Homemade Dog Treats

IMG_0230My Australian Shepherd Poe and I have a dog show tomorrow and the next day.  We do obedience competition, and he’s working on his Companion Dog title.  He only needs to qualify, or get a passing score on all the exercises, one more time to earn his title.  With Poe though, it’s definitely not a sure thing–he has been known to win a first place ribbon, and he’s also been known to blow it in spectacular fashion.  He is very smart but also very scattered, more so than any dog I’ve ever had or showed–though his personality is so quirky, and so much fun,  that I wouldn’t trade him for the best competition dog in the country.

Even though he’s a bit unfocused, Poe does love his food.  He loves just about everything, and he really, really loves these homemade dog treats.  I’m making up a big batch of them to take with us tomorrow; win or lose, he will get some after we finish the show, because he is a good boy and he tries hard.

This recipe makes a bunch of little treats, and it’s a good thing.  I run through a lot of them in training, and the making of them, while not difficult, is pure misery for the dogs and for Larry, for different reasons.  While they are baking, the chicken liver and the garlic powder combine to pack quite an olfactory punch.  Larry hates the smell so much that I don’t have the heart to subject him to it often.  The dogs just haunt the kitchen and drool a lot.  They don’t mind the smell.  At all.

15 Minute Dog Treats
1 carton chicken livers, with their liquid (approximately 1 lb.)
1 egg
1 cup flour
1 cup cornmeal
1 Tablespoon garlic powder [note: the American Veterinary Medicine Association has placed garlic on its toxic list.  My dogs do not have a problem with it, and I would think that the amounts in this recipe are safe.  Many people feel that the health benefits of garlic outweigh the possible risks.  If this concerns you, you can easily leave out the garlic.]
Preheat oven to 400.  Cover a jelly roll pan with foil and spray with Pam.  Don’t skip this, because it will stick like you won’t believe.  This may have happened to me once.
In a blender, liquefy the chicken livers with their liquid; add the egg and mix.  Pour this mixture into a bowl and add the remaining ingredients.  Mix well, then spread onto the prepared pan.  Bake at 400 for 15 minutes.  Immediately remove from the oven and cut into desired sizes.  A pizza roller is good for this.  After they cool, these treats can be frozen in ziploc bags.  The dogs will eat them frozen–they don’t care.

the ingredients

the ingredients

mixed up

mixed up

IMG_0209 IMG_0216After you cut them up and before you bag them, give that poor dog a bite.  He’s been waiting at least 15 minutes.  You know you can’t resist those eyes anyway.

Poe (right) and Ginnie asking nicely

Poe (right) and Ginnie asking nicely

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7 Responses to Homemade Dog Treats

  1. Thank you for this recipe! I followed the directions exactly and they turned out perfect! Both of our dogs love them 🙂

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  3. Serren Taylor says:

    FYI, I was reading this blog and I think you all should be aware that garlic is TOXIC for dogs. I’m a vet tech and often see poisoning in dogs. There are some dogs that are so sensitive to garlic and onions that just the smallest amount can trigger a reaction that can be fatal. Other toxic foods include nuts (any) avocados, dough (any type cookie, bread etc.) turkey skin, raw fish, especially salmon, cooked is ok. grapes, raisins, currents, chives and of course chocolate. Just thought everyone should be made aware of food dangers and before making treats for your pet, understand what is safe and toxic, Google your ingredients whatever they may be so that you know for sure that what you are putting in your pets food is safe. TY

    • sbuent says:

      Thanks for your comments. While the AVMA does have garlic on its “toxic” list, I believe that many people feel that a dog would have to ingest an unreasonable amount of garlic to be affected by it, which does not really apply to this recipe. It’s always good to be aware of cautions though. As with anything, moderation and caution are key. I will modify my post to reflect your concerns.

  4. Kathy says:

    I love these treats, or should I say, She loves these treats. Today I decided to add something she loves, carrots, I grated them and added to the mix. Let’s see how they do….12 minutes to go 🙂

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