Fail Proof Training Treats

liver-treat-recipeOne of the things I took away from puppy class was how to make [tag-tec]liver treats[/tag-tec] for Zoe – they became an essential part of my dog training kit for the first two years of her life! They worked every time, my recalls with her were 100%.

I don’t use treats much for training now, as I’ve weaned Fritz and Zoe off food rewards for good behavior, but every now and again I take them with me on our walks. When they know I have liver treats with me, they are just that much more attentive to what I ask them to do – talk about dogs operating purely on a ‘what’s in it for me’ basis!

I have yet to find a dog that doesn’t like liver, and it might just help you with that recall!

The liver treats are really quick and easy to make; here are the ingredients:

  • 1 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup of corn meal (or another cup of flour)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder, or a teaspoon of freshly chopped garlic (see note below)
  • 1 pound of liver (I usually use lambs liver)

Note – garlic can have toxic potential to dogs, but the low dose in this recipe is unlikely to cause any harm; you can always omit this ingredient if you prefer to.

Whiz the liver in a blender until it is smooth. Add the flour, cornmeal and garlic and mix until all the ingredients are combined.

Put the mixture into a greased baking tin and cook in the oven (180C, 350F) for 15 to 20 minutes. A quick test to see if the liver is cooked – a skewer put into the centre should come out clean.

When cool, cut into squares. I usually freeze the squares and take one with me on a walk, breaking off small pieces as and when I need to.

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  1. Great recipe and post Clare! Just shared your site with readers – hope to send you tons of traffic once I get my site up to speed a bit more!

  2. Many thanks Jack; I’ve downloaded you cookbook and am reading through it. Looks like some great recipes in there I can recommend to my readers.

  3. Thanks for this easy training treat recipe! My boy loves liver. Nice blog.

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