Finding training treats for our puppies and dogs is sometimes difficult. We try to avoid items produced off shore, we try to avoid treats with sugar and added “stuff” and we look for low calorie for those of our dogs that have a tendency to be chubby. And..cost is a factor as well. That just doesn’t leave very many to select from.
An easy and very inexpensive alternative to commercial training treats is dehydrated beef liver. It is extremely inexpensive at the discount grocery store not far from me and comes packaged frozen and neatly sliced so I don’t even have to touch it. I thaw the meat, open the package, slide the slices over onto a baking sheet in a single layer and bake at 200 degrees for 2 1/2-3 hours. Sometime I turn the liver over midway, sometimes not. Once totally cooled, I use my kitchen scissors to cut into tiny little pieces for storage. Since my dogs are small and I like to keep it fresh, I usually divide the batch into 3 zip lock bags and freeze 2 of them and leave one in the refrigerator to use within a week or so.
The best part about dehydrating your own treats is you know there are no additives and it is a supplement to your dog’s diet rather than ruining their appetite which many treats do. Homemade liver treats are inexpensive, very very easy to make and your dogs will jump over the moon for them! Just in case you want to teach them to jump over the moon 🙂