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  • Writer's pictureHeidi Bogue

The Vital Role of Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS) in Puppies: Insights from Creekside Labradors

Hello, and welcome back to the Creekside blog! Today, we're delving into a subject that's a cornerstone of our breeding philosophy: Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS). This practice is a crucial part of our approach to raising healthy, well-balanced, and resilient Labrador Retrievers. Let's explore what ENS is and why it's so important for the development of puppies.

newborn yellow lab puppy

Understanding Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS)

ENS, also known as the "Bio Sensor" program, involves exposing young puppies to a series of mild stimuli for brief periods. These exercises are conducted during a critical period of neurological growth - from the 3rd to the 16th day of life. The primary aim is to enhance the puppies' neurological development, setting a strong foundation for their future.

The Five ENS Exercises

1. Tactile Stimulation: Gently stimulating the puppy with a Q-tip between the toes to mimic the sensation of being licked by the mother.

2. Head Held Erect: Holding the puppy in a standard position with its head directly above its tail.

3. Head Pointed Down: Gently holding the puppy with its head pointed downward towards the ground.

4. Supine Position: Placing the puppy on its back in the palm of your hand.

5. Thermal Stimulation: Briefly placing the puppy on a cool, damp towel.

Each exercise lasts only 3-5 seconds, ensuring the experience is stress-free and safe for the puppies.

The Benefits of ENS for Labrador Puppies

1. Enhanced Development: ENS stimulates the neurological system, speeding up its development. This leads to quicker maturation and increased capacity for learning.

2. Greater Stress Tolerance: Puppies undergoing ENS are found to be more stress-resistant. They adapt better to challenging situations and are less likely to develop anxiety and fear-based behaviors.

3. Improved Immune System: Research suggests that ENS can lead to an improved immune system, making puppies more resilient to common health issues.

4. Better Problem-Solving Skills: These puppies often exhibit enhanced problem-solving skills, making them more trainable and responsive.

5. Calmer Response to Handling: Regular handling during ENS results in puppies that are more accustomed to human touch and are generally calmer during veterinary exams or grooming.

Implementing ENS at Creekside Labradors

At Creekside, we implement ENS with the utmost care and attention. Our experienced team ensures that each puppy receives the full benefits of this program, tailoring the exercises to each puppy's response and comfort level.

A Lifelong Impact

The effects of ENS are not just limited to early puppyhood; they extend into the dogs' adult lives. Dogs that have undergone ENS tend to be more adaptable, confident, and well-equipped to handle the varied experiences life may throw their way.

Our Commitment to Healthy, Happy Labs

Our commitment to practices like ENS reflects our broader dedication to raising Labradors that are not only physically healthy but also mentally and emotionally well-adjusted. We believe these early interventions play a significant role in shaping the lives of these wonderful dogs.


We hope this post has offered valuable insights into the importance of Early Neurological Stimulation and its role in our breeding practices at Creekside. Stay tuned for more updates and tips on raising healthy, joyful Labs! 🐾

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