This recipe is paws down the favorite in the house right now, but I have to warn you that the preparation is not for the weak at heart because it's kind of.....disgusting. Completely worth it, but a bit disgusting non the less. These Liver Love 'Em's will be the treats to use as bait for any training session or for when you are in the ring! I had all four dogs at my feet while I was taking pictures just waiting for a piece to drop on the floor. Now for the ingredients which features, you guessed it, liver.
This recipe is adapted from The National Dog Biscuit Baking Company You Bake 'Em Dog Biscuits Cookbook. The book has over 50 recipes for training treats and special treats if your dog has food allergies so there is something in there for every dog. You can bake these so the treats are either soft or crunchy, but I would recommend the soft if you are going in the ring so you don't end up with crumbs all over your dog's face.
- 1 pound (2 cups) raw beef liver
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups garbanzo bean flour (I used brown rice flour)
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F
Following the pictures above, combine the liver and the eggs in a food processor and blend until mixed. Add the puree into the bowl with the flour and the cheese and mix well.
Turn out onto a well-greased baking sheet. It's a bit sticky so stretch it out the best you can in an even layer. Bake for 25 minutes or until firm on top. Warning here though- you may want to ventilate your house while it is cooking if you don't like the smell of liver. It does seem to permeate through every nook and cranny.
Remove from the oven and let it sit until it is cool enough to handle. You can either break it into pieces or use a pizza cutter to cut into squares which I found is actually easier when it is still a bit warm. If you like softer treats then refrigerate or freeze any you won't be using within a week. For crunchier treats put them back in the oven and bake at 150 degrees for 2-3 hours, until they are crisp.
Ok, so they aren't the most attractive treats to make but they will keep your dog motivated or you can use them as a special reward for when your dog has been extra good. Which is always, right? Ya, right.
On a side note I found this cute dog dish the other day at Marshalls! I went in there to find gifts for the raffle at the NCNC picnic this weekend and just by chance came across this dish. Marshall's and Ross are great places to find inexpensive dog toys and gifts for club raffles or birthday presents.
Here is Hazel enjoying a bite straight from the bowl and to the right is her climbing on top of her crate trying to get more! These are so easy to make and won't take time away from grooming the night before a show! Makes enough to share with all your friends too.
As always, if your dog has special food needs or allergies please talk to your vet before giving your dog these treats.