During the Neonatal stage, our puppies begin their Early Neurological Stimulation which keeps up throughout this phase of growth and into the next. Our puppies receive Early Neurological Stimulation from birth until 16 days of age.  

Body handling is a key component to conditioning the puppies to be comfortable with not only being held but also having different extremities manipulated so ideally they will be more comfortable at Veterinary appointments as well as with children. Near the end of this stage begins new object introduction to the puppies everyday; anything from pots/pans to children’s toys. Introducing various objects at such a young age helps to foster curiosity and comfortably with changes so that the puppies learn to adjust as their environments alter over time. (We strongly encourage new parents to send an item of clothing that has their scent so their new puppy will be very familiar with them before they even go home.) 

Dogs that receive ENS as puppies have:

  • Stronger adrenal glands
  • Higher stress tolerance
  • Greater resistance to disease
  • Stronger heartbeats
  • Improved cardiovascular performance

The five exercises of Early Neurological Stimulation are conducted for 3-5 seconds each. These exercises are listed below.

  1. Head held erect
  2. Head pointed down
  3. Tactile stimulation
  4. Supine position
  5. Thermal stimulation