It’s all gravy: top tips for fussy dogs

It’s the dinner time standoff – we’ve all been there. Your dog staring at you as if to say, “what the hell is this?”. And as the minutes go by, your patience wears thin. Why won’t they eat?!

Whether your dog is a notoriously picky eater, or whether they’re just a bit bored – we’ve put together some of our favourite tips to make mealtimes a bit easier.


That’s right: gravy. Low-salt gravy is a great way to encourage your dog to eat. It adds a new texture to their kibble – and it’s delicious, too. 

Make sure you pick up the low-salt version, and if your dog has a wheat allergy, have a look in the gluten-free aisle.

Steamed veggies

Good for you, good for your dog. Add some steamed vegetables (check out this list for what’s dog-friendly) for a tasty vitamin boost.

We like to make extra when we’re cooking Sunday dinner – they’ll keep in Tupperware for up to 4 days in the fridge.

Wet food

For a real flavour party, why not add a spoon of wet food? Mixing in some wet food to your dog’s kibble is a nutritious way to encourage fussy eaters. After all, variety is the spice of life!

We’ve got 15 delicious recipes, from pates and jellies, to the all-important gravies. Just make sure you introduce it slowly – especially if your dog has a sensitive stomach. 


Nigella’s a fan – and so are we. For something seriously low-effort, pop your dog’s kibble in the microwave for a few seconds. Heat will intensify the flavours (and smells) and get that tail wagging.

Warm water

No microwave? Dog missing a few teeth? Boil up some water, pour it over your dog’s kibble, and leave to soak for 15 minutes. You’ll be left with a bowl of soft, warm kibble. Perfect for older dogs and fussy dogs alike.

9 thoughts on “It’s all gravy: top tips for fussy dogs”

  1. I came to look at this article out of interest as to what gravy to use for dogs but just wanted to say that fussiness became a thing of the past as soon as we started with Tails! We feed our boy dry and wet food combined and give it a good stir. He literally cannot wait for it to go down for him!

  2. I have an 11 month old basset hound pup. He will not entertain a kibble at all. He’s mainly eating a protein diet but I want to get him to eat both.
    Tried gravy etc not happening 🤷‍♀️

  3. Hi I have 2 dogs and they have no entertained the dry food at all feel it was a bit of wasted to be honest I have tried the microwave thing didn’t work mixing they just eat round them now I’m left with bags of dog nibbles that they both won’t eat.


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