About Rebekah

Hi! My name is Rebekah Olsen and I’m a freelance writer and dog enthusiast.

I volunteered to write this blog as a way to help raise awareness for rescuing pets through Dogs 2nd Chance Rescue, but even in the first few weeks of our launch, other rescues have found solace and advice in the words on this site, and so we welcome all rescues, volunteers and pet lovers to follow along and contribute.

If you’d like to read more about how I was inspired to create this blog, click here.

In this blog you’ll find four main topics: Foster, Adopt, Training, and Happy Tails. My goal is to make the transition for those adopting or fostering rescues an easy one. This site is also for those who are involved in pet rescue efforts. We all need a place where we can vent, cry, laugh and feel connected with others who share the same passion and love for dogs that we do.

I am not an expert on dog training or care, but I do extensive research as a contributing writer for Nashville Paw magazine in Nashville, Tenn. and other publications around the Mid-South. My suggestions on training, are simply that, suggestions, and they are usually a positive reinforcement method that has worked for me. I hope you will be able to find guidance or even just a little bit of happiness in these words. If you have any questions or comments for me, feel free to e-mail me at rsolsen29@gmail.com.


With smiles,

Rebekah Olsen



About this Blog

Welcome to Dogs 2nd Chance Rescue Blog!

I would greet you in the normal fashion that our furry friends do, but since a computer is separating us, I’ll have to settle with a simple hello.

Dogs 2nd Chance is a 501(c)3 nonprofit group that was founded in 2007 with the purpose of finding permanent, loving homes for medium and large mixed breed dogs; however, our group of volunteers are so loving that they can’t resist a dog in need, so now we accept dogs of any size!

Each rescued castaway becomes a part of our home so we can (re)introduce them to what a loving and caring household is like. They become a temporary member of our family, and the socialization and training they receive prepare them for their forever home.

Most of our dogs were abandoned, dumped, or found running stray. Each one has a different beginning, but that’s what makes them both unique and lovable.

The purpose of this blog is to provide tips on fostering, adopting, and training so that your experience with Dogs 2nd Chance Rescue group is a seamless one. We want to provide a lifetime support for all of our pups’ forever families.

We also love to share inspiring and successful adoption stories! In our Happy Tails, you can read about the adventures of our castaways and see for yourself how rewarding rescuing a dog can be.

Finally, we hope to raise awareness and support for our cause. We depend on our adoption fees and donations to provide for the castaways during their transition.

Volunteers are what holds us together, but funding keeps us moving forward.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, or if there is something you’d like to see here on our blog that I haven’t provided. Feedback and suggestions are always welcomed.

Donate to The Dogs 2nd Chance Rescue Fund

Donate once or monthly. Even a small donation helps.

With smiles,

Rebekah Olsen

Your Dog’s Whining Decoded

dog's whining decoded

By vetstreet.com
By Mikkel Becker

Q. What does it mean when my dog whines — and how can I stop it?

A. At my house we affectionately call our Pug Willy Whiner. As a puppy, whenever he was tense, anxious or even excited, Willy whined. He whines less frequently now, because he has been trained not to, but when he does vocalize, whining is his go-to expression.

Dogs whine for a variety of reasons. Your dog may whine because he wants something or because he is excited. He may whine because he is apprehensive or anxious about something. A dog who is showing appeasement behavior may whine as part of his interaction with other dogs or people.

Dogs with separation anxiety may whine when you leave them, as well as engage in other behaviors, such as pacing, drooling and destruction at exit points. If your dog is exhibiting this type of behavior, talk with your veterinarian about training with a professional, and possibly medication, to help manage your dog’s anxiety.

Dogs whine for medical reasons as well, including pain and cognitive dysfunction syndrome. For this reason, it is important that you inform your veterinarian if you notice that your dog’s whining is associated with signs of pain or if you notice any behavior changes in your pet.

Identifying the Problem

The best way to handle whining is to identify the cause of the behavior and change your dog’s behavior through reward-based training. As with any situation where your dog is exhibiting heightened anxiety, punishment is not a useful training tool. If you punish your dog for whining, the vocalization may cease, but his anxiety will not change. In fact, it may very likely become worse, and your dog may respond in a more dangerous way, such as biting.

Read the rest of this article at VetStreet.com

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Can Dogs Eat Oranges and Other Citrus Fruits?

Can I feed my dog oranges?

t’s important to feed your dog a complete and balanced pet food. Treats, however, can account for up to 10% of their calories. From packaged snacks to select human foods, there are a lot of options to treat your pet. Practiced veterinarians, Dr. Marty Becker and Dr. RuthAnn Lobos, share their expertise on citrus fruits for your pup.


“Some fruits and vegetables are a low calorie way to give treats without expanding their waistline,” says Dr. Lobos, “They are a natural source of vitamin C, which is a great antioxidant.  They also have a high moisture content and can help to quench your dog’s thirst on a hot day.”


While they may seem harmless, these fruits can cause major damage.  “Grapes and raisins cause kidney failure and should be avoided as a treat for your dog,” shares Dr. Lobos. Be sure to check ingredient labels for raisins in baked goods as well like biscuits or cookies.


“Can he? Sure! Will he? Maybe, maybe not. Too much of a tasty thing might upset their stomachs, but the peeled fruit of the orange makes a safe treat in moderation for dogs who enjoy it. Be aware, however, that the plant the orange grows on is considered toxic to dogs. The peel and rind, while not toxic, will probably disturb their digestive system,” says Dr. Becker.


“Few dogs, if any- will eat grapefruit. It has a bitter taste they don’t enjoy. That said, while the plant it grows on is toxic, and the peel and rind will upset their stomach, the fruit of the grapefruit is safe for dogs to eat,” says Dr. Becker.


“Tangerines, like their cousins the orange and the mandarin orange, are safe for dogs to eat. Not all dogs enjoy them, but the peeled fruit can make a healthy treat as long as it’s fed in moderation,” adds Dr. Becker.


“Yes!” says Dr. Lobos, “Soy is a safe protein that provides essential amino acids, or building blocks for proteins in the dog’s body.  It is an ingredient that has been used in a variety of dog foods for many years.

How should I play with my dog?

How to Play with my Dog

Purposeful Playtime For Your Dog

Play is a natural and fun way to interact with your dog. Constructive playtime can be an important part of how your dog learns to relate with other dogs and people.

Enriching Your Dog’s Life

A session of purposeful play can introduce your dog to novelty and enrichment, like new smells, a variety of new textures, or new toys that can offer him unique and beneficial challenges when they’re not presented in an overwhelming manner.

Positive Stimulation

In addition, providing safe access to the sights, sounds and smells of the outdoors may stimulate a dog in a positive way.

Avoiding Overstimulation

Usually play is beneficial although play that’s too aggressive or that lasts for too long can lead to overstimulation. A good tip is to end a play session while your dog is still having a great time. This leaves him excited for his next session, rather than exhausted.

Finding fun and constructive ways to play with your dog is one of the best parts of being a dog owner.

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