Sunday, March 11, 2012

Lamb Liver Treats for Dogs and Cats

Recipe and Photos ©2012 Kristin Nicholas

We can’t be successful sheep farmers without the help of our herding Border Collies. We’ve had extremely talented herding dogs over the 30 years we have raised sheep. Our current dogs are Phoebe (13), Ness (8) and now Kate, our brand new, over-rambunctious and eager pup. The collies all are very loved members of our family and farm. We make Lamb Liver Treats for training our dogs. They LOVE them and so will your cats and dogs. It’s an easy project to do and much more economical than buying teeny little bags of processed treats.

Border Collie pup Kate in her first snowstorm

You’ll need one package of Leyden Glen Lamb Liver.

Open the package with scissors. Drain the juice into a bowl and let your dogs and cats lap the juice. What a special treat. Our animals go crazy for it.

Line a cookie sheet completely with aluminum foil turning up the sides so that the pan doesn’t get dirty. This will save you a lot of clean-up. Spread the pieces of lamb out onto the foil. Most of the liver has been pre-cut into slices.

Place in a 200 degree oven and let bake for an hour. Remove from oven, let cool a minute or two and then pry it off the foil, flipping it over. This step will help the other side of the liver dry. Return to oven and let bake for an hour more. Remove from oven and tear the liver into bite-size pieces. Return to oven to dry out a little more. Watch it at this point because you don’t want it to become too crisp, especially if you have older dogs and cats.

Store in a glass jar in your freezer. The treats will keep indefinitely if frozen but chances are they won’t last too long. I remove small handfuls and keep them in the refrigerator in a lidded jar. These liver treats are awesome training aids for young and rambunctious pups like our new Border Collie Kate! That’s her in the photo above. Sweet but crazy!

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