Dried liver dog treats

by | May 8, 2011 | Homemade Dog Food Recipes | 74 comments


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.


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 and preheat oven to 150c (300f/Gas mark 2).

dried liver on baking tray

This is it now dried. Depending on thickness, how close strips are together etc, the drying time can take anywhere from 1-2hrs. There will be no juices and liver will be dry.

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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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!!

Pensri Rooney

I soak thin sliced pigs liver overnight in lightly salted water.
Next morning rinse well and dry
Place on tray and leave in sun all day with a food net over it
All 3 of my dogs love it as a treat

thomasina moss

How old a puppy can you give liver treats too

Margaret Lamont

Should it be really dry after the time in the oven, mine is quite juicey!

Frances Macfarlane

Can l freeze the liver after chopping up

Sue Chisholm


Fiona Aikman

I’m interested to try this for my dog. Just wondering how long they last without freezing?