Flavorful Dog Liver Treats

If you've been looking for a new high value treat to try with your dog, dog liver treats are great - My dog 'Lady' goes crazy for them, I find that there perfect for training treats. Many people don't like the thought or look of liver, which I can understand liver may not be the prettiest dog treat you can make or buy - but trust me liver treats will be an instant hit, and it is inexpensive. Organ meat such as liver is always great to include in yours dog's diet. It helps boost their nutrient levels.

Three dogs waiting for their homemade liver treat

The Benefits of Dog Liver Treats

  • Liver contains 10 to 100 times the nutrients of muscle meat.
  • It has a large amount of vitamin A and iron.
  • Great source of protein.
  • It provides many B vitamins.
  • Liver contains omega-3, omega-6 and essential amino acids.
  • Liver is high in copper, an important nutrient that can be low in home-made diets.

Whilst liver is a wonderful food and a real favorite with most dogs, limit liver to 5% of your dogs total diet to avoid giving your dog too much vitamin A.  That's why giving liver as a treat works better than as a food source.

It is an important that dogs have liver in their diet as it helps with digestion, blood clotting and also removes any nasty toxins from their body.

Organ meats such as liver, kidney, gizzards, hearts and tripe are full with vitamin A, D, E and K and minerals. If you are feeding a homemade diet, up to 10% of your dogs meal should include organ meats. 

Simple, Homemade Dog Liver Treats

Homemade dog liver treats are easy to make are extremely tasty and healthy for your dog.  Whether you prefer hard or soft treats there's a liver recipe that you can find below.  The dehydrated treats can be as soft or as firm as you like, just leave them in longer and they'll be crunchier.  If you prefer a soft liver treat then the Liver Sponge Cake is your best option and for a crunchy treat you can't do better than the Chewy Liver Boats. These recipes can be found below.

Dehydrated Liver and Oregano Strips

For best results I would recommend using a dehydrator. If you don't have a dehydrator, you can make these treats in the oven on its lowest temperature setting. Bake on a light greased cookie sheet and flip the liver pieces after 2 hours. 

This is a great 'high value' training treat. Dehydrated Liver and Oregano Strips."Dehydrated Liver and Oregano Strips - Uncooked"
Nesco FD-61WHC Snackmaster Express Food Dehydrator All-In-One Kit with Jerky Gun

INGEDIENTS: 

  • 1lb of lamb, beef or chicken liver
  • 1 teaspoon of oregano, fresh or dried (Oregano can help with digestive problems, diarrhea and gas)

METHOD:

  1. Thinly slice the liver into strips. (If any livers are too thick, use a folk to flatten them slightly)
  2. Spray the dehydrator trays with non-stick spray.
  3. Lay out the livers on the dehydrator trays, leaving space between them as this helps with the air circulation throughout the trays.
  4. Set the dehydrator to 160F and allow the livers to dehydrate for six hours. (Drying times will vary with model of dehydrator)
  5. Once done, allow the liver piece to cool down and then store them in the fridge. They can last up to 1 week in the fridge and for up to 6 months in an airtight container. 

Chewy Liver Boats 

These chews will help freshen your dog's breath. Celery contains nutrients that promotes a healthy heart and helps freshen your dog's breath. The string of the celery acts like a floss!

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1/2lb lamb, beef or chicken liver
  • 8 ounces low fat cream cheese 
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil 

METHOD: 

  1. Remove the cottage cheese from the fridge and let it soften while you prepare the liver.
  2. In a medium skillet, fry the liver in the olive oil until it is no longer pink. Remove from the heat and use a folk to break up the liver into small pieces. 
  3. In a mixing bowl, mix the cottage cheese and liver together with a hand mixer or wooden spoon.
  4. Wash the celery and trim the ends (not the leaves). Then fill with the cottage cheese and liver mixture. These treats can be kept in the fridge for up to three days.

Liver Sponge Cake

INGEDIENTS: 

  • 1/2 cup spelt flour (or regular flour)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 pounds of lamb, beef or chicken liver

METHOD:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Line a 10" x 15" silicon pan with a spray of olive oil (or parchment paper if your using a baking tin) 
  3. Place the liver in a food processor, until it is finely chopped.
  4. Transfer the liver into a mixing bowl, and stir in the flour and eggs using a wooden spoon. 
  5. Spread the mixture evenly in the prepared pan.
  6. Bake in a preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until the center is firm. 
  7. Let the sponge cake to cool down. Once cool, remove it from the pan and cut into squares.

Beef Liver Paw-Licking Cookies

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup cooked beef livers, pureed 
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup beef stock
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley (or dried)
  • 2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats

METHOD:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Puree the beef livers in a food processor.
  3. Blend the olive oil, beef stock and parsley with the beef liver puree, then mix in the flour and oats to form a firm dough.
  4. Roll the dough to 5mm thick and cut using cookie cutters. (If you don't have cookie cutters, you can cut them into small bite-size pieces)
  5. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until firm and crisp. 
  6. Allow them to cool before giving them to your dog. These cookies will keep for up to two weeks in an airtight contain in the fridge. I will be surprised if they last that long!

Best Store Bought Dog Liver Treats

If you have a busy lifestyle and don't have the time or just don't want the hassle of making your dog treats at home, then we can certainly recommend some healthy commercial dog treats for your dog. When you are looking for dog liver treats, make sure they are not manufactured in China. The FDA have received thousands of complaints of serious illnesses and even death related to Chinese-based treats. 

Make sure you check the ingredients. Many dog treats can contain additives and nasty meat byproducts, which can contribute to obesity, diabetes, and many other illnesses and diseases related to an unhealthy diet. For more information, please check out my Healthy Treats Page.

Look for a treat that has liver as the main ingredient, ideally it should be the first ingredient listed. Freeze dried dog liver treats are perfect. They are still loaded with vitamins that your dog will benefit from and they are less messy, easy to carry around in your training treat bag. 

To Sum Up Dog Liver Treats...

They are high value treats that are full of vitamins and nutrients your dog needs. An added bonus is that liver is inexpensive compared to other meats. If you're up for the challenge, we have plenty of recipes that can be made at home. Alternatively, if you rather buy some already made, we show you the healthy options and what to avoid in store bought brands.  

Whichever option you choose, I'm sure your dog will love these treats that are great for reward-based training.


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Hello, I’m Sarah, the owner of Pure Dog Treats! I started my website in 2016 when myself, my husband and our border collie ‘Lady’ moved to the US from the UK.

My passion is making a variety of wholesome, natural, tasty dog treats in the comfort of my own home. I provide a range of homemade recipes and recommendations for healthy, diabetic, homemade, organic,  vegetarian dog treats and much more. I have learnt that it can be confusing and challenging to find healthy dog treats, and would like to pass on my knowledge and passion onto other dog lovers.

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