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.
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.
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 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.
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 have a busy lifestyle and don't have the time or just don't want the hassle of making homemade dog treats, then scroll down below to see the commercial dog liver treats that we highly recommend. 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. For more information on dog treat recalls, click here.
These freeze dried liver treats from PureBites are fantastic to use for training treats. I buy these for my dog, Lady when she goes nosework training. I've noticed she works really hard for these high value treats and the best part is they only contain one ingredient 'beef liver' - becuase they're freeze dried it locks in the aroma that dogs crave. These treats are ideal for dogs that are on a restricted diet and suffer from diabetes, weight issues, allergies and gastrointestinal disorders.
Some dog owners 'like me' like to try there dogs with different flavors. Like us humans, each dog has there own set of taste buds and not every dog likes the same. Stewarts are a well trusted company, who have been around for 40 years. There freeze dried turkey liver is a great treat for dogs with sensitive stomaches and I am 100% confident that you'll find a flavor that 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! A great treat for dogs who are on a limited ingredient diet.
If your looking for dog liver treats that are crunchy, then these pure and natural treats from Rocco & Roxie are perfect for you. They only contain one ingredient, and no artificial flavouring or fillers. They're slow smoked for 15 hours which helps enrich the liver flavor - making it irresistible for our furry canines. If you have a 'picky eater' for a dog, don't worry - I can ensure you, you will be amazing to see your dogs 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!
Make sure you check the ingredients. Many dog liver treats and other 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're still loaded with vitamins that your dog will benefit from and they are less messy, easy to carry around in your training treat bag.
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. Here are a few other suggestions for homemade training treats: