Dog liver treats are healthy and tasty, but did you also know that they're full of essential nutrients dogs need? Here's the low down on why?
If you're looking for a new high value treat to try with your dog, liver treats are an excellent option. They're inexpensive to make, are full of nutrients your dog needs, and dogs love them. My dog, "Lady," goes crazy for them and gives me her undivided attention if I have liver dog treats in my pocket. They make the perfect training treats.
Liver treats are usually an instant hit with most dogs and are easy to make.
It's beneficial that dogs have liver in their diet as it helps with digestion, blood clotting and also removes any nasty toxins from their body.
While liver is an excellent source of nutrients, you should limit it to 5% of your dog's total diet. Too much liver can result in vitamin A toxicity. Feeding liver as a treat, as opposed to in their main meal, helps to ensure they don't get too much.
When using liver dog treats, stick to just three times per week.
Organ meats Organ meat such as liver, kidney, gizzards, hearts, and tripe are full of vitamin A, D, E and K and minerals. If you are feeding a homemade diet, up to 10% of your dog's meal should include organ meats.
Homemade liver dog 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 hard, as you like, just leave them in longer, and they'll be crunchier. If you prefer a soft treat, then the Liver Sponge Cake is your best option. For a crunchy treat, you can't do better than the Chewy Liver Boats.
These recipes can be found below:
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.
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!
If you'd rather buy liver treats for your dog, see below for the best commercial liver treats available.
When looking for liver dog treats, ensure they're not manufactured in China. The FDA has received thousands of complaints of severe illnesses and even death related to Chinese-based treats. For more information on dog treats that have been recalled, click here.
These freeze-dried liver treats from PureBites are excellent to use for training treats. I buy these for my dog, Lady, when we go nose work training, and I haven't had time to make them myself.
She works really hard for these high-value treats, and the best part is they only contain one ingredient, "beef liver." The process of freeze-drying the treats locks in the aroma dogs love.
These treats are ideal for dogs that are on a restricted diet and suffer from diabetes, weight issues, allergies, and gastrointestinal disorders.
Many dog owners 'like me' love to offer their dogs different flavors. Like us humans, each dog has its own taste preferences, and not every dog likes the same thing.
Stewarts are a well-trusted company, which has been around for 40 years. Their freeze-dried turkey liver is an excellent treat for dogs with sensitive stomachs. Given the number of options, I'm confident you'll find a flavor your dog really enjoys.
These treats come in a variety of flavors: wild salmon, beef liver, pork liver, chicken liver, bison liver, chicken breast, duck liver, and lamb liver! An excellent treat for dogs who are on a limited ingredient diet.
If you're looking for liver dog treats that are crunchy, then these pure and natural treats from Rocco & Roxie are perfect. They only contain one ingredient and no artificial flavoring or fillers.
They're slow-smoked for 15 hours, which helps enrich the liver flavor. This makes it irresistible for our furry canines. If you have a "picky eater," don't worry - you will be amazed to see your dog's tail wagging when he has these tasty treats. Don't take my word for it, click on the link to see the reviews. Go on, show him some love!
When buying dog treats, ensure you check the ingredients. Some liver treats and other dog treats can contain additives and nasty meat byproducts. These may 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 liver dog treats are perfect. They're loaded with vitamins and are less messy, so easy to carry around in your training treat bag.
Liver dog treats 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'd 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. Here are a few other suggestions for homemade training treats: