I purchased my first Australian Shepherd in 1983. She was a daughter of ASCA CH Jone's Reddy Teddy CDX OTD csd SCH HA. The Ruff-N-Reddy and Woods bred dogs strongly influenced the type of dogs I have today, and I have bred my 5th generation of Aussies. They are first and foremost working stockdogs. Also, they have very little copper and white. Roger and Kathy Stevens, of Pincie Creek Aussies, greatly influenced their dogs with the Ruff-N-Reddy/Woods-type Aussies, and added Hangin' Tree dogs, among other kennels. Several of my dogs came from Pincie Creek Aussies. My dogs are healthy and they work. They are also great family dogs.
Early Neurological Stimulation
All of our puppies go through early neurological stimulation. The program was developed by the U.S. Army and is called the Bio Sensor Program, also known as the Super Dog Program. We begin the program at 3 days of age and go through 16 days of age.
According to Dr. Carmen L. Battaglia:
Five benefits have been observed in canines that were exposed to the Bio Sensor stimulation exercises. The benefits noted were:
1. Improved cardio-vascular performance (heart rate)
2. Stronger heart beats,
3. Stronger adrenal glands,
4. More tolerance to stress, and
5. Greater resistance to disease.
In tests of learning, stimulated pups were found to be more active and were more exploratory than their non-stimulated litter mates over which they were dominant in competitive situations.
Secondary effects were also noted regarding test performance. In simple problem solving tests using detours in a maze, the non-stimulated pups became extremely aroused, whined a great deal, and made many errors. Their stimulated litter mates were less disturbed or upset by test conditions and when comparisons were made, the stimulated litter mates were more calm in the test environment, made fewer errors and gave only an occasional distress sound when stressed.
Source: "Early Neurological Stimulation"; Dr. Carmen L. Battaglia