Early Neuro Stimulation
The U.S. Military in their canine program developed a method that serves as a guide for assisting development in dogs.
In an effort to improve the performance of canines used for military purposes, a program called "Super Dog" was developed. This program is still being used today in Europe, Russia, and with Top Breeders in the US like the Monks of New Skete.
Based on years of research, the military learned that early neurological stimulation exercises could have important and lasting effects. Their studies confirmed that there are specific time periods early in life when neurological stimulation has optimum results.
Five benefits have been observed in canines:
+ 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.
Book suggestions: Love is all You Need by Jennifer Arnold and The Power of Positive Dog Training by Pat Miller are our favorites. The Dog Listener / How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves/ Living with Kids and Dogs Without Losing Your Mind by Coleen Pelar /The Puppy Primer /Puppy Training: Owner's Week-By-Week Training Guide by Charlotte Schwartz are other good training books. We also love: The Art of Raising a Puppy by the Monks of New Skete. For those who like videos, You Tube’s Zak George also has some good training videos. Dr Sophia Lin's web site has great videos/books on dog training as well as posters to print off for kids: Sophia Lin.
The most important, and first, thing to do with your new puppy is spend some time on bonding. It is the human-canine bond that is both unique and wondrous. Without it, a dog often becomes confused or lost. You are the most important creature in the world to him, a best friend. There is nothing a puppy wants more than to be loved.
Puppy wants to please and imitate his or her owner. He enjoys learning and communicating. It is up to the owner to give direction and be a role model. Negative training such as yelling or any physical pain makes puppy fearful and confused. The best thing to do is to keep all personal items out of reach of puppy, including wires and items on counter until puppy is fully trained to only touch his own toys. Food will always be tempting to dogs, so plan to always keep food out of reach.
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