Barkbox Delivers a Howling Good Time

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Barkbox logoDoes your household suffer from bored dog syndrome? Feel like you can’t keep your pooch satisfied? Let Barkbox come to the rescue. A Barkbox subscription gives your pup a surprise gift box every month, full of new toys, healthy treats and grooming products. Barkbox saves you time shopping around for a variety of quality toys and all-natural treats your dog will love. Winner of our Best Dog Subscription Box comparison, Barkbox delivers compared to the dozens of other dog subscription boxes on the market. Read our Barkbox review to see why.

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Review Overview

Product Quality
Size Appropriate
Reliable Delivery
Cost
Customer Support

4.5/5.0

Barkbox is more expensive than some competitors, but they excel in the quality of their toys and treats. And their delivery is extremely reliable every month.

Key Features

After launching in 2011, Barkbox saw more than $1 million in revenues per month after only 2 years in business. By February 2014, they reached $25 million in revenue per year. It’s no wonder so many other monthly dog box companies popped up after Barkbox’s initial (and continuing) success. Here are the features that make Barkbox a winner for you and your pooch:

  • All toys are from high-quality vendors.
  • Every treat is all-natural.
  • Information card in every box includes details about each item.
  • Dog size choice for monthly boxes includes extra-small, small, medium or large.
  • Scout’s Honor guarantee: if your dog sticks his snout up at a product, they’ll replace it with a new one.
  • Reliable delivery every month with tracking information sent to you.
  • Online store has variety of quality products that your dog will love.

Pros

Cons

  • Easy to navigate website with good FAQ, blog and customer service features
  • 4-6 full-sized products in every box
  • 10% of proceeds donated to rescue organizations
  • Online and text ordering available
  • Mobile apps for iPhone and Android
  • Multi-dog discount
  • Subscriptions automatically renew, making canceling necessary
  • No cat boxes available

Pricing

  • $29 for one month
  • $25 per month for 6-month subscription
  • $21 per month for 12-month subscription
  • Free shipping

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Limited Time: Get 1 free extra toy in every box (that is up to a $150 value)! Ongoing: Our readers can get $5 off any new Barkbox subscription. Click here to take advantage of this offer.

Walter with Toy from Barkbox
Walter enjoying his Mardi Gras-themed Barkbox toy.

Our Barkbox Challenge Results

We put Barkbox to the test with our resident volunteers, Lily, 10, and Walter 1-1/2. This challenge was not their first encounter with Barkbox, as was apparent when both pups immediately recognized the special delivery box. After lots of barking, jumping and sniffing, the grand opening presented a super cute Mardi Gras theme with the toys and treats inside. Walter quickly claimed the Mardi Gras rope toy, and Lily went straight for the Catfish Po’ Boy treats.

“It’s a fun surprise for me and the pups,” said owner Seton. “There’s always something for both my dogs. Walter goes through a toy a week, so the new toys that come every month are always a big hit. And Lily gets to enjoy the treats. It keeps my treat supply well stocked; I think I’m out of treats and then remember I have some in the pantry squirreled away from last month’s box.”

Seton says the price is a bit more than she should be spending in her budget, but she likes to spoil her dogs. Walter and Lily certainly have no objections!

Dog Lovers Sound Off About Barkbox

As with many products and services, consumer Barkbox reviews are across the board. Here’s a sample of real consumer feedback we found around the web.

Positive Barkbox Reviews

I love barkbox ! We switch [sic] from petbox to here because we heard they offered much more variety ! Which they definitely did ! Amazing way of trying new products out for your pup big or small . It’s like Christmas every month for my Lhasa apso when the mailman delivers his barkbox ! Again worth it for the money! — Maddie R., Influenster.com, 6/17/2015

We’ve received our 2nd month of BarkBox… Our boxes both months have been completely different. We got great boxes, I’m just surprised at the variation. This month our theme was movie night. Pizza & popcorn items. — Bets, mysubscriptionaddiction.com, 4/26/2015

Negative Barkbox Reviews

We received 3 months as a gift. However since our pup has food allergies I contacted Bark Box to change the food and snacks provided. Response time is horrible. I had to email several times… When they did reply they confirmed that they would put us on their list of dogs with special dietary restrictions. But the boxes never changed. — Gerry B., Influenster.com, 6/12/2015

Unfortunately I had to cancel my bark box subscription. I have huge dogs, aggressive chewers. Each month they send a toy, a stuffed toy. Which lasts all of 15 minutes with my dogs… I contacted Bark box month after month requesting non stuffed toys. Each month they stated OK we will fix this, each month a stuffed toy. — Kathleen K., k9ofmine.com, 2/23/2015

How Does Barkbox Help Pets In Need?

One of the many things we love about Barkbox? The company devotes itself to helping at-risk pets through a generous philanthropic program using some of their sales proceeds. We can’t help but share this inspirational video that demonstrates the heart behind Barkbox. See what they did to celebrate one dog’s incredible journey back from a life of terrible abuse.

How Can Barkbox Better Your Pup’s Life?

Barkbox isn’t the be-all, end-all for solving boredom or behavior problems that stem from lack of stimulation. As most dog owners know, dogs want your attention and interaction more than anything else. But when you can’t spend time with him, new toys and treats are a great alternative. Dogs are almost always interested in anything new, according to results from a study published in the journal Animal Cognition. The study also found that toys that dogs can chew and manipulate are best to keep your pooch occupied on his own. Barkbox does its research when choosing the best toys and treats to include in each month’s box to make sure you get the best products available.

Are you a Barkbox subscriber? How do your dogs react to their special delivery?

Sally grew up in a feline-only home, but cat allergies in her early 20’s made it an easy transition to dog ownership. And she couldn’t be happier with her canine shadow, who’s been at her side (literally) for years. No longer a cat person for obvious reasons, Sally is now a true bone-ified dog lover.

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4 Comments on "Barkbox Delivers a Howling Good Time"

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Eileen Johnston
Eileen Johnston
I have a yellow lab named Lola. I signed up for bark box and have never been disappointed with anything that the service has to offer. In the three boxes that we have gotten thus far, there have been some toys that Lola won’t play with. When I called bark box, they sent replacement toys for Lola, and asked that I donate the other toys to a shelter. I have nothing but praise for this company. Anyone thinking about signing up for this service, remember this, you just can’t go wrong with bark box.
Jonathan
Jonathan
What does BarkBox do if your dog does not enjoy the toys and treats that were sent?
Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt
They’ll replace it with a new one.
DaFin
DaFin
I signed up for barkbox, but I just didn’t see the value in it at all. I ended up canceling and trying PupJoy (which was a little better) and finally landing and keeping PetTreater. I haven’t tried any others but those 3, but from them, for me, PetTreater is by far the best dog box I have tried. Open to try others if anyone wants to recommend.
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