The U.S. Military developed a program in the 1970's called "Bio Sensor." (Became publicly know and is often referred to as the "Super Dog" Program or Bio-Sensory Training for Dogs.) The program was developed to improve the performance of dogs used for military purposes.
The basic premise of the program is that early neurological stimulation exercises could affect the performance of the dog. The Army's research revealed that early stimulation of the puppy from the 3rd day through the 16th day influence rapid neurological growth and development.
Bio-Sensor Practiced by Diana's Kerries We incorporate the Bio-Sensor or Super Dog Program into our Kerry Blue Terrier socialization and temperament development regimen. The Bio Sensor program easily fit into our established Kerry Blue puppy rearing process and supports our Values.
David and I have always believed that handling dogs at an early age helps with the physical and social development of the puppy.
Below are the six Bio Sensor exercises designed to stimulate the neurological system of the puppy. I have incorporated these exercises into our daily puppy routine. Each puppy is put through the following exercises once daily:
1. TACTILE STIMULATION - Hold the Kerry Blue puppy 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 Kerry Blue 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 - Hold the Kerry Blue Terrier puppy 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 puppy 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 Kerry pup on the towel, feet down. Do not restrain it from moving. (See my notes below.) Time of stimulation 3-5 seconds.
I strictly follow the Bio Sensor program with the following exceptions. The program is started on the fourth day. On the 3rd day our Kerry Blue Terrier puppies travel to the Veterinarian to have tails docked and dew claws removed. The trip to the Vet is more than enough neurological stimulation. I also use the cool metal top of my clothes dryer as the source of my thermal stimulation. This is when I also weigh the puppies.
Bio-Sensory Training for Dogs improves the development of the puppy's neurological systems by early stimulation and stress. Five benefits have been observed in dogs that were exposed to the Bio Sensor stimulation exercises: - Improved Cardiovascular Performance, - Stronger Heart Beats, - Stronger Adrenal Glands, - More Tolerance to Stress, and - Greater Resistance to Disease.
I do not substitute the Bio-Sensory Training for Dogs for socialization and handling of the Kerry Blue Terrier puppies. The Bio Sensor method is a well-documented puppy development tool. Many puppies bred for field, security, and guide work are introduced to the Bio Sensor Program as part of their development.
- Diana Thompson
This page last updated on 11-05-2009. (OPT)
FIGURE 1. TACTILE STIMULATION
FIGURE 2. HEAD HELD ERECT
FIGURE 3. HEAD POINTED DOWN
FIGURE 4. SUPINE POSITION
FIGURE 5. THERMAL STIMULATION
Puppies pictured are from AM CH Diana's A-Legacy of Hope - "Abbey" and AM CH Diana's Blue Boy - "Sir" Born on November 7, 2004
"...It has been shown that breeders should be guided by the rule that it is generally considered prudent to guard against under and over stimulation... During their first two months of life, a conservative approach would be to expose them to children, people, toys and other animals on a regular basis. Handling and touching all parts of their anatomy is also a necessary part of their learning which can be started as early as the third day of life. Pups that are handled early and on a regular basis generally do not become hand-shy as adults." - Dr. Carmen L. Battaglia, Comments on Early Neurological Stimulation