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Early puppy development protocol

Updated: Jun 28, 2021

Neurological stimulation is believed to have an important positive effect on a puppies development. The first several weeks of life is when rapid neurological growth and development happens. During this time our puppies are exposed to gentle stressors which have been found to have many positive lifelong health and social benefits.

Health benefits:

  • improved cardio vascular performance (heart rate),

  • stronger heart beats and adrenal glands.

  • The show a greater resistance to disease,

Social benefits:

  • more tolerance to stress,

  • more exploratory,

  • improved problem solving,

  • less disturbed or upset by test conditions,

  • more calm in the test environment,

  • made fewer errors in tests, and

  • gave only an occasional distress sound when stressed.


The Protocol:

Early neurological stimulation : Birth to 2 weeks

  • Tactile stimulation - We hold each puppy for a few minutes a few times a day. We tickle between their t