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Oven-Baked Homemade Liver Dog Treats

Treat your dog to these healthy, easy to make, budget-friendly oven-baked liver treats!

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Photography: Katy & Shell

Ok ok, so homemade liver treats aren’t exactly easy on the eye…but luckily your pup doesn’t care much for aesthetics!

Not only are beef liver treats an absolute hit with dogs (winning you dog mum brownie points) but they’re also rich in nutrients and protein, making them a healthy snack option too! 

Not used to cooking with liver? Don’t worry, neither were we! If the ick-factor means you need a little more convincing, take a quick look at all the benefits:

  • Liver treats are packed with iron, copper, phosphorus, zinc and essential fatty acids, as well as vitamin A (aids digestion and is a powerful antioxidant) and B vitamins (boosts metabolism and prevents anemia)
  • Liver is so budget-friendly and very cheap to buy from your local butcher or supermarket
  • Homemade liver treats are the best training treats for dogs – the strong scent and flavour is excellent for holding their attention
  • These liver treats are so easy to make – minimal ingredients and fuss, but with high rewards!

While homemade liver treats can be made using a dehydrator or oven, we opted for the latter as we don’t have a dehydrator (and guessed many of you wouldn’t either!)

The key to oven-baking liver treats and drying them out properly is all in the slow cook time. Just pop them in and let let the oven do its thing, and you’ll be rewarded with crunchy, tasty morsels of goodness your pup will absolutely love you for.


Ingredients & things you’ll need:

  • Beef liver (support local by visiting your nearest market or neighbourhood butcher!) 
  • Knife
  • Baking paper
  • Oven tray


  1. Pre-heat your oven to a low heat setting. Our oven was set to around 100ºC/212ºF.
  2. Rinse the liver, then dry well with paper towel.
  3. Cover oven tray with baking paper (two trays may be needed depending on liver size)
  4. Using a sharp knife, chop the liver into thin slices (the thinner the slice, the crispier it will be)
  5. Place liver slices onto the tray, being careful not to let any pieces overlap.
  6. Bake in the oven on the lowest heat setting for 4.5 – 7 hours, depending on how crispy you want them (our batch was baked for 4.5 hours, which left them a bit crunchy and a bit chewy too – Ziggy loved it!)
  7. Be sure to turn every 2 hours to cook evenly.
  8. Leave to cool in the oven.

Tip: Using your homemade liver treats for dog training? Once cooked, chop them up into bite-size portions using scissors. Don’t forget to pop them in a treats pouch to keep your pockets smelling fresh.

How to store homemade liver treats

As a general guide, oven-baked liver treats will last around 3 to 5 days stored in the refrigerator or a cool, dry place. We also recommend using an air-tight container.

You can also freeze your treats so they last much longer – up to six months in fact!

** The above recipe is for treats only and should not replace your dog’s regular meal plans. Always check with your vet about any major changes to your dog’s diet.


Want more?

Check out our DIY Chicken Strip Dog Treats Recipe in our archives.

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