• Meaghan Davenport

What is Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS)

Updated: Dec 26, 2021

The purpose of #ENS is to strengthen the puppies emotional responses to auditory and physical stimulation. Similar to a new born baby, a puppies neurological system is experiencing rapid growth during the first two weeks of life which makes this period prime for ENS.



1. #Tactile #Stimulation: the puppy is “tickled” between the foot pads on any one foot with a Q-Tip (3-5 seconds)

2. Head Erect: the puppy is held perpendicular to the ground with both hands, orienting its head above its tail (3-5 seconds)

3. Head Down: the puppy is held perpendicular to the ground with both hands, orienting its tail above its head (3-5 seconds)

4. Supine: the puppy rests with its back in the palms of both hands, with its nose oriented toward the ceiling (3-5 seconds) 5. Thermal Stimulation: a damp towel is placed in fridge for at least 5 minutes; place puppy on towel on all fours and do not restrain movement (3-5 seconds)



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