At Pickwick Pugs we start handling/socializing the puppies from the day he/she is born and apply bio-sensor principles and ENS (Early Neurological Stimulation) exercises from their first day of life until they leave to go to their new home. We want our puppies to have every advantage as they leave our home and go to their “forever homes”. Starting on Day 3, we add the ENS exercises through Day 16. Five benefits have been observed in canines that were exposed to the Bio Sensor stimulation exercises:
*Improved cardio vascular performance (heart rate)
*Stronger heart beats
*Stronger adrenal glands
*More tolerance to stress
*Greater resistance to disease.
Additionally, with regard to learning, the exercises help pups to be more active and more exploratory. "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."
We also include important handling and socialization of the puppies and incorporate many other socialization and imprinting regimes during the puppies first 8-12 weeks of life at our home.
We continue to work with the pups applying important socialization principles and basic training while they are with us. Their training is geared toward their specific future endeavors (conformation, obedience etc.) but all pugs need to be destined for a couch or lap and, whether or not they participate in activities such as dog shows or tricks events they will need to master important basic skills that allow them to function in a human's world and master the human's vocabulary and rules.
To learn more about these principles there is a wonderful book written by Jerry Hope entitled "The Breeder’s Guide to Raising Superstar Dogs - Puppy Development, Imprinting and Training".
Having attended multiple conferences with Ian Dunbar PhD, BVetMed, MRCVS, we are committed to raising puppies to have solid temperaments, dynamite demeanors, and stellar dispositions" .... true SuperStar Dogs! We can not recommend his book and seminars enough.