Dogs Unknown

Canine Life Stages: Common Nurture Mistakes

April 07, 2022 Brian Burton and Sarah Fraser Season 2 Episode 2
Dogs Unknown
Canine Life Stages: Common Nurture Mistakes
Show Notes

Today we have Sarah Fraser back to talk about the common pitfalls and things overlooked during the different phases of your dog’s life; we cover puppyhood, adolescence, adulthood, and the golden senior years. If you have a young dog, you’ll want to listen to the entire episode. If you have an older dog, you can see the timestamps for the various stages in the episode notes below, but it certainly is helpful to listen to these earlier stages and reflect on you and your dog's time during these years.

If you would like to learn more about life stages and how other areas of your dog’s nature can shape how you best nurture them, you can register for our Nature-Driven Nurture course, which can be purchased at and includes a private Facebook group and bi-weekly drop-in QAs for additional support with Brian Burton, Sarah Fraser, and occasionally owners/trainers of the various Instinct locations.

Sarah is Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Instinct Dog Training and has a Master’s degree in animal behavior from Hunter College at the City University of New York.

Note: We will also upload the video recording on our Youtube Channel here:

Episode Timestamps:

04:16 Puppyhood

34:19 Adolescence 

52:00 Adulthood

1:05:04 Senior Dogs


Nature-Driven Nurture Course:

Puppy Resources

6 Reasons Your Puppy Is Biting You:

How to Potty Train Your Puppy:

AVSAB Position Statement on Puppy Socialization:

Adolescence Resources

Navigating Adolescence:

DogLab episode “The Teenage Dog”:

Adult Dogs:

Interaction Between Medication Issues and Behavior:

Senior Dog Resources

Instinct Programs for Senior Dogs:

AAHA Pain Management Review: