ENS stands for Early Neurological Stimulation. As a responsible breeder of Shih Tzu puppies, I use the ENS protocol with all of my litters because it is very beneficial in regards to newborn puppy development. ENS helps to improve heart and adrenal performance by stimulating the endocrine system. Early Neurological Stimulation also helps to create stress tolerant puppies that have a greater disease resistance. Furthermore, puppies that take part in ENS protocols are more willing to explore than their counterparts that didn’t receive Early Neurological Stimulation.
Carmen Bataglia is the pioneer responsible for creating ENS protocols. The ENS program was originally put together to enhance performance in military dogs. The “Super Dog Program” or The “Bio Sensor program” are some early terms used to describe ENS protocols.
There are five steps in the ENS procedure. Breeders perform the five steps from the third day of birth until day 16. The procedure is done once a day for approximately 3-5 seconds per step. It is imperative not to put too much stress or handle newborn puppies too often during this vulnerable stage of development. The ENS activity is usually kept short and to the point.
Five Steps of ENS
- Hold the puppy’s head up.
- Gently hold the puppy’s head down
- Hold the puppy on his/her back.
- Set puppy belly down on a cool towel.
- Gently rub in between the puppy’s toes.
To sum things up, Early Neurological Stimulation is just another stepping stone that I use in my responsible breeding program to help create bulletproof puppies. After all, I am partially responsible for bringing these puppies into the world. It is my ethical duty to do everything in my power to give each puppy the very best start in life. I owe this to my Shih Tzu puppies and my future puppy owners.