Homemade Doggie treats

We have an adorable little Cockapoo that we all love dearly.  Her name is Zoey.  Over the past years I have read so much about the additives and unsafe ingredients in not only our food, but the food that our pets eat as well.  In an effort to ensure that our little girl is with us as long as possible I have been making homemade biscuits for her since we brought her home almost 3 years ago.  Her treat jar is nearly empty so it was time for a marathon baking session.  My husband pitched in and enjoyed grinding up the raw liver in the blender (not really) and rolling out the Plaque Buster Biscuits.

The recipe for the Plaque Buster Biscuits can be found in a great little book I picked up called MacPherson’s K-9 Cookbook – you can find it here.  I will share the other recipe with you since this was given to me by a lady at the Puppy Training classes we attended back when we first got Zoey.  She LOVES these biscuits and will do anything for one – although I will warn you – your house will take on a bit of an unpleasant odour while they are baking so you may want to do this on a nice sunny day when you can throw all the windows open!You can see from the bottom picture just how much Zoey love these treats.  She is waiting patiently for them to cool on the cutting board and staring at me while I take the trays out of the oven.  This is what the Liver Treats look like after you cut them up.  I store them in the freezer in a ziploc bag and just keep a little container in the fridge which I fill up every couple of days.

Liver Treat recipe

In a blender mix 1/2 cup water, 1 pound fresh liver and 1 egg.

In a large bowl combine, 1/2 cup powdered milk, 1/2 cup wheat germ, 1 cup cornmeal, 1 cup whole wheat flour, and about a teaspoon of garlic powder.

Pour the pureed liver mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until it is smooth.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and pour the liver mixture on to the sheet.  I usually try and smooth it out so it is fairly uniform.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Remove from oven and slice it in to little bites while it is still hot.  I find a pizza cutter works really well for this.  Cool and freeze.

Leave me a comment if you try these with your dog.  I’d love to know if they liked them as much as our little dog!