High Value Dog Liver Treats

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. 

Dog Liver Treats

The Benefits of Dog Liver Treats

  • The 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.
  • The Liver is high in copper, an essential nutrient that can be low in home-made diets.

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. 

Simple, Homemade Dog Liver Treats

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:

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

Ingredients: 

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

Directions:

  1. Thinly slice the liver into strips. (If any livers are too thick, use a fork to flatten them slightly).
  2. Spray the dehydrator trays with non-stick spray.
  3. Lay out the liver pieces 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 liver to dehydrate for six hours. (Drying times will vary with model of dehydrator).
  5. Once done, allow the liver pieces to cool and then
  6.  Store in the fridge. They can last up to 1 week in the fridge and up to 6 months in an airtight container in the fridge.

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

Directions: 

  1. Remove the cream 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 fork to break up the liver into small pieces. 
  3. In a mixing bowl, mix the cream 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 cream cheese and liver mixture. These treats can be kept in the fridge for up to three days.

Liver Sponge Cake

Ingredients: 

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

Directions:

  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 to 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 cool. 
  8. Once cool, remove 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

Directions:

  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 to cool before giving to your dog. 
  7. 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'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.

PureBites Freeze-Dried Beef Liver Treats

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. 

Stewart All Natural Turkey Liver Treats

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.

Rocco & Roxie Natural "Crunchy" Liver Treats

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. 

To Sum Up Dog Liver Treats...

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:


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