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Pupjoy Dog Subscription Box Review + Coupon – October 2016

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Pupjoy is a fully customizable subscription box for dogs. Treats are made in the US, often from smaller or artisan producers. You can select a box for one or multiple dogs, a box containing treats only, toys and accessories only or all three categories of items. Other choices include grain free, protein sensitive, and organic, toy preferences, and dog size.

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This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

This is a review of Grande-sized Natural, $39 a month box, which includes grain free treats and “inquisitive”-durable toys (that is, designed for dogs who destroy soft toys). The size selected was “large,” which is 50-100 pounds. (My dog, Nyx, is a Rottweiler who weighs about 87 pounds right now.)

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The Subscription Box: Pupjoy

The Cost: $29 a month for the Uno-size Natural Box, $33 a month for the Uno-size Premium Box, $39 a month for the Grande-size Natural Box, $44 a month for the Grande-size Premium Box.

COUPON: Get $10 off when you sign up for the PupJoy mailing list!

The Products: Toys, treats, and accessories customized for your pet’s needs and preferences

Ships to: US (free), and lots of other countries listed on the checkout page (contact Pupjoy for shipping costs outside the US)

Check out all of our Pupjoy reviews and lots of great boxes for dogs in the Pet Subscription Box Directory!

Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!

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There’s not a traditional information card for this box, but you can go to Pupjoy’s website to learn more about the items you recieve.

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Ewegurt Peppermint Dog Shampoo Bar (2.5 oz) – Value $6.50

When I opened this box, I thought, “gee, that smells good.” Which is honestly a weird reaction to have for a dog subscription box! It was because of this dog shampoo bar, which is made with sheep’s milk yogurt and a lot of natural oils (coconut, olive, etc.). It is a little bit cold to give Nyx baths right now (we do the hose in the driveway thing), but I am excited to try this out because it is supposed to be moisturizing and to help itchy skin and Nyx definitely needs that!

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Scout & Zoe’s Chicken Jerky Sticks Dog Treats (6 oz) – Value $15.99

These are made in Indiana from boneless, skinless chicken breasts (no preservatives!). Nyx can’t have chicken due to her inflammatory bowel disease, but there are a lot of customization options with this subscription so if your dog has allergies or food issues, be sure to mention those when you are signing up so you can get treats that will work for your dog.

Jax & Bones Good Karma Rope Toy (for heavy chewers!) – Value $13

Look at the bottom of the product page for this one; there are a lot of really cute toys in this product line (I especially like the sea creatures). Anyway, Nyx loves rope toys and tends to use them as chew toys rather than tug toys, so this was perfect for her.

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Zippy Paws Warriorz with Z-Stitch (“Archibald the Archer”) – Value $9.99

I was very happy to see this toy. Last month, we received a ZippyPaws Z-Stitch snake and that thing is so tough, Nyx is still able to play with it, whereas usually toys last us about 5 minutes (or less). This one is similarly durable and also an appropriate size for a large-breed dog. (Nyx currently weighs about 87 pounds.)

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Clear Conscience Pet Ginger Yaps (7 oz) – Value $6.49

I first learned about this brand through subscription boxes; Clear Conscience Pet really has a focus on good ingredients. These particular treats appear to be discontinued (the link above is to a site that says they are not in stock, but it did have a price). However, these were not expired and they are free of grains, gluten, GMOs, and glycerin. A lot of dogs do have problems with grains and gluten so it is nice to see treats without them.

Max & Ruffy’s Natural Organic Treats for Dogs in Sweet Potato & Alfalfa (8 oz) – Value $7.25

These are high in fiber and the starchy carbohydrates come from buckwheat flour (buckwheat is not actually a grain) and sweet potato. These are grain free and also free of animal proteins so they are an excellent choice for dogs with food allergy and sensitivity issues. They also come in a mini version for smaller dogs.

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Here are a few shots of Nyx enjoying the ZippyPaws toy.

Verdict: I calculated a value of $59.22 for the October Pupjoy Box. That is a fair amount over the cost of the box, is an improvement over last month’s value, and is especially good for a box that is more customized and that offers more options for grain free and allergy-friendly treats. Plus, the toys were quite durable (and actually suitable for a large dog). Although one of the treats seems to be discontinued, overall, I thought this box was put together quite well.

What do you think of the October 2016 Pupjoy? Do you subscribe to any dog boxes?

Written by Ragan Buckley

Ragan Buckley

Ragan stumbled across My Subscription Addiction in late 2013 and immediately subscribed to way too many beauty boxes. She’s now focused on boxes for her cats and dog, vegan/vegetarian food boxes, and craft subscriptions (and she didn’t give up beauty boxes entirely).
All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

2 Comments

  1. First time buyer of PupJoy. I’m unsure if the box I received was the October box or the November box. I just received it today, November 5th. The box I ordered was the Uno sized box with all natural treats, inquisitive (durable) toys and accessories, for a teacup sized (<9lbs) dogs for $29.00 (month-to-month sub)

    I have an 8lb miniature pinscher named Cody who is destructive, so I was hoping that the "durable" option with this box would help get toys geared toward him.

    I received 4 items in this box.

    Cody's favourite was the WeeHuggles Durable, All-Natural Rope Knotties, Duck Dog Toy (Priced at $5.95). He had a piece off of this in less than 5 minutes, and the head off of it in less than 20 minutes, so it had to be thrown away.

    The other toy was a ZippyPaws Squeaky Pad Ladybug (Priced at $5.99). He played with this some, but it didn't inspire his typical "new toy obsession".

    We received two types of treats, Benji's Farm, Spunky Organic Treats, which are no longer available for purchase anywhere, so I have to refer to the PupJoy store price, which is $12. The other treats were BareItAll goBARE Crunchers (Priced at $9.99). Both bags have an expiration date of October 2018.

    The total price of everything in the box was $33.93. The cost of the box for the month was $29.99. A surplus of $3.94, which would partially cover shipping. Overall, I'd say this box breaks even. As far as quality of the content, I was somewhat disappointed. One more toy may have made this box better. No "accessory" was included, but perhaps they don't put one in every box. The WeeHuggles rope toy was his favourite, but if you've ever seen one it is definitely unfortunate looking, and obviously didn't have the staying power I would have liked to see (which I suspected it wouldn't when I first saw it). Overall, I may give PupJoy one more month as it reviewed so well everywhere I looked; however, I was not impressed this month and will likely look for other options. I wish BullyMake had a smaller dog option, but I may have to try them out anyway.

    Hope this helps offer a small dog perspective on this box for you. Wish I could include my pictures!

    • Bullymake Box lets you choose your dog’s size in 10 pound increments (although I’m not sure what the lower limit is). The toys Nyx gets are for an 80 pound dog. Also you can get a version of Bullymake Box with treats (we just don’t do that for Nyx because of her IBD).

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