I’m often asked about ‘the best’ treats for dogs or the food rewards that dogs will always respond to. Well, in all honesty, they don’t exist. There isn’t a ‘magic treat’ that will transform your dog into a recall champion, sorry! Finding the rewards that your dog loves is simply a matter of getting to know your dog.
I met one little dude at a workshop a while ago who would turn his nose up at everything, except carrots. They have never been at the top of a ‘rewards list’ for me or my dogs, but this little dude LOVED them.
Apart from Mr Carrots, I am yet to meet a dog who doesn’t enjoy some homemade treats and rewards. Close to the top of our boy’s list of favourite treats is liver cake and as I can often be found with some in my pocket (I know, I’m a pleasure to be around!), I am also asked for the recipe.
So, here it is. Now, before you start racing off to buy some liver **BE WARNED** it absolutely stinks as you’re cooking it so make sure you’re not expecting visitors, well, not visitors you like.
- 1 lb (450g) raw liver (lamb / pig)
- 1 lb (450g) granary flour (or gluten-free flour if your dog has allergies)
- 3 eggs
- One teaspoon of vegetable oil
- Splash of milk
Liquidise the liver with the eggs, milk and oil in blender until it’s smooth and looks particularly disgusting.
Add this to the flour and mix well. It’ll be a dough-like, sticky consistency and won’t look pretty.
Put the mixture into a baking tray or two. I’d line them if you ever want to use them for your Sunday roast again.
If you’re super cool and like to celebrate your dog’s birthday or gotcha day… or Thursday, whatever floats your boat – you could go for a bone shaped cake?!
Open the window and put the cake in the oven at 180 degrees, for 75-90mins. When it’s ready, the cake should bounce back if you press it lightly.
If your dog has been watching the cake development, swim through the drool and leave the cake to cool a little bit. While it’s still warm, cut it into small training-size pieces and make up little bags that you can put in the freezer.
Break the news to your dog that they can’t eat all of the liver cake straight away but keep a little stash for some training fun and enjoy some time with them.
If you’re looking for training ideas, we have a selection here.
- For dogs with allergies, you can substitute fish or tinned tuna for the liver. It might smell marginally better… marginally!
- Don’t give your dog too much liver cake or you’ll be revisiting the ‘mixing’ stage again and it won’t be fun for either of you!