1. Tactile Stimulation
While embracing the Labrador Retriever puppy in one hand, the pup is gently stimulated between the toes on any foot using a cotton swab. The stimulation lasts for 3 to 5 seconds. It is not important that the puppy react in a visible manner, rather the sensation triggers brain reaction to the stimuli. We repeat this process twice a day.
2. Positional Puppy Holds
Head held erect- The puppy is held perpendicular to the ground, so that its head is directly above its tail as if standing.
Head pointed down- The little Lab puppy is reversed and is pointed downward so that the head is pointed towards the ground.
Supine position- Lastly the Labrador is held so that its back is resting in the palm of both hands with its face looking toward the ceiling. The puppy is allowed to struggle for just a few seconds while being held firmly but gently in this position.
3. Thermal Stimulation
The Labrador Retriever puppy is placed on a cool towel that has been chilled in the refrigerator. The position of the puppy is belly and paws down, so that they rest gently on the towel. The Lab puppy is allowed to move about on the cold stimulus and experience the sensation of the different temperature on his or her skin for no more than 5 seconds. After this is finished the puppy is placed quickly back into his pen with his mother and litter mates.