Makes 40 to 50 tiny training treats
Liver is a very common training treat because dogs absolutely love it. If you don’t like it yourself, though, cooking it can be very unpleasant. You may want to make a double batch when you do cook it so you can make it less often.
Ingredients for Loving Liver Dog Treat
2 tablespoons dry yeast
1⁄4 cup warm water
2 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup nonfat dry milk
1 package unflavored gelatin
1⁄4 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg
8 ounces cooked beef liver, finely chopped
Indtructions for Loving Liver Dog Treat
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
Dissolve the yeast in the warm water and let it sit for 15 minutes to proof the
Mix the dry ingredients — flour, nonfat dry milk, and gelatin — in a large bowl.
Add the yeast and water mixture and the oil, egg, and liver to the dry ingredients.
Mix thoroughly. The mixture will be very stiff; you may even want to use your
hands to mix it.
Drop the dough by half teaspoons (or smaller) onto greased cookie sheets.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the bottoms are golden brown.
Remove from the oven, let cool thoroughly, and store in an airtight container in
NUTRITIONAL NOTES: FAT
To many people, fat is a dirty word. It’s synonymous with being overweight and even lazy, and carries with it many negative connotations.
That’s too bad because fat shouldn’t be a dirty word. In reasonable amounts (key word: reasonable), fat is necessary for good health.
Dogs need it in order to metabolize fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) and for many biochemical processes in the body.
Fat is also necessary for healthy skin and coat, as well as for energy. Fats also make foods more palatable; foods high in fat taste good.
Many commercial dog foods have added fats not just for nutrition but so that dogs eat the foods more readily.
Fat deficiencies have been found in dogs fed cheaper or generic foods. Some maldigestion or malabsorption intestinal conditions can also cause fat deficiencies.
Every gram of fat delivers 9 calories (compared to 4 calories for 1 gram of carbohydrate or
1 gram of protein).
Overweight dogs can be on a low-fat diet but should never be on a no-fat diet unless prescribed by a veterinarian for a very specific reason.