Many breeders are using the early neurological stimulation recommended by Carmen Battaglia.
I've always handled my puppies a lot from in early life till they leave here, and I wondered if this protocol really makes a difference. Does this "stimulation" that Battaglia recommends have the most impact on puppies that are raised in more "commercial" circumstances where puppies are likely to get less handling during their early life? Our retriever dams don't mind us "fussing" with their puppies, but I recall a friend who bred Malamutes saying that her dams would not have been happy at all with her handling the pups as I do mine. Does this early stimulation protocol have greater impact on certain breeds where humans are less likely to handle pups early in life?
For example, when we clip toenails on puppies, are we already handling the feet/toes much the same as Battaglia recommends?
Food for thought ...