If you’ve followed my blog or have been in any of my training classes, you have probably heard me mention the importance of high value treats for dog training. Inside my house I’ll train Ranger with kibble. But outside, where there are tons of distractions, I will increase the value of his payout by using higher value treats.
One of the greatest treats I have ever used is liver brownies. Now, I’m not a huge fan of cooking. In fact, I generally reserve my cooking to simple recipes that don’t require too much prep time, and are not very complex. And that’s exactly why I love making liver brownies for the dogs in my life. Making them is as simple as mixing things up, pouring it into a pan, and cooking. It couldn’t be more simple.
In 20+ years of being a dog trainer, I have never had a dog refuse liver brownies. It’s my secret treat I’ll pull out when an owner claims his dog won’t work for treats. It’s the treat I’ll use when a dog is highly distracted and just can’t focus. It’s the treat I’ll use when an owner tells me his dog is a picky eater.
So how do you make them? It’s easy peasy…
All you need are a few ingredients, a blender or mixer, a pan and an oven.
Here are the details.
- 1 container of chicken livers (although feel free to use beef if you prefer)
- 2 1/2 cups of oatmeal (or 2-3 cups of any combination of oatmeal, flour, wheat germ, cornmeal or similar item)
- 2-3 garlic cloves
- 3 eggs (I use the entire egg, including the shell, but you can leave the shell out if you prefer)
Pour everything into a blender. I use my Vitamix because it’s very powerful, but if you have a smaller blender you may want to mix the ingredients in 2 batches.
Blend everything until mixed well. The batter should be pourable without being too runny. (Like brownie batter!)
Pour the mix into a greased (I use Pam) pan. The size of the pan really doesn’t matter much. If you use a bigger pan, you’ll just have thinner brownies.
Cook in the over at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until the brownies are set. I normally turn off the oven and just let the brownies cool in the oven so they cook a little more.
Then cut them up and break off pieces for your dog.
I typically cut small squares and freeze them. When I am ready to use them, I’ll pop 2-3 squares into my treat bag. Once they begin to thaw I can break off small pieces to reward my dog.
Give it a try! Your dog will love you for it.
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