Monday, August 16, 2010

Summit Dalmatians/Bio Sensor Stimulation

These exercises are performed between weeks 1 and 2 after whelping.

Listed in their preferred order, the handler starts with one puppy, and stimulates it using each of the five exercises listed below. The handler completes the entire series, from beginning to end before starting with the next puppy. Each puppy will struggle and not want to be poked, prodded, or frozen, so always be prepared to hold on tight!

These exercises should be performed NO more than once per day. It involves the following exercises.

Holding the puppy in one hand, the handler gently stimulates, or tickles, the puppy between all toes, on any ONE foot, using a Q-tip. It is NOT necessary to see that the puppy is feeling the "tickle."

Time of stimulation 3-5 seconds.
The Tactile Stimulation Exercise 

2. Head Held Erect
Using both hands, the puppy is held perpendicular to the ground, straight up, so that it's head is directly above it's tail. This is an upwards position.

Time of stimulation 3-5 seconds.

Head held erect exercise
 3. Head Pointed Down 
Holding the 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
Head Pointed Down Exercise
4. Supine Position
Hold the puppy, to that it's back is resting in the palm of both hands, with it's muzzle facing the ceiling. While on it's back, the puppy is allowed to sleep.

Time of stimulation 3-5 seconds.
Supine position exercise
 5. Thermal Stimulation
Using a damp towel, that has been cooled in the refrigerator, for at least 5-10 minutes, place the puppy on the towel, feet down. DO NOT restrain puppy from moving.
I usually prepare 2-3 towels, to have one ready, and one cooling back down.

Time of stimulation 3-5 seconds
Thermal Stimulation exercise
 Benefits of stimulation
Five benefits have been observed in canines that were exposed to the Bio Sensor Stimulation exercises. The benefits noted were:
1. Improved cardio-vascular performance (heart rate)
2. Stronger heart beats
3. Stronger adrenal glands
4. Greater tolerance to stress
5. Greater resistance to disease

In tests of learning, stimulated puppies were found to be more active and were more exploratory, than their non-stimulated litter mates, over which they were dominant in competitive situations.
Secondary effects were also noted, regarding test performance. In simple problem solving tests, using detours in a maze, the non-stimulated pups became extremely aroused, and whined a great deal, and made more errors. Their stimulated litter mates were less disturbed or upset by the test conditions, and...when comparisons were made, the stimulated litter mates were more calm in the test environment, made fewer errors, and gave only an occasional distress sounds when stressed.

Source; "Early Neurological Stimulation", Dr. Carmen L. Battaglia