or send an email. We look forward to hearing from you.