Dried liver dog treats

by | May 8, 2011 | 81 comments

The definitive training teat

This dog treat can’t be beat. This is what I use for treats when I’m walking all my dogs and there is a huge difference to how the pups respond to these homemade treats for dogs compared processed shop-bought stuff and if you do this you will see why they’re the best dog training treats you can get! It’s very cheap to buy liver from your local supermarket or butcher (much cheaper than branded treats and a whole lot better for your dog).  I’ve never known treats to go down so well with dogs.  I cannot emphasize enough how much your dog will love these, dogs that wouldn’t respond well before suddenly come running for dried liver . They are ideal for training and to get the attention of your dog and get control back when you are outside.

Cleaning the oven tray can be a pain after drying liver so cover with tin foil or use disposable foil trays.  Dried liver is gorgeous and has a nice smell, I even like eating it but it can make your clothes smell if you carry it in them so use a treat bag when out and about.  If you fancy an alternative liver recipe, try my liver cake recipe for dogs, a super dog treat.

treat bag

Get yourself a treat bag and you’re good to go!



A packet of liver (any liver will do).


packet of liver

Get yourself some liver. Any liver will do.

rinsing blood of liver

Rinse the blood of the liver

baking tray wrapped in tin foil

Wrap a baking tray in kitchen foil.

strips of liver on baking tray

Lay your liver on the tray. Preheat your oven to 120c (250f/Gas mark 1). Cook for 1½ - 2 hrs or until fully dry.

dried liver on baking tray

Two hours later and this is it now dried. There is no juices in the tray and liver is dry inside and out..

dicing liver

Cut into little squares and fridge what you will use in a few days and freeze the rest. See now why we're using kitchen foil?

dog wanting a liver treat

Flo you are getting some, don't worry!

How to store

As a general guide if meat protein is present in recipe then it will last around 3 to 5 days stored in a cool place.  If it has second class protein in it eg. cheese, lentils, eggs, etc, then they will store for about 10 days in a cool place. You can use cake tins lined with baking paper – greaseproof. If there is no meat or second class proteins present then it will last around 3 weeks before they go soft like human biscuits.

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By Jamie Shanks

BDWS is owned and run by me, Jamie Shanks. I’ve been a professional dog walker since 2010. When I’m not walking dogs, I’m usually at home entertaining my three dogs and attending to five hens and my vegetable garden. 


  1. Do I use the fan setting or eco? I have been drying them on 80 for hours, according to other methods but this recipe seems much better

  2. Can you freeze this?

    • yes, perfect for freezing

  3. I rescued a dog 3 weeks ago and she loves liver. Its the only treat outside the house she pays attention to me for!

  4. Brilliant idea and great high value training treats. Really cheap to buy liver but so expensive to buy ready made liver treats. Made with lamb and chicken liver so far and 7 month old puppy loves them. Got a batch in the oven now and she is going mad because of the smell!!

    • My daughter got me onto this we have a 9 week old German Shepard we where buying the dried liver treats but at $12 to $14 an average bag this is a awesome treat for our pup we try not to give him to much as you can see when he poops it’s very richly looking.
      Also I’m finding when cooked I’ll try to dry it out on a plate for a few hours then bag it then put it in the fridge I find it sticky should I put the plate in the liver in the fridge not bagged would it dry better thx.

    • Yeah it is a bit sticky, that’s why a treat bag is a must. Also liver is a natural laxative so just little amounts while pup so young.

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