BioSensor Training at
Marvels Standard Poodles
The success of your puppy starts here.
Biosensor training was discovered by the US military and is currently used in their military canine training program. Based on proven scientific data; only 35% of a dog’s performance is inherited. The balance - 65% is based on training, environment, management and nutrition. Biosensor Training effectively addresses that all-important 65%.
Fact: This method enhances brain development by increasing neural synapses (learning, intelligence and memory). Not only does it increase mental capacity, it also increases health and longevity. A more wholistic mind-body advantage. Comparison studies confirm that pups stimulated with BioSensor training have better health, greater intelligence, more confidence, calmer and more consistent temperaments than littermates who received no stimulation.
Fact: The training requires a HUGE commitment of time and energy that large breeders with multiple litters cannot possibly give without hiring extra help. Train new employees and monitor? How likely is that? I'm a small breeder because I love my poodles and want to make sure that their pups are the best representatives of the breed. This is my passion.
Please read more about why BioSensor training is the biggest gift a breeder can ever give to their puppies and to you, their future owners!
- Improved cardiovascular systems (heart and breathing rates)
- Stronger heart beats
- Stronger adrenal glands (hormonal function and stress tolerance)
- Stronger nervous systems (sensory integration and motor response)
- Stronger immune systems (resistance to virus, disease and cancer)
- Longer life spans
- More active
- More confident
- More apt to explore
- Better and more stable temperaments (innate nature and approach to life)
- Outperformed littermates in high intensity situations
- Pups also handled stressful situations with more calmness, less whining and made fewer errors in training
BioSensor Training & Methodology
- Phase 1: Early Neurological Stimulation (Day 3-16)
- Phase 2: Socialization Using the Rule of 7 (Week 3-16)
- Phase 3: Enrichment (No time limit-Covers puppy well into adulthood)
Early Neurological Stimulation
BioSensor Training: Methodology
Phase 1 involves five exercises that will produce neurological stimulations (brain activity), none of which naturally occur during the early life of the puppy. Below is a list of the different exercises with a description of each.
- Tactile Stimulation
Puppy held securely in hand, a cotton swab is rubbed between the toes of one foot for 3-5 seconds.
- Head Up Position
Puppy held securely with both hands so that the head is pointing upward for 3-5 seconds
- Head Down Position
While still holding the pup securely with both hands, puppy is turned so that the head is now pointing downward towards the floor for 3-5 seconds.
- Supine (cradle) Position
Puppy held on its back securely (tummy towards the ceiling) in my hands for 3-5 seconds.
- Thermal Stimulation
Puppy set (paws and tummy down) onto a damp, cool cloth that has been chilled in the refrigerator five minutes prior to the exercises for 3-5 seconds
Biosensor (Days 3 - 16) Demonstrated
Early Stimulation Exercises
Figure 1 Tactical stimulation
Red Boy made me laugh too! >>>>>>
Early Stimulation Exercises
Figure 2 Head held erect
Early Stimulation Exercises
Figure 3 Head pointed down
^^^^^ Scarlet keeping me in check!
<<<<< "Weee! Upside down is fun!
Early Stimulation Exercises
Figure 4 Figure Supine position
BioSensor is So Much Fun To Do!!!
Early Stimulation Exercises
Figure 5 Thermal stimulation
Phase 1 Environment
Controlled environment. Room temperature at 88* F, humidity at 55-60% for the first 4 days, then gradually decreasing temperature/humidity to 75*/50%. Quiet room with soft lighting keeps mama Scarlet calm and happy. Small syringes I could fill with water and give to Scarlet to ensure she stayed hydrated with the higher room temperature.
Rule of Seven Socialization
Biosensor Training Methodology
The Second phase, Socialization is critical to the puppies. Tests prove there is an extremely small window of 4-16 weeks. Without this controlled socialization, puppies are left with limited psychological and social development. Attempts to socialize after this critical window (during which their innate temperament is set), will produce only limited gains.
Training Exercises for Each Week
Socialization Activities Week 3 - (Days 17-21 )
- Neurological: pup can hear - introduce to sound with classical music turned on low volume
- Environmental enrichment - different textures, small stuffed animals
- Human interaction - focused handling, petting and talking softly with positive tone
- Small puppy collars
Socialization Activities Week 4 (Days 22-27)
- Environmental enrichment - toys, different surfaces to walk on, small crate to explore, low foot stool or aerobic step to climb
- First trip outside, weather allowing (indoors if not) - very brief and as a group
- Desensitize/Sound Conditioning - low volume radio and/or TV on during day
- Basic manners (no attention for paws up or barking)
- Introduce new toys with different textures/sounds
Socialization Activities Week 5 (Days 28-34)
- Continue week 4 activities
- Puppies allowed to explore outside the pen in small groups
- Desensitize/Sound Conditioning - recordings of babies crying, trains, crowds, traffic, etc played. Radio or TV on during day, bold human movements, different vocal sounds, sudden noises (knock, clap), Loud bangs made 4x/day when pups are sleeping, eating and playing, but NOT while they are looking at me or coming towards me.
- Introduction to older, safe, stable male dogs (Chief - 9yr neutered male Chesapeake Bay Retriever). This teaches pups a different perspective from the start.
- Lots of new experiences inside and outside the house
- More extended time outside
- Lots of human interactions, cuddling, focused handling, petting, playing
- Gentle restraint cradling on back
- Encourage “Sit” and eye contact for attention, only pick up if sitting
- “Three Stooges” play - handle ears, feet, tail, hugs, rough and tumble, ALWAYS with joyful verbal praise. Desensitizes ears, feet, tail touching -makes positive connections
- New toys introduced with different textures/sounds
Socialization Activities Week 6 (Days 35-41)
- Continue week 5 activities
- Fed individually in crates or next to me with my hands around food bowl
- Introduction to wading pool, 1” water
- Supervised interactions with other safe older dogs
- Play - Go through tunnels, and fetch games
- Desensitize/Sound Conditioning - increase sound conditioning with controlled exposure to all sorts of novel stimuli (vacuum, hair dryer, loud TV),
- Desensitize to objects - harness, padded steps (pups are top heavy and tend to tumble), strollers, wheelchairs, and children
- Brief one-on-one sessions for training and recalls
- Lots of people time cuddling, petting and "Three Stooges" play
- Visitation (as a group inside the puppy wagon) to nursing homes, outdoor malls, hardware stores, police and fire stations. *Pups have had 1st set vaccinations plus immunity from mothers milk
- Problem solving toys introduced and toy rotation
- Bite inhibition training
- Increased time outdoors
- Pups are introduced to the Following Response
- 5 minutes daily, each pup trained separately
- Outdoors, pup placed on grass, I walk away (10 feet) without speaking or looking, stop, face the pup, and wait quietly.
- Clap hands, move forward and back until pup sees me and approaches.
- Hold the pups head in my hands for 3-4 seconds, then repeat walk away slowly action.
- Repeated until pup follows whenever I walk away
Socialization Activities Week 7 (Days 42-55)
- Continue week 6 activities - including outings to nursing homes, outdoor malls, hardware stores, police and fire stations. Reinforce Follow Response with praise
- Increased solo opportunities to explore
- Identify pups that are less confident and provide more opportunities to gain confidence one on one.
- Puppy pool with more water, 2”
- Puppy pool with empty water bottles
- Hide and seek games - find the person
Socialization Activities Week 8 (Days 56-62)
- Continue week 7 activities - including outings to nursing homes, outdoor malls, hardware stores, police and fire stations. Reinforce Follow Response with praise.
- Introduction to very short individual walks wearing harness and lead
- The Rule of Seven, developed by Dr. Carmen Battaglia has been incorporated into the Biosensor training throughout.
By the end of week 8, puppies will have:
- Been on 7 different types of surfaces: carpet, tile, hardwood, linoleum, concrete, gravel, sand, dirt, grass, plywood and wood chips.
- Been in 7 different locations: living room, bathroom, car, front & back yard, garage, hallway, bathroom, laundry room, and veterinarian’s office.
- Eaten in 7 different locations: covered porch, garage, living room exercise pen, back yard, bathroom and laundry room.
- Eaten from 7 different containers: human hands, slurry ring dish, pie tin, plastic, ceramic bowl, elevated bowl, cardboard, cast iron skillet.
- Met and played with 7 new people: all ages, including someone in a wheelchair or walker, someone in uniform, someone wearing a hat.
- Been exposed to 7 Challenges: go up and down steps, go through a tunnel, play hide and seek, climb on a box, find a treat under a cup, go into a shallow wading pool, go in and out a doorway with a step up or down.
- Played with 7 different types of objects: rope toys, squeaky toy, small balls, large balls, sticks, soft fabric toys, and (safe) metal items.
Rule of Seven Socialization (Weeks 3 - 8) Demonstrated
Weeks 3 and 4: Introducing New:
- A New Enclosure
- Toys with new sounds/textures/scents
- Small puppy collars/object desensitization
- Different from eating surfaces
- First trip outdoors: new environment/surfaces/scents
- Sounds: classical music, tv, vacuum, household sounds
- Various surface textures to walk, eat, play and sleep on
- Potty area designated: different surface texture/scent
Environmental Enrichment: Pups get plenty of sunshine. First trip outdoors. Different textures and sounds in toys, surfaces, eating from, playing on. Open crate available and desensitize to noise playing classical music, tv, vacuum, door shutting. Focused handling and rough house play too!
Week 5-6: Introducing New:
- Continue week 3 - 4 activities - photos above
- Both Grooming and "Three Stooges" playing with praise - desensitizes ear, feet, tail, face touching (makes positive connections)
- Explore outside pen indoors and outdoors - environmental enrichment, new sights and smells. Go through tunnels and play fetch games
- Introduce to older stable male dog - teaches different perspective from start
Exploring outdoors - environmental enrichment, new challenges, sights and smells
Introducing the pups to an older, stable male dog - teaches different perspective from start.
Grooming: noise and tactile desensitization to hair/nail clippers, bathing, blow dryer, handling of feet, face and tail.
Environmental Enrichment: Exploring Indoors and Outdoors with Confidence!
Week 7-8: Introducing New:
- Continue week 3 - 6 activities - photos above
- Introduce harnesses - desensitization to objects
- Environmental Enrichment
Introduction to harness - Object desensitization
Environmental Enrichment - On snow pups are learning about different environments, temperatures and textures. Confident to play and explore!
Environmental Enrichment - On rocks and dirt - At first they are careful when transitioning to a new surface!
Environmental Enrichment - Sun and Sand - Tails up shows that pups are confident learning and exploring!
Environmental Enrichment - Sun and Cement - Confident pups have tails up and love to play on a new surface
Environmental Enrichment - Sun and Grass - Confident pups run and play on the wide open field!
Phase 3: Enrichment
The Enrichment phase has no time limit and covers a long period. From their time with me, transition to you and well into adulthood. The cumulative effect of each new, positive experience will help your puppy flourish into a happy and confident companion. Future training should be fun and positive to encourage a positive sum of experiences (enrichment). Be careful not to use harsh training methods. They are not necessary and will only break the bond of trust that is so lovingly and carefully built into each and every Marvels Standard Poodle pup.
- With BioSensor training, the proper environment , management and nutrition, your poodle will be an exceptional companion! -
*For more detailed information on BioSensor Training, I highly recommend reading "Early Neurological Stimulation" by Carmen L Battaglia from the Breeding Better Dogs website: