Liver Brownies For Your Dog

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.

Ingredients

  • 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.

Pour everything into a blender

Blend everything until mixed well. The batter should be pourable without being too runny. (Like brownie batter!)

Ranger likes to lick the 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.

Pour into a greased pan and cook

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.

Liver brownies ready to eat

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.

Ranger approved

Give it a try! Your dog will love you for it.

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8 thoughts on “Liver Brownies For Your Dog

  1. Why garlic? It is very bad for dogs and completely unnecessary for them to like this treat. Please consider revising this recipe

  2. Do you run into dogs who have issues with the richness of liver? Our Aussie, Suki, seems to have issues with fatty treats (I can’t use even the leaner hotdogs for her DS/CC, we stick to string cheese which she loves). I would love to have some other options that won’t give her the runs. I wonder if I upped the oats and reduced the liver, added broth or water to get the right consistency – maybe that would reduce the richness?

    • Hi Erin, That’s a good question. When I find my dog has issues with a treat being too rich, I just give him less of it. But I haven’t actually had that problem with any dogs who get the liver brownies. I think your idea of adding more oats and less liver would work too. You can definitely experiment to see what works best.