Are you looking for a fantastic dog training treat which is healthy? You should try Liver Cake. As an experienced dog trainer, it’s the one treat that I find most dogs love and respond to when you are training them.

And as a bonus, it is really easy to make and you can keep it in the freezer for up to 2 months. 

Can't wait for my liver cake when I'm dog training

I usually make up a batch, cut it up into small pieces (about 1cm square), pop it into small bags and then freeze it. Then when I know I’m going to be training my dogs (every day), I take out a bag the night before and it for recall, etc. I usually break each treat into several pieces so the dog only gets a small piece at a time. The smaller the treat, the more likely they are to do what I need them to!

If you want information on how to use treats for your dog’s training, why not come along to one of Smarty Paws’ classes?

If you fancy baking something special for your special pup, here’s the recipe:

We recommend that liver cake should only be used as a high-value reward, and given to your dog in small quantities as part of a balanced diet. If you have any concerns about giving your dog a home cooked treat please check with your vet first.


  • 450 g liver – chicken, ox or lamb
  • 450g self raising flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp of lazy garlic (whoa, I hear you, garlic may be bad for your dog – however it hasn’t been proved and if you’re worried, just leave it out!)
  • About 100 ml of water
  • 1. Liquidise the liver and garlic in a liquidiser for a few minutes into a smooth consistency.

    2. Add the flour, eggs and water to a cake batter consistency. Liquidise for a few seconds until well mixed.

    3. Pour into a well greased baking tray (32 cm x 24 cm).

    4. Bake at 180 degrees for around 40 minutes. Test by pressing down on the cake. It should bounce back up when pressed lightly.

    Why liver?

    Liver is good for your dog's health and provides your dog with proteins, fat and vitamin A. These are key nutrients to keep your dog healthy. Liver is also a great source of iron, copper, niacin, zinc and phosphorus.

    Liver contains 10 times more nutrients than usual muscle meat.

    Don't want to make it?

    I also stock Taggarts Liver Cake in my training studio. It means that I always have a fresh supply, even if I haven’t had time to make some. Taggarts' famous liver cake recipe remains closely guarded. They NEVER use any additives or preservatives and source all liver from their local butcher in Ballymena.

    Can hoomans eat liver cake? Well, believe it or not, this is something I'm often asked about. And the answer is YES! Be aware, though, that there is no sugar in the cake so you may find that its not what you were expecting. If you love liver, you'll love this! 


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