|Barked: Fri Sep 14, '12 8:11am PST |
|You are going to just have to try some different things. Here's a few options that might work.
I would stick with beef kidney and beef or calf liver for now. You can try chicken liver later. I've found many dogs don't like the taste of it, but they are OK with beef liver.
BBQ the organs. After you're done grilling, throw some beef kidney and liver on the BBQ and sear it on each side. This is Brody's favorite way to have his organs prepared. They get that smoky, BBQ flavor.
Sear the organs in a very hot pan with a bit of butter and garlic powder. Or try a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. Most dogs love the taste.
Tripe. Fresh is better, but canned will work. Most dogs LOVE tripe. So disguise just a tiny bit of organ with the tripe and most dogs will eat it up. This also works with canned food. Get a good quality canned food and smear it on the organs or dice or liquify the organs and mix with the canned.
Hide it. If your dog likes chicken thighs for example, take a tiny sliver of organ and put it under the skin. Most likely the dog will just eat it when he's eating the chicken.
A friend of mine makes organ meatballs. Hamburger, a little peanut butter, liquified or diced up organs (too small to pick or spit out). All mixed up into little meatballs. Roll in parmesan cheese and feed as a treat.
Dehydrator. Use your own or borrow one or use a very low temp on the oven with the door open and dehydrate a bit of liver and kidney. Many dogs love their organs dehydrated as a crunchy treat.
Whole prey items. If you can feed some whole prey, the organs are included! Quail, rabbit, etc. are all great. Just take the whole animal and hand to the dog.
Ethnic stores. Look for alternative novel organs at an ethnic market. Lamb kidneys and liver, sheep brain, etc. You can find all kinds of goodies. I found pork uterus once. Any kind of squishy organ will do, in addition to liver. Spleen (melt), pancreas (sweetbread), etc. are all good. You can even do chicken or duck heads. They have brain and eyes which count as organ and are a yummy, crunchy treat.
Last resort. Pill him with the organs. Not my favorite method, especially for a puppy. But if he absolutely will NOT eat organs, then open his mouth, stick it on the back of his tongue, close his mouth and hold closed until he swallows. This method can make a dog hate organs even more, so be aware of that.
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