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Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS): Nurturing Healthy Beginnings for Our Golden Retrievers


At Classic Heritage Golden Retrievers, we believe that the foundation for a happy, healthy, and well-adjusted puppy begins long before they find their forever home. That's why we're proud to implement Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS) as part of our breeding program. Join us as we explore the importance of ENS and how it shapes the development of our beloved Golden Retrievers.

Understanding Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS):

Early Neurological Stimulation, often referred to as the "Super Dog" program, is a series of gentle, tactile exercises designed to stimulate and enhance neurological development in newborn puppies. Developed by Dr. Carmen L. Battaglia, ENS involves specific handling techniques performed during the puppy's first few weeks of life, when their neurological system is rapidly developing.

The Five Stimuli of ENS:

ENS consists of five primary stimuli, each designed to provide mild stress to the puppy's neurological system, triggering beneficial responses that promote resilience and adaptability. These stimuli include:

1. Tactile Stimulation: Gentle rubbing of the puppy's body with a soft cloth simulates the sensation of being licked by the mother, encouraging early bonding and socialization.

2. Head Held Erect: Holding the puppy upright in a position that promotes balance and coordination helps develop muscle tone and spatial awareness.

3. Thermal Stimulation: Placing the puppy on a cool surface for a brief period followed by warmth stimulates circulation and thermoregulation, essential for maintaining body temperature.

4. Early Neurological Stimulation: Gently stimulating the puppy's paws with a Q-tip or similar object helps develop proprioception and fine motor skills.

5. Supine Position: Holding the puppy on its back for a short duration encourages relaxation and trust while promoting confidence and adaptability.

The Benefits of ENS:

Implementing ENS during the critical neonatal period offers a myriad of benefits for the developing puppy, including:

- Enhanced Neurological Development: By stimulating the puppy's neurological system, ENS promotes the growth and maturation of neural pathways, resulting in improved cognitive function and sensory perception.

- Increased Resilience: Exposing puppies to mild stressors early in life helps build resilience and adaptability, enabling them to better cope with new experiences and challenges as they mature.

- Improved Health and Immunity: ENS has been shown to enhance the puppy's immune response and overall health, reducing the risk of disease and promoting longevity.

- Enhanced Socialization: By promoting early bonding and socialization, ENS lays the groundwork for healthy relationships with humans and other animals, fostering well-adjusted and confident puppies.

Our Commitment to Excellence:

At Classic Heritage Golden Retrievers, we're dedicated to providing our puppies with the best possible start in life. By incorporating Early Neurological Stimulation into our breeding program, we ensure that each puppy receives the care and attention they need to thrive. From their earliest days to the moment they join their new families, our puppies are nurtured with love, compassion, and a commitment to excellence.


Early Neurological Stimulation is more than just a series of exercises; it's a testament to our dedication to the well-being and development of our Golden Retrievers. By investing in the early neurological health of our puppies, we're laying the groundwork for a lifetime of happiness, health, and companionship. Contact us today to learn more about our breeding program and how you can welcome a Classic Heritage Golden Retriever into your family. Together, let's create a legacy of love and excellence that lasts for generations to come.

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