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BarkBox Dog Subscription Review 2021 – Pros, Cons & Verdict

Our Final Verdict

We give BarkBox Dog Subscription Service a rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars:

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Quality: 5/5
Value: 4.6/5
Customer Service: 4.8/5
Customization: 4.5/5

Review Summary

Most of us love our dogs like they are members of our families. But you can’t always pick up stuff for them at the grocery store, like you can for the rest of your family.

Sometimes taking out an errand from your busy day can streamline your routine. Subscription boxes like BarkBox help you do precisely that, but are they really worth it? These days, you can get practically anything as a subscription box. With a press of a button, you can get everything from bacon to makeup to stickers delivered to your door each month – and now, with Bark Box, you can get a set of doggie goodies too!

Bark Box provides curated toys, treats, and other doggie items to your door each month. If you’re tired of taking trips to the pet store for new toys, this box may be precisely what you’re looking for. There are different options available, allowing you to adjust your box based on your needs.

In this article, we talk about what BarkBox is, how it works, and the quality that you can expect from them. In the end, you will know whether a product like this would suit you as a pet parent.

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Bark Box – A Quick Review

  • All the treats and toys are high quality.
  • You have the option to reorder an extra special toy for your pup from its store.
  • The subscriptions are tailored to your dog’s size.
  • You can choose options for a range of chewing needs.
  • If your dog doesn’t love a toy, Barkbox will replace it for free.
  • Ordering the products is easy.
  • BarkBox gives 10% of its profits to shelter dogs, including more than 3,000 rescues.
  • Its treats are free from wheat, soy, corn, and by-products.
  • Subscription services are notorious for being difficult to unsubscribe from, as they automatically bill you for the next shipment if you forget to get in contact with them.
  • The options for certain meat-free treat choices are more challenging to select because you have to contact them directly.

Quick Facts:

Price: Starts at $23/box
Frequency: Ships Monthly
Contents: Two toys, two bags of treats, and a chew
Allergies: All treats are free from corn, wheat, and soy
Scout’s Honor Guarantee: If your dog doesn’t like something, they replace it
Manufacture Location: Treats are from the USA and Canada

Bark Box Contents

Every month, Bark Box sends their customers five different products:
  • Two unique toys crafted by the company’s own designers
  • Two bags of treats from the USA and Canada
  • One chew that is also made in the USA or Canada

All their treats are free from corn, wheat, and soy. They do allow you to tailor the contents somewhat, and they work with food allergies.

However, what exactly you get in each box is a mystery! That’s part of the fun.

Bark Box does have a theme each month, usually based on the season or a holiday. Most toys and treats are curated around this theme each month.

Their items do seem to be high-quality. Most of their treats would easily fall into the “premium” category. Most of them are organic, for instance.

They only get their treats and toys from trusted vendors. Most of their toys are designed in-house, so you can’t find them elsewhere.

Plus, they offer a guarantee. If your dog doesn’t like something, Bark Box will replace it with something else.

Bark Box Value

The cost of a Bark Box depends on what subscription you choose. If you commit to a whole year, you end up paying less – for instance.

Based on several actual box samples, what you get in your box is usually worth more than the price of the box. Therefore, if you’re already spending $22 a month on toys and treats, you’ll get more for your money by investing in a Bark Box subscription.

However, much of the items included are premium. The treats are organic, and the toys are carefully curated.

If you don’t usually pay for premium items, you may end up spending more than usual.

Month-to-month subscriptions will likely cost about the same as the value of the toys and treats instead. Therefore, if you want to save substantial amounts, you’ll need to choose a 6-month or yearly subscription.

Overall, the value is there – if the premium treats and toys are what you’re looking for.

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What is BarkBox?

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BarkBox is one of the many subscription box services that cater to pet owners, specifically dog lovers. Subscriptions are gaining in popularity — you can get almost anything delivered to your door monthly, including groceries, wine, clothes, and more. It was about time for our dogs to jump on the bandwagon.

Most subscription packages are delivered monthly or weekly, with some even daily. BarkBoxes are delivered to your door monthly to make shopping for your dog more convenient. The primary allure is supplying your dog with new toys and training treats each month.

How Does BarkBox Work?

Each dog is different, even within the same breed. That is why BarkBox gives you customization options when you sign up.

You start by entering your dog’s size. The options include small, under 20 pounds; medium, ranging from 20 to 50 pounds; and large, 50+ pounds.

From there, you can also opt for your dog to get treats without certain ingredients. BarkBox will only send treats that are not the cause of typical allergies in dogs, including wheat, corn, and meat by-products.

If your dog has a specific allergy to a variety of meat, such as turkey, chicken, or beef, you can contact Barkbox, and it will accommodate these dietary needs.


Once you have started to receive your order, you can expect to receive a bill by the 3rd of the following month. Each new BarkBox gets shipped on the 15th of the month and should be at your door within the week.

Perhaps there is one month that your dog loves a specific kind of treat or toy, and you want to reorder it instead of waiting for that theme to come back around. BarkBox accommodates this as well, offering all its packing items for sale on its website. You can also use it to monitor the type of toys that you can expect in future subscription boxes.

What to Expect to Get in a BarkBox

Inside each BarkBox are two bags of treats, one chew treat, and two new toys. Typically, the treats and toys are selected based on your preferences and the monthly theme, making it fun for both you and your pup to unwrap.

The main idea is that you won’t know what is in the box until you open it.

To give you an example of what specific toys and treats you might expect, one of their themes is “Spa Day.”

The toys and treats could include:
  • Shauna in the Sauna sheep
  • Swedish Moosage crinkly cow
  • Baa Baa Biscuits
  • Beef Liver Crunchies
  • Glow Up Goose chew toy
  • Pure Pup Juice Cleanse squeaker

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What size Bark Box should I get for my dog?

Bark Box offers three different box sizes:
  • Small: for dogs under 20 pounds
  • Medium: for dogs between 20 and 49 pounds
  • Large: for dogs over 50 pounds

You can also contact customer service for the tiny box option, which is suitable for dogs under 9 pounds.

These sizes may not fit your canine exactly, though. You can always contact customer service to change the size after you’ve tried a box.

If you have a heavy chewer, consider sizing up.

How durable is a Bark Box toy?

Every dog is different. Some toys are better able to stand up to certain dogs than others. If your dog is a heavy chewer, they will probably go through toys faster.

Bark Box knows this and has a few policies to compensate. If your dog is a heavy chewer, you can request an upgrade to the More Durable Classic plan. This upgrade is completely free.

This upgrade adds extra liners to all of the plush toys in the box, making them stronger. The toys will still be plush, but they may stand up to heavier chewers for longer.

For dogs with extra-strong jaws, you may want to consider the Super Chewer box. It’s made by the same company as Bark Box, but the toys are extra-durable and never plushy.

Are the BarkBox Items High Quality?

Most dog owners want to protect their dogs and offer them the best. Not only that, but the longer that a toy lasts around your dog, the more it is worth.

Luckily, BarkBox seems to prioritize premium products. This focus is evidenced by its treats, which are entirely corn, soy, and wheat free and without any added by-products. It always chooses quality companies and is transparent with its sources and the ingredients in each of the treats.

The toys are also high quality. Many customers are delighted with their durability, even for dogs that are especially rough on their toys.

Which Pet Owners Suit BarkBox?

Theoretically, any dog owner could suit BarkBox. Many customers have dogs with allergies that require pickier choices. Since the treats are free from almost anything that causes typical allergies in dogs, they tend to make good options.

What are the BarkBox Subscription Options?

You might want to try BarkBox for a shorter amount of time, just to test it. Keep in mind that the longer you commit to your plan, the lower the cost will be each month.

The price for a single, one-month subscription is $29. If you can commit to 6 months of BarkBox deliveries, then the price per box drops to $25 each month. The most extended subscription is 1 year, and this costs only $21 each month.

It also has “pupgrades” for your box if you feel like being exceptionally generous to your pup. For $9, it will add another premium toy for them to play with.

There are also upgrades for heavy chewers. These include the Heavy Chewer and Super Chewer toys. The first starts at $39 for a single month, $34 for six months, and $29 per month for a 1-year subscription.

The Super Chewer subscription toys are durable and reliable. Barkbox believes in these products because it tests them out on wolves first, apparently.

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If you have been looking for a way to spoil your dog and simplify your life simultaneously, then you are a great candidate for a BarkBox. If you try them out and aren’t overly satisfied with the results, just set yourself a reminder to cancel the subscription.

Otherwise, you and your dog can have lovely bonding time each month as you unwrap and play with all their fun new toys. Who doesn’t love a good tug-and-chew?