Welcome to Amy’s cooking show! Who knew a dog trainer that can cook?! Ha!
Being a reinforcement trainer I often get tired of buying treats in a store. It gets expensive and my dog doesn’t always like the same thing everyday. Not only that but everything (it seems) has chicken, duck, or turkey in it which is a problem when your dog is allergic to those things. Stuff you buy in the store also has a ton of extra additives that your may or may not need. So sometimes, when my husband isn’t around, I make my own high value treats.
I call this one LIVER LOAF! It’s really stinky which is why I suggest waiting until your loved ones are absent to make it or wait until you can open the windows on a nice day. 😉
You will need:
1 Cookie Sheet
Oil – for greasing
4 slices of thawed beef liver
1 cup of Flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Line cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spray with olive oil or other vegetable oil so the liver loaf doesn’t stick to it.
In the food processor, puree the liver. I’ve tried to do this in a cheapo blender, the motor couldn’t handle the fibers in the liver and burned out. Whoops. Add the Eggs and Flour to the puree and process some more. It should make a thick paste. If you’re a nurse or speech therapist somewhere between nectar thick and honey thick.
Spread the resulting mush all over the aluminum foil so it’s nice and even. It should be about 1/4 – 1/2 an inch thick all over.
Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until it’s cooked thru. Remove from the oven and let cool.
When it’s cool take the loaf off of the tin foil and dice it up on a cutting board. I try to keep my cubes tiny, about the size of a pea. I used a pizza cutter, because why not?!
I usually have enough mini cubes to fill two sandwich baggies to freeze and I keep a 3rd baggie in the refrigerator for training sessions. These treats will go bad so they must be frozen or refrigerated.
For variations you could also do chicken/turkey giblets in this mixture as well as any other meats. Feel free to add dog friendly seasonings as well if you’d like, but I like things pretty simple. I think I’ll try a canned seafood of some sort next!
Results? Not only did my dog love these but my 2 year old daughter couldn’t resist sneaking a few of them too. I don’t know… She’s weird.