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At SoftMaple, we have adopted the Bio Sensor method to start our new pups off. Below is an article about the Bio Sensor, or Super Dog program.


Methods of Stimulation

The U.S. Military in their canine program developed a method that still serves as a guide to what works. In an effort to improve the performance of dogs used for military purposes, a program called "Bio Sensor" was developed. Later, it became known to the public as the "Super Dog" Program. 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. The first period involves a window of time that begins at the third day of life and lasts until the sixteenth day. It is believed that because this interval of time is a period of rapid neurological growth and development, and therefore is of great importance to the individual.

The "Bio Sensor" program was also concerned with early neurological stimulation in order to give the dog a superior advantage. Its development utilized six exercises, which were designed to stimulate the neurological system. Each workout involved handling puppies once each day. The workouts required handling them one at a time while performing a series of five exercises. Listed in nor order of preference the handler starts with one put and stimulates it using each of the five exercises. The handler completes the series from beginning to end before starting with the next pup. The handling of each pup once per day involves the following exercises:

1. Tactile stimulation - holding the pup 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 - holding the pup 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 pup 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.

Tactile stimulation

Head held erect

Head pointed down

Supine position

Thermal stimulation

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:

    1. Improved cardio vascular performance (heart rate)
    2. Stronger heart beats,
    3. Stronger adrenal glands,
    4. More tolerance to stress
    5. 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.

personal notes:
10/12/2001 Put the 10 pups through the exercises again today. (See pictures) The red collar liver girl did struggled the most, and was the most vocal. Yellow collar liver girl was very passive- almost to the point of sleeping. She didn't like the cold wet towel though. That woke her up! The boys all reacted about the same. Later all the pups are weighted to make sure they are gaining. The whelping box liner is changed, and another load of wash is started.

10/13/2001 Not much different today. Gabby got a bath! She is more comfortable spending longer periods away from the pups. It was a beautiful warm day, so Gabby had a bath, a bit of a trim and got to relax on the deck and dry off. She was anxious to check out her family when she got back inside. Her appetite is picking up, and she has plenty of milk. The lactating bitch should be fed 1.5 times maintenance for the first week, 2 times maintenance for the second, and 2 to 3 times maintenance amounts for the third week of lactation. I always keep milk replacer, bottles and feeding tubes on hand in case the mom doesn't have enough milk, and has trouble keeping up with the growing pups. I haven't needed to intervene. If the litter was so large, or the mom didn't have enough milk, besides the pups not thriving, the bitch would be in danger of Eclampsia. Eclampsia or Milk Fever is caused by a deficiency of calcium. Some people make the mistake of giving high doses of supplemental calcium to a pregnant bitch. This can backfire, and actually make them more prone to Eclampsia. Eclampsia can result in the death of the bitch if not treated.

On to October 14th. (A picture album)

Things to think about now... bringing your curly pup home and early socialization

2001 Pedigree

Those First Weeks at SoftMaple & The Bio Sensor method of early puppy stimulation

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Your Curlies General Health (ears/eyes/teeth,etc)

CH SoftMaple's O'Dark Thirty SH WCX CD CGC CR-536G27M-T OFA cardiac, CERF (Jet) to CH Charwin Evensong WCX JH CGC CR-CA22/41F/C CR-480F35F CERF (Gabby)

Puppies born 10/8/2001 ~ 10/9/2001
4 black girls, 3 liver girls, 2 black boys, 2 liver boys.

(10/8 - 10/9) Countdown, and the pups are born
(10/10 - 10/11) dewclaws, loss of liver girl
(10/12 - 10/13) Bio Sensor pictures
(10/14) A picture album
Week Two
Week three
11/3/2001: Puppy picture page. Puppies at play, and close up shots.
BARF Diet?
Week Four
What's in a Name?
Week 5
All the pups 11/7/2001
Week 6
11/14/2001 A puppy outing
The puppies go on a picnic!
11/15/2001 Toys! Toys! Toys!
November 15th Wing pictures
Dinner in jail! Crates for your curlies
11/16/2001 grooming your curly pup
Week 7
What is a temperament test?
All the pups, Stacked photos 11/21/2001
11/21/2001 Water Water Everywhere!
11/22/2001 Happy Thanksgiving!
11/23/2001 First Shots
11/25/2001 Splish Splash! First Bath!

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