Bio Sensor Program

Super Dog – Bio Sensor Program

Bio Sensory Training for Dogs

The U.S. Military developed a program in the 1970’s called “Bio Sensor.” It 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. They found that not only were puppies able to cope more with stressful situations, and problem solve better than other puppies but that they were actually physically healthier with higher cardiovascular performance, stronger immune systems, adrenal glands and heart beats.

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 is practiced here at Beyond Bliss Doodles. We incorporate the Bio-Sensor or Super Dog Program into our socialization and temperament development regimen. The Bio Sensor program easily fits into our established puppy rearing process and supports our values.

Below are the five Bio Sensor exercises designed to stimulate the neurological system of the puppy. We incorporate these exercises into our daily puppy routine between the puppies third and sixteenth day of life. Each puppy is put through the following exercises once daily:  

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

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 pup on the towel, feet down. Do not restrain it from moving. Time of stimulation 3-5 seconds.

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 cardiac performance
– Stronger heartbeats
– Stronger adrenal glands
– More tolerance to stress and stressful situations
– Greater resistance to disease

We do not substitute the Bio-Sensory Training for daily socialization and handling of our puppies. The Bio Sensor method is a well-documented puppy development tool. Many puppies bred for field, security, therapy and guide work are introduced to the Bio Sensor Program as part of their development training.

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