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Old 01-08-2014, 05:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Can I buy livers, throw them in the dehydrator and use them as treats? I have seen a lot of talk about dogs loving livers and many people recommending them. Can I just buy them at the grocery, or is there something special that needs to be done because they are for the dog? Edit: they are for a 4 mo. old GSD
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Old 01-08-2014, 05:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes. But I wouldn't use to many. To much organ meat can cause projectile squirts.

You can buy chicken breast, any kind of meat and pound it down to dehydrate also.

I took ground venison, baked it in a cookie sheet and then put it in the dehydrator. That worked well.

Cheese works well too.

But I find it easier to just buy Redbarn.
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Old 01-08-2014, 05:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I just get the freeze-dried liver treats from PetsMart/Petco: StewartŪ Pro-TreatŪ Beef Liver Treats for Dogs - Sale - Dog - PetSmart

They're a lot easier to deal with than trying to dry your own, but if you prefer to do it that way, by all means go for it! I'm just lazy
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Thanks! I just realized I probably put this in the wrong section....About the cheese, is cheese ok for dogs I started giving Chief some then stumbled on some info that "dairy" isn't good for dogs? Cheese is ok? Within moderation obviously
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I use string cheese as a high value treat when I need to make sure I can re-gain focus during distractions. All of my dogs go nuts for it.
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If you have a food dehydrator already, there's really nothing easier than tossing a quart of chicken livers on some wax paper and letting the machine run. (don't toss them just onto the bars of the tray unless you want to scrub a lot). That said, it does stink, so this is a project I do in the spring when I can open the windows. Then I keep most of the dried liver in the freezer and take it out as needed. It is rich and my dogs consider it very high-value.
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