Liver Training Treats Equals a Very
Easy Dog Treat Recipe

Have you ever seen your dog do a back flip? Well, step back because with this easy dog treat recipe, you're about to see a whole new side of your dog.

Don't know if your dog likes liver? Try this experiment: Walk around your house with a piece of dehydrated liver in your pocket, and see if your shadow has four legs!

This easy dog treat recipe has only one ingredient, beef liver. Liver may not be the prettiest dog treat you can make, but trust me, your dog will not care. In fact, I bet your dog will start asking for it by name.

Have you been meaning to teach your dog a new trick or better basic manners? This dog treat recipe makes a wonderful dog training treat. If after you have your dogs attention with this treat, you may find you need a little help with training. Check out these tips on dog training, basic puppy training methods and even recipes for homemade dog foods.

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Before making this easy dog treat recipe, or any other with liver, be sure to review our tips on purchasing and using liver.


  • 1 pound beef liver (organic calf liver is preferred)


  1. Preheat oven to 200° F
  2. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  3. Cut liver into strips about 1/4 inch thick.
  4. Space pieces of liver on sheet pan so they are not touching (see note below regarding Spacing).
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  6. Bake for 2 hours, rotating the pan after one hour.
  7. Let cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  8. Lift the parchment paper off the sheet pan and place on the wire rack to allow the liver training treats to cool completely and dry out on the bottom.

Storing & Yield - These liver dog treats will last for two weeks in the refrigerator. You can freeze them for four months. For more information on storing homemade dog treats, be sure to review our tips and techniques.

The yield really depends on how small you make each training treat. It also depends on how often you have a training session. Just keep in mind that since liver has a unique smell for your dog, a small piece will pack a rewarding flavor punch.

Tips & Techniques

  1. Cutting Liver - Cutting liver can get tricky as it is very soft. To make things easier, especially since this is an easy dog treat recipe, freeze the package of liver. Then let it thaw for a few minutes on the counter. Sharpen your knife and cut the liver into strips while it is still frozen. It will continue to thaw while you handle it and before it goes into the oven.

  2. Spacing - Even though the liver will shrink, it spreads out a little before it gets thinner. So the more space you can allow between each piece the better. Actually this is one time that the picture above is a good example of what not to do. Although the treats came out great, I had to tear them apart. If possible, leave about a 1/4 inch between each piece.

  3. Parchment Paper - It's not necessary, but it makes things easier after baking, if you cut the paper to fit your sheet pan. Then the paper will not be curling and getting in the way of the liver.

  4. Oven Temperature - This recipe is a great time to use an oven thermometer. You can easily check for the accurate temperature and adjust accordingly.

  5. Texture - You are looking for a jerky or flexible texture with these liver treats. They will be slightly spongy in the center, but with a firm outside.

  6. Cooling - It's important to let the dog training treats cool off of the sheet pan. The liver will be slightly moist underneath, and it needs the opportunity to dry out.

  7. Using a Dehydrator Machine - Although this recipe is for an oven that most people have, you can also use a Dehydrator. The above tips can be followed with very little change. The only difference is that you will need to follow your dehydrators instructions for drying meat. The only exception is that you do not need any type of marinade. Test the liver pieces for a dry touch and still somewhat flexible texture.

Of all the dog training supplies you may need to purchase, this is by far the most exciting for your dog. Who knows, maybe you'll need less methods to prompt your dog to perform tricks and mind his manners, with this easy dog treat recipe.

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