3 DIY Dog Pumpkin Treats

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Fall is synonymous with pumpkin around here, so my sister and I couldn’t resist making three different DIY pumpkin treats for our dogs.  All of these are so simple and our dogs think they are irresistible!  All photos are  by my super talented sister,  Alice G Patterson Photography.

homemade pumpkin treats for dogs on white pumpkin plate , Daily Dog Tag - Fall Treats for Dogs

Pumpkin can be a great digestive aid for dogs and cats.   The first “recipe” is one of the easiest treats you can make.  Simply open a can of pumpkin (NOT PIE FILLING) and scoop out into ice cube trays. pumpkin-treats-for-dogs, organic pumpkin, pumpkin mold

To help get in the spirit, we used a fun candy mold similar to this one.

plastic mold for Halloween treats pumpkin-treats-for-dogs, Organic pumpkin, treat molds filling mold for pumpkin-treats-for-dogs, Freeze until solid.  You can store them in a plastic container or freezer bag.  

black Pomeranian sitting on deck waiting to eat, pumpkin treats for dogs Daily Dog Tag - Fall Treats for Dogs

Darla, my sister’s Pomeranian,  the official taste tester for this shoot, loved her job!

The second recipe is a little more involved but still falls under the “VERY EASY” category.  These pumpkin balls have only a few ingredients are perfect for my allergy prone dog, Nelly.

Pumpkin Oatmeal treats for dogs, Daily Dog Tag - Fall Treats for Dogs

I found the recipe for  No Bake Pumpkin Oat Dog Treats by Two Little Cavaliers. They are perfect as a food topper, treat, or a pill pocket.    You can make them whatever size you like.  

Pomeranian wearing plaid bandana pumpkin treat food toppers | Daily Dog Tag - Fall Treats for Dogs

As you can see, I was making them for two different sized dogs, or possibly I was distracted.   All of  our dogs, as well as my cat, love these pumpkin oat treats.

Darla was particularly excited by the third pumpkin treat.  Black Pomeranian wearing black, yellow, red plaid bandanaDaily Dog Tag - Fall Treats for Dogs

I know it looks like she’s ignoring the squirrel, but the truth is she’s just waiting for her okay signal.  (She’s a very good dog!) The final recipe is slightly more involved, but worth it!  This recipe calls for only three ingredients:  pumpkin, peanut butter, and flour.  I used rice flour because Nelly is sensitive to wheat. 

Fall treats for dogs, DIY pumpkin treats, cookie cutter dog treats

You can find the recipe here.   I made large cookies for the fun factor as well as smaller ones for convenience.  Because my dogs are little, they shouldn’t have a whole cookie at once.  These are fairly soft and are easy to tear into smaller pieces.   As anyone who has made a batch of roll out cookies knows, it can be tiresome to complete a full batch.  After I made about 10 nicely shaped cookies, I switched to my own method.  I rolled out the dough, and then cut it with a knife into rows.  I cut it again perpendicularly to make small square treats.

pumpkin tray with DIY homemade pumpkin treats for dogs

To learn more about the nutritional benefits and dangers of pumpkins for dogs, check out this post from Fidose of Reality.

Follow Alice Patterson on Instagram to see more of her photography.

If you want to jump on the pumpkin bandwagon, but don’t have time or energy to make these simple treats, you might want to try Fruitables.

About Alice G Patterson Photography:  Based in Syracuse, New York, Alice specializes in photography for small businesses (products as well as portraits), senior portraits and dog photography.

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Happy Tails: Toby the Shih Tzu/Chihuahua Mix

Some things are better now than they used to be — like senior portraits.  Among other interests,  Savannah’s love for Toby the Shih Tzu/Chihuahua mix shows in her senior portrait session with Anjeanette Illustration Photography.

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 From Anjeanette:  “I met up with Theatre major to be Savannah, and her little dog too, at the Historic Palace Theatre with her dazzling smile on a Tennessee sun-drenched afternoon!  At the time we were taking pictures Savannah was preparing for her school production of Grease.  However,   the most important part of her senior portrait session was including her furry baby Toby in some of her portraits.

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Toby is hilarious; he looks like a miniature dark gray and brown Wookie, and I swear he can cock one eyebrow and roll his eyes.

Shih Tzu/Chihuahua mix sitting in grass, dog looks like small wookieHe was the perfect model although I suspect silent judgment- just kidding. Savannah is one of those charismatic people who instantly makes you smile and laugh. We met at church through the youth program she is actively involved in, and where her mama mentors my daughter in a small group!

high school senior holding Shih Tzu Chi mix outside She has a great personality, an expressive demeanor, and a wonderful smile.  She’s confident, both when chatting about school and life, and even when she’s standing by herself in the middle of a field getting her photo taken waving to parade style to passersby.”

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From Savannah:  “Toby Underhill was born on May 28, 2013.  He is a three-year-old Shih Tzu and Chihuahua mix.  A girl who attends church with us told me about the puppies.  She said that she wasn’t sure what she was going to do with them. I didn’t care much because I just wanted a friend. I have a deep love for all dogs, so I knew whoever I ended up with, I’d love.  Six weeks passed and the time came to get my pup. That day, I got a text from the girl letting me know there was only one left.  She said he was the runt that no one cared for.

Shih Tzu Chihuahua yawning, senior girl holding small dog

From the moment I saw his little face, I was in love with him. There’s no smell quite like puppy breath. Not to mention the smell of waffle syrup he always had as a pup. From day one, Toby became my best friend. Although he seems antisocial and rude to others, he is very loving.

anjeanette-illustration-senior-portraits-with-dog-9-of-8 He has, by far, the biggest personality I’ve seen on such a small dog. I never knew a dog could have so many facial expressions until I met him. He squints, scowls, smiles, and shows many other human expressions.

high school senior girl, red top, long curly brown hair, holding small dog in woods, Toby has been through high school with me enduring prom pictures, senior portraits, as well as all of my obsessive Snapchat pictures.

High school senior holding Chihuahua mix, on location senior portraits with dog

He’s become so popular in our hometown that he even has his own Twitter (@tobyunderhill13). I’m not embarrassed at all to say my dog is my best friend. In fact, I encourage everyone to find one for themselves.”

Follow Anjeanette Illustration Photography on Facebook to see more of her work. Anjeanette Illustration is also on Instagram.

About Anjeanette Illustration Photography:  Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Anjeanette specializes in wedding photography and senior portraits.

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Dog Training Tips: Why Positive Reinforcement Training Is Best

Today’s post is by guest contributor Amber Kingsley.   This information is not intended to refute, replace or serve as a substitute for information gained from a licensed professional.  

Remember when we were little kids and our parents told us that if we were good boys and girls, we’d be sure to get presents from Santa Claus. When Christmas arrived, sure enough, there were gifts under the tree for us. In a way, this is how positive reinforcement works, a reward for good behavior.


Although most dogs aren’t likely to want to wait for December 25th to receive a reward, these techniques are still successful tools when it comes to training. In some cases teaching an animal certain behaviors could save their lives, keeping them away from wild animals or stopping them from going into the street, depending on if you come from a rural or suburban environment.


Good and Bad


Remember to use positive reinforcement techniques wisely, so you’re not baiting your dog or bribing them to perform certain behaviors. It’s also important to know when to use treats or praise at the time that will produce the best results.


For example, if your dog is habitually barking at noises outside and you let him outside each and every time he barks, you are rewarding him with access to the yard for this often unwanted and noisy behavior. Instead, try training him to stop barking and reward him with a treat or affection when he has done as he was told.


Patience and Shaping


You must be patient when you’re training, and you can use shaping behaviors to get the final result you’re seeking. Let’s say you’re teaching your dog to shake hands with you. First, he may simply raise his paw off the ground. Then you can work your way up to getting him to raise it higher until his foot reaches your hand.


Getting your dog to be their best possible self is possible through the use of positive training methods. Check out this infographic on “30 Positive Reinforcement Training Tips For Your Pet.” Remember that animals are just as responsive to love and affection as they are to treats. 

Positive Reinforcement Training for Dogs-Infographic by Amber Kingsley

Amber Kingsley is a freelance journalist and member of a pet enthusiast/animal lover group in her city of Santa Monica who has donated countless hours supporting her local shelter within operations and outreach.  She has spent most of her research writing about animals; food, health, and training.

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Happy Tails: Rudy The Weimaraner-Lab Mix

These studio shots from Mandy Whitley Photography are some of my favorites.  Rudy is a Weimaraner-Labrador Retriever mix, and he is so expressive.

Weimaraner/Lab mix, dog-on-blue-pillows

From Rudy’s human:  “Rudy just turned nine years old, and I adopted him when he was 12 weeks old.  Rudy loves riding in the car and long walks.

Weimaraner/Lab mix-in-blue-tub, Nashville dog photographer Looking at these photographs it is easy for others to see how important Rudy is to our family.   We love these photos!

black-dog-in-red-wagon, Nashville studio dog photographerblack-dog-climbing-green-stool, Mandy Whitley, Nashville dog photographerLab mix, black dog wearing crown, studio pet photography, Mandy Whitley Some are whimsical and some are peaceful.

handsome black dog in studio, Weimaraner/Lab mix, Nashville dog photographySomehow, Mandy perfectly captured his personality and all his moods and we wanted to order every print in the collection.”

weim-lab-mix, handsome black dog lying on white cushion, Nashville dog photography, Mandy Whitley
Every time I look at photos like these, I can’t help but think how they will just become more precious in time.  If you’ve been thinking that you want to get some professional portraits of your dog, I hope you will.   Many professional photographers offer gift certificates and it is not too early to start dropping hints!


You can see more of Mandy’s dog photography by following Mandy Whitley Photography on Facebook.  Follow Mandy Whitley Photography on Instagram too for even more dog love!

About Mandy Whitley Photography:  Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Mandy specializes in portraits of dogs and their people.

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Happy National Pug Day!   I hope you enjoy this cute fall engagement shot with Homer the Pug from Anjeanette Illustration Photography.   Be sure to check out our upcoming events for fun Pug events throughout the next few weeks. 

From Anjeanette: “Homer the Pug brought his people to a rich, fall color engagement session to celebrate their upcoming wedding!  We met up at the private home of one of Matt’s favorite customers and were delighted by the view of the rolling Tennessee hills, as well as a visit from a black and white cow.  Homer is pretty fond of his folks and so happy they recently became an official family!”

Pug, save the date fall engagement session with dog, fetching

From Grace:  “Homer is an 8-year-old fawn Pug that lives in Hendersonville, TN. He is always happy to pose for a picture as long as a treat is involved! Homer wasn’t quite sure what to think of the new man in his Mom’s life at first, but he has quickly fallen in love with his new Dad! He couldn’t wait to be a part of their wedding ceremony in June 2016!”

Follow Anjeanette Illustration Photography on Facebook to see more of her work.

About Anjeanette Illustration Photography:  Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Anjeanette specializes in wedding photography and senior portraits.

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Since it is Pit Bull Awareness Month, and unfortunately people seem to think BSL is worthwhile, I had to include this post. Be warned, is heart-breaking and you will cry, but I think it is beautifully written and worth reading:  Today Is The Day.

Give the holidays some Pug Love with these adorable greeting cards.

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National Pug Day will always make think of my sister’s sweet Pug Lulu.


Upcoming Events

October 15 Dogs For Dystonia, Marion IA

October 15 LA Pug Meet Up, Los Angeles, CA

October 15 Silver Paws Under The Stars, Hoffman Estates, IL

October 16 Angels With Tails Adoption Event, Chicago, IL

October 15-16 Bay Area Pet Fair, San Rafael, CA

October 22 Richmond DogFest, Richmond, VA

October 23  Sweat For Pets, Walk, Run, & Roll, Tucson, AZ

October 23 Pug-O-Ween, Grapevine, TX

October 23  Kooky and Ooky Family Reunion, Chicago, IL

October 30 Pet Pride Day, San Francisco, CA

November 5 Pugs Giving, Kissimmee, FL

November 18 The PAWS Chicago Fur Ball, Chicago, IL 

December 16-18 Best Friends Super Adoption Weekend, New York, NY

If you have an event that you would like to be listed here, please email rescue(at) dailydogtag dot com.








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