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
· 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, whined 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 sound when stressed.
Socialization Before Final Vaccinations:
Socializing a puppy before it has been fully immunized can be a scary dilemma for new puppy parents. While it is very important to start socializing the puppy right away, there is still the fear of exposing your new puppy to illnesses or deadly diseases.
As experiences during the first year of a dog’s life make all the difference to future temperament and character, taking the time to socialise your puppy can result in a friendly adult dog that enjoys the company of people, can be taken anywhere and lives life to the fullest.
The socialization period is a developmental stage of all puppies that lasts from 3 weeks through approximately 16 weeks, sometimes a little longer. This is the time in the pup's life when he is most open to new experiences, exploring the world, and learning what is safe and what is not. If a puppy is exposed to all manner of people, dogs, noises, smells, sights, sounds, surfaces to walk on, and so on during this period, he is much more likely to be happy and confident as he matures.
But.....you know that your puppy is not fully protected until his 16 week vaccines, and that there is some worrisome overlap with his critical socialization period. So how can a puppy owner protect their puppy and provide the socialization that is vital to building a confident and well-balanced canine without putting him at unnecessary risk of illness? With caution and creativity! Keep in mind that there is no way to be 100% sure your puppy will not get parvo - you could bring it into the house on your own feet. However, the risk of parvo with careful socialization is much lover than the risk of serious behaviour problems with no socialization. Here are some general guidelines to safe socialization.
The AVSAB Puppy Socialization Position Statement
This statement from the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviour hopes to increase awareness of the need for socialization in puppies and raise the issue of how vaccination protocols affect the socialization process in puppy classes.
We still have very mixed feeling when it comes to attending a puppy class prior to being fully immunized and really feel that there are may other things that you can do to still effectively socialize a puppy. It is worth noting that these classes can still be very beneficial, and we really do recommend them as soon as the first vaccinations are completed at 10 weeks old and a week has elapsed (chances are in the 90 percentile that the puppy will be fully immunized, but would really like it confirmed with a titer test prior to attending). At eleven weeks, this still allows for at least five weeks for the puppy to enjoy some puppy classes on top of all the socialization that you have already started.