Do your dogs love Charlee Bear® dog treats? Mine do! I can’t always get to the store that sells them, so I figured out how to make a copycat recipe.
My easy 5 ingredients liver dog training treats recipe is based on an oyster cracker recipe. You’ll need dehydrated liver, flour, baking powder, butter and water. Garlic powder is optional–just leave it out if you’re concerned about the safety of garlic, although it shouldn’t be a problem with this small amount.
I don’t know about you, but I’m not a big fan of eating liver. My dogs, on the other hand? They act like liver is the most delicious thing they’ve ever tasted.
But I worry about using straight dehydrated liver as training treats because it’s possible to overdose your dog on vitamin A if you give them too much liver. Using a small amount of liver as a flavoring for crunchy treats feels like a safer option to me.
Dog Treats for Positive Reinforcement Training
These treats are great for training your dog using positive reinforcement techniques. They’re low in calories and not messy to hold in your hand. You can toss them on the ground for your dog and they won’t collect dirt and debris like moist treats. They will also stay fresh in the refrigerator for at least a week.
Here are some other things that make this training treats recipe special:
This recipe is so easy because it uses dehydrated beef or chicken liver treats for flavoring. That saves you from having to chop slimy fresh liver or having to dehydrate it yourself. If you want to try making it with fresh liver, chop it finely and add less water. You’ll have to experiment with the amount of water, add just enough to form a dough that holds together when pressed into a ball.
You can pick up some dehydrated liver treats at your local pet store or buy them online. I always order a large tub of Stewart Pro-Treat Liver Treats from Amazon.com because they have a great price.
5 Ingredients Easy Liver Dog Training Treats Recipe
Makes about 100 small training treats
Prep time: about 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
- 1 oz. (about 2/3 cup of cubed treats) dehydrated liver dog treats (I used Stewart’s Pro-Treat® brand beef liver treats or chicken liver treats )
- 4 oz. (3/4 cup) all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
- 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
- 1/4 cup cold water, plus additional as needed
Preheat oven to 375° F
- Pulverize dehydrated liver treats to a fine powder in a food processor or high-speed blender.
- Add all dry ingredients to a medium mixing bowl and stir to combine.
- Add butter cubes to dry ingredients.
- Use your fingers or a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the dry ingredients until the butter pieces are about the size of small peas.
- Add water and stir until a dough ball forms, adding a bit more water if needed.
- Knead the dough a few times on a lightly floured surface until it is a cohesive ball. Then let it rest for 15 minutes.
- Roll or pat out dough to about 1/8 inch thickness in roughly a square or rectangle shape.
- Cut dough into 1/2 inch squares, rectangles, or diamond shapes with a sharp knife.
- Place cut treats on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone mat.
- Bake at 375 degrees F for 15 minutes, or until edges of treats are just starting to brown.
Remove from oven and let cool completely before serving to your dog. Store in refrigerator for up to a week or freezer for up to a month.
Each liver-flavored training treat contains about 7 calories
I hope your dogs enjoy these 5 ingredients easy liver dog training treats recipe as much as mine do. It’s nice to be able to make something similar to their favorite liver biscuit treats without making the 80-minute round-trip drive to the store!