Homemade Liver Treats For Dogs

Making liver dog treats takes a bit of time and endurance (of the smell), but your dog will definitely go wild with joy! A variety of healthy herbs can be added to the liver treats to add more flavors and nutrients. Read on to see how...

Homemade Liver Treats for Dogs Dogs just love liver treats - If you are in possession of any liver treats, they will notice from a mile away and dash straight to you! Therefore, liver treats are great treats for training. We are talking about high-value rewards here, folks!

However, if you decide to make cow liver treats for your dog, remember two things:

  1. Cow liver stinks! If possible, open the windows (and maybe doors) to let out the air in the kitchen.
  2. Although cow liver is nutritious (rich in vitamins A and B, iron, zinc), don't over-treat your dog with liver, even if he gives you that pathetic, can't-I-have-more look!

    One ounce of liver contains 8986 international units of vitamin A (the daily minimun requirement of vitamin A for a dog is 2272 IU/lb of food consumed on a dry matter basis.) Too much intake of vitamin A can cause vitamin A toxicity. In addition, liver is rather high in fat and too much liver may cause digestive upset in some dogs.

The bottom line is, practice moderation when using liver treats for dogs!

Recipe: Simple Liver Treats For Dogs


  • Cow liver, about 1 pound
  • Water
  • Fresh ginger root, 2 thick slices
  • 1 tablespooon garlic powder


  1. Bring the water to a boil, add the ginger slices and the liver and return to a boil.
  2. Turn the heat down and simmer the liver for 10 minutes.
  3. Discard the ginger, drain the liver and let cool.
  4. Preheat the oven to 275°F (135°C), and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Cut the liver into 1-inch squares and toss with the garlic powder.
  6. Arrange the liver pieces in one layer on the baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 2 hours.
  8. Turn off the oven and let the liver cool inside the closed oven.
  9. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

GR with a rolling pin

Fido's Tips

  • The ginger slices are optional, but they can help "soften" the smell a bit.
  • A variety of herbs can be added to the liver squares before baking. Please refer to this page (Recipe 2) for herb choices.