Subscription boxes are all the rage right now. It seems there are boxes for everything - clothing, date nights, fresh food, jewelry, beauty supplies, and even dog goodies!
When I first adopted Isabella, Barkbox had been on the market for about two years. Subscription boxes were still a new thing, but I decided to sign up for a couple of reasons. First, BarkBox was super cheap at the time (I think I originally signed up for $15/box!). Second, I spoiled (and still spoil) Bella rotten and it seemed like a great way to do just that.
Now, there are tons of different dog boxes out on the market - BarkBox, PupBox, Dapper Dog Box, Bullymake Box, Pooch Perks - the list goes on and on. However, I’ve been a BarkBox loyalist now for almost five years. And here’s why.
Every item in the monthly BarkBox is hand-selected by crazy dog people from trusted, reliable vendors. Within BarkBox are two toys, two bags of treats, and one chew stick. And each box follows a theme so the BarkBox contents are a surprise each month.
The toys are very high quality. Isabella and Penelope are both hard chewers. If you give them a squeaky toy, it’s their mission to rip it apart as fast as possible to get the squeaker inside. However, it’s rare they can get through a toy from BarkBox immediately. In fact, it typically takes them several months, which brings me to another bonus.
A lot of the toys have a toy within a toy. For instance, some of the stuffed squeaky toys have a ball inside of them once your dog breaks through the initial stuffed toy. We’ve also received a stuffed Chinese food box with dumplings inside. These types of toys greatly increase their value, in my opinion.
As far as the treats go, each treat is made from the highest quality ingredients and each treat is wheat, soy, and corn free. In fact, BarkBox does its best to provide only limited or single ingredient products.
Another great feature about BarkBox is boxes are customizable per your dog’s individual needs. As you sign up, you fill out a questionnaire about your dog. You’re able to specify your dog’s size, whether he is a hard chewer, whether he has any allergies or any other special needs.
These special requests are kept in mind each time your BarkBox is packed to ensure your dog is only receiving items safe for him. And if you ever receive anything your dog cannot have due to allergies or any other reason, send it back and get a replacement item for free!
With two dogs in our family, we’ll sometimes add an extra toy to our BarkBox so we receive three instead of two for Isabella and Penelope to share. BarkBox also has a store, BarkShop, so you can purchase extra individual items at any time. Not to mention, now Amazon and Target even sell some BarkShop toys.
At the end of the day, you really cannot beat the value. Items within each BarkBox are valued at over $40 and subscriptions start at only $20/month with free shipping.
Isabella and Penelope are on the one-year subscription plan for $20/month and it’s such a better deal than constantly going to PetSmart or Petco to buy treats and toys. If I go into a pet store, I easily spend $10-$15 on a single toy and treats that are the same quality as those in BarkBox start at about $8 a bag. It’s a no-brainer!
Plus, I also love that BarkBox gives 10 percent of all profits to animal shelters. With Isabella and Penelope both being rescue pups, that’s a big soft spot for our family.
So, what do you think? Ready to give it a try?
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