Because our goal is to provide top quality pets for families, we do everything we can to help our puppies fulfill that role for your home.  Here at Rolling Acres Retrievers, we believe Early Neurological Stimulation, or ENS, is an important part of that process.  ENS consists of five neurological stimulation exercises done once a day from days 3 to 16.  Studies have shown that these exercises performed at exactly the right stage of post-birth neurological development help the puppy develop improved cardio vascular performance (heart rate), stronger heart beats, stronger adrenal glands, more tolerance to stress, and greater resistance to disease.  We have given you an overview of the exercises below, but for more information, please go to this AKC page.

Note: All exercise images and information below taken from

Early Neurological 


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Exercise 1

Tactile Stimulation – Holding the pup in one hand, the handler gently stimulates (tickles) the pup between the toes on any one foot using a Q-tip. It is not necessary to see that the pup is feeling the tickle. Time of stimulation 3 – 5 seconds.

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Exercise 2

Head Held Erect – Using both hands, the pup is held perpendicular to the ground, (straight up), so that its head is directly above its tail. This is an upwards position. Time of stimulation 3 – 5 seconds.

Exercise 3

Head Pointed Down – Holding the pup firmly with both hands the head is reversed and is pointed downward so that it is pointing towards the ground. Time of stimulation 3 – 5 seconds.

Exercise 4

Supine Position – Hold the pup so that its back is resting in the palm of both hands with its muzzle facing the ceiling. The pup while on its back is allowed to sleep. Time of stimulation 3-5 seconds. 

Exercise 5

Thermal Stimulation – Use a damp towel that has been cooled in a refrigerator for at least five minutes. Place the pup on the towel, feet down. Do not restrain it from moving. Time of stimulation 3-5 seconds.