2. HEAD HELD ERECT - Using both hands, the Cavachon puppy 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.

5. THERMAL STIMULATION - Use a damp towel that has been cooled in a refrigerator. Place the Cavachon puppy on the towel, feet down. Do not restrain it from moving. (See my notes below.) 
Time of stimulation 3-5 seconds.

Progressive Breeders and Bio Sensory Training for Puppies!

Super Dog - Bio-Sensor

Bio Sensory Training for Dogs

Early Socialization of The Monarchy’s Cavachon Puppies

The U.S. Military developed a program in the 1970's called "Bio Sensor." (Became publiclyknown and is often referred to as the "Super Dog" Program or Bio-Sensory Training for Dogs.) The program was developed to improve the performance of dogs used for military purposes. 

The basic premise of the program is that early neurological stimulation exercises could affect the performance of the dog. The Army's research revealed that early stimulation of the puppy from the 3rd day through the 16th day influence rapid neurological growth and development. 

Bio-Sensor Practiced by The Monarchy:  We incorporate the Bio-Sensor or Super Dog Program into our Cavachons’ socialization and temperament development regimen. The Bio Sensor program easily fits into our established puppy rearing process and supports our values. This does not replace our early socialization program.

Bio-Sensory Training for Dogs improves the development of the puppy's neurological systems by early stimulation and stress. Five benefits have been observed in dogs that were exposed to the Bio Sensor stimulation exercises:

  • Improved Cardiovascular Performance, 
  • Stronger Heart Beats, 
  • Stronger Adrenal Glands, 
  • More Tolerance to Stress, and 
  • Greater Resistance to Disease. 

Below are the six Bio Sensor exercises designed to stimulate the neurological system of the puppy. I have incorporated these exercises into our daily puppy routine. Each puppy is put through the following exercises once daily: 

1. TACTILE STIMULATION - Holding the Cavachon puppy in one hand, the handler gently stimulates the pup between the toes on any one foot using a Q-tip.  Time of stimulation 3 - 5 seconds.

  • Integrity

    A good breeder should be honest and up front.  They should be able to answer your questions knowledgeably and be candid about their breeding program and the Cavachons they breed. They will have a reputation for dealing with problems professionally, and honoring their contracts.  They will encourage you to seek feedback from every source, not just the ones they provide.

  • Socialization of the Puppies and Bio Sensor Exercises

    It is commonly held that puppies should not be released before they have reached 8 weeks of age.  A good breeder will be concerned about the puppy’s socialization, both with humans of all ages and with dogs, other puppies and other animals.  As breeders, we also employ a series of of 'bio-sensory' exercises starting on 'Day 3' and continue with these very special exercises for several weeks. These very early 'sensory' exercises are depicted below (scroll down).   Another type of sensory exploration we utilize can be explained by the phrase: 'the rule of 7's.'  As puppies are weaned by their mother, we expose them over the next several weeks to:  7 different surfaces, 7 different sounds, 7 different scents/odors, 7 different people from different backgrounds, 7 new environments in the home and yard, 7 different tastes, etc.  This period is thought to be critical in the puppy’s development.  A good breeder will expose the puppies carefully, so as to not risk bringing in infectious diseases.  Families want a happy, confident puppy that is well adjusted.

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Choosing a Good Breeder

Cavachons from The Monarchy 
100 Maybrook Road
Holland, MA 01521
413-893-9012 or 413-455-4374

Cavachons from The Monarchy

3. HEAD POINTED DOWN - Hold the Cavachon puppy 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.

4. SUPINE POSITION - Hold the puppy so that its back is resting in the palm of both hands with its muzzle facing the ceiling. 
Time of stimulation 3-5 seconds.

Barbara "...It has been shown that breeders should be guided by the rule that it is generally considered prudent to guard against under and over stimulation...  During their first two months of life, a conservative approach would be to expose them to children, people, toys and other animals on a regular basis. Handling and touching all parts of their anatomy is also a necessary part of theirlearning which can be started as early as the third day of life. Pups that are handled early and on a regular basis generally do not become hand-shy as adults."
- Dr. Carmen L. Battaglia, Comments on Early Neurological Stimulation


Genetic tests are not required for every possible genetic disorder. In fact, special testing does not exist for some of the genetic faults.  However, the adult breeding dogs should be examined  by specialists for any genetic fault that the purebred dog is known for.  A good breeder will absolutely have no issues with producing these reports.  The breeder should follow the AKC guidelines for recommended tests by breed.  

For example, the Mitral Valve disorder must be ruled out, for Cavaliers.

Breed Requirements in terms of testing for the Cavalier King Charles include Eye examination by a board certified Ophthalmologist, annually until 5 years old, every two years until 9 years old; Patellar Luxation,  examination annually, Congenital Cardiac Disease, examination performed by a Board-Certified Cardiologist, annually and examination for Hip Dysplasia after 2 years of age.

Breed Requirements in terms of testing for the Bichon include Eye examination by a board certified Ophthalmologist, annually until 5 years old, Patellar Luxation, examination annually; and examination for Hip Dysplasia after 2 years of age.

We are proud to utilize the services of the following professionals.

Nancy Morris, DVM, DACVIM-C       
Massachusetts Veterinary Cardiology Services, Inc.  
305 Suffield Street 
Agawam, MA  01001

Dr. Isabel Jurk, MS/VM, Dipl. ACVO 

Animal Eye Care of New England

14 Sandy Lane

Whately, MA  01373

Barbara Boudreau, DVM,  
VCA Palmer Animal Hospital
1028 Thorndike Street
Palmer, MA  01069

  • Health warranty

A good warranty is a pre-existing agreement between an owner and a breeder that should state clearly what is covered and how restitution should be made. When things go wrong and emotions run high, it's important for each party to know what to do, what to expect - and to have already agreed upon it as fair.

A good breeder will have a comprehensive health warranty that will cover two years (which is long enough to know if a pup has problems). These warranties should not be contingent upon returning your dog for a refund  - no one should have to return a pup.  Most will cover expenses up to the cost of the pup, once Vet records or radiologist's report have been provided.

  • Accessibility

A good breeder will always be accessible to you for the life of the dog.  They will be there to support you even if a problem arises and he/she will stand by their contract and be happy to do so!