Bio Sensor

Super Dog – Bio-Sensor – Bio Sensory Training for Dogs

The U.S. Military developed a program in the 1970’s called “Bio Sensor.” (Became publicly known 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 influenced rapid neurological growth and development.

Bio-Sensor is practiced by Wavemaker Staffords We incorporate the Bio-Sensor or Super Dog Program into our Staffordshire Bull Terrier socialization and temperament development regimen. The Bio Sensor program easily fit into our established Stafford puppy natural rearing process and supports our values.

We strongly feel that handling dogs at an early age helps with the physical and social development of the puppy.

At right are the six Bio Sensor exercises designed to stimulate the neurological system of the puppy. We incorporate these exercises into our daily puppy routine. Each puppy is put through the recommended exercises once daily beginning on day 3.

We do not substitute the Bio-Sensory Training for Dogs for socialization and handling of the Staffordshire Bull 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.

These five exercises will produce neurological stimulations, none of which naturally occur during this early period of life. Experience shows that sometimes pups will resist these exercises, others will appear unconcerned. In either case a caution is offered to those who plan to use them. Do not repeat them more than once per day and do not extend the time beyond that recommended for each exercise. Over stimulation of the neurological system can have adverse and detrimental results. These exercises impact the neurological system by kicking it into action earlier than would be normally expected. The result being an increased capacity that later will help to make the difference in its performance. Those who play with their pups and routinely handle them should continue to do so because the neurological exercises are not substitutions for routine handling, play socialization or bonding.

Five benefits have been observed in canines that were exposed to the Bio Sensor stimulation exercises. The benefits noted were:

  • Improved cardio vascular performance (heart rate)
  • Stronger heart beats
  • Stronger adrenal glands
  • More tolerance to stress and
  • Greater resistance to disease

In tests of learning, stimulated pups were found to be more active and were more exploratory than their non- stimulated littermates 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, wined a great deal, and made many errors. Their stimulated littermates were less disturbed or upset by test conditions and when comparisons were made, the stimulated littermates were more calm in the test environment, made fewer errors and gave only an occasional distress when stressed.

The above information was written by Dr. Carmen L Battaglia. More information can be found on http://www.breedingbetterdogs.com/achiever.html

Also please see full article at: The Stafford Knot

TACTILE STIMULATION

Hold the 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.

HEAD HELD ERECT

Using both hands, the 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.

HEAD POINTED DOWN

Hold 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.

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.

THERMAL STIMULATION

Use a damp towel that has been cooled in a refrigerator for at least five minutes. Place the pup on the towel, feet down. Do not restrain it from moving.
Time of stimulation 3-5 seconds.