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BarkBox Subscription Box Review & Coupon – October 2015


BarkBox is a monthly subscription box for dogs. It’s one of our favorite subscription boxes – our dog loves it, and we’ve gifted it to dogs in our extended family as well!

BarkBox customizes your box to your dog’s size. For reference, this review is for the small size (our dog weighs 14 pounds)

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The Subscription Box: BarkBox

The Cost: $29 a month, or $19 a month with a 12-month subscription.

COUPON: Get a free extra month when you sign up for a 6 or 12 month subscription. No coupon needed - just use this link.

The Products: Toys, treats and grooming products perfect for your dog based on their size.

Ships to: US and Canada

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Each box comes with a card detailing the items included. This month’s box theme is Bedtime Story.

Please Note: I’m using the values from the info card for each item.


BarkMade Peek-A-Boo-Hoo – Value $15

The dog loves this toy! The owl inside the witch’s hat is the perfect size for him to play with. It’s also super soft!


Etta Says PB Go Treats – Value $3

This is another puppy approved treat! These will be gone so quickly – they’re 100% natural and made in the US.

Sawmill Creek Smokehouse Half Pig – Value $3

These pig ears are from South Carolina and are made with no preservatives, fillers, or added hormones. We usually don’t give these to our dog because he tends to fly through them and just vomit it back up because he went too fast.


Bocce’s Bakery Chicken Treats – Value $10

Buckles is pretty hesitant with these bones, but I think that’s because the pig ear is still in play! This is a really nice size bag of these treats – and no that he’s digging in, we’ll get good use out of them!

Verdict: Typically, BarkBox’s value over cost is much higher. While this box comes in just over cost, it’s not quite what we’ve come to expect. Also, there have, typically, been 5 items in each box, while this month we’ve only received 4. Our dog loves all the items in the box, and that’s what matters most – but we’ll see if 4 items becomes the new normal.

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Written by Eric Cadman

Eric Cadman

Eric is the co-founder of My Subscription Addiction. He’s been hooked on geek subscription boxes since 2012 thanks to Loot Crate and Nerd Block. Geek boxes sparked his desire for collecting Funko Pops and comic book statues!

Posted in Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Dogs| Tags: barkbox | 12 comments

Comments (12)

  1. Received our first Barkbox and the 2 pups have not stopped playing with their toys for hours.Even the squeaky noise has lasted.
    Looking forward to the next Box.

  2. I got a similar box. Barkbox sends subscribers a survey each month so they can rate the contents of the box and offer suggestions for the future. I mentioned in my survey that I liked the box but was dissapointed in the value, which wasn’t what I had come to expect based on previous boxes. I mentioned that another toy or item would have made it a great box. Today, I got an email from customer support saying that they read my survey, were sorry about the low value, and gave me $10 plus free shipping to buy a toy from the barkshop! I am so impressed. That is truly excellent customer service.

  3. This was the last month of a 3-month sub that I purchased through Groupon. Our dog likes everything so far, even the pig ear which she’s never had before and totally sketches me out, but I let her have it since she was so into it. She squeaked the owl for about 20 minutes straight the first night. I keep trying to put the hat on her to take a pic, but she’s not having it. This was a better month than last (she doesn’t do nylon bones), but I still think I will go back to Pupjoy for awhile since we’ve only done one month of that, then decide which I like better. I do wish BarkBox was more customizable, like you could opt out of certain things.

  4. We get the medium box for our Sheltie, Oberon. This month was almost the same, except we got a different treat instead of the pig ear (memory isn’t working well today so I don’t remember what it was). Because there were 3 treats and 2 toys, it was an instant hit. For those who don’t know, Shelties are VERY food-oriented; Oberon’s pretty convinced that whatever food is in front of him is, in fact, the last food on the planet and he is in imminent danger of starving to death. He loved the stuffed owl, but the treats were (as always) the bigger draw.

  5. I cancelled last month after an exceptionally disappointing box. 1 toy, 3 bully sticks, and a bag of treats they had sent me before. No contents card, no values. That box was just ugly.

  6. Maybe that toy counts as two…

  7. Mine still had 5 items this month so that’s kind of odd. The value came in at $39 according to the info card–two plush toys at $10 each, chicken strips bagged treat at $8, Freeze dried beef at $8, and a pig ear at $3.

    • I had 5 items this month as well and my value was at $39.00. Are you part of the extra toy club?

  8. I have two labs and would love to get a box for them but is it enough to split between two dogs?

    • I split between three. There are usually two toys, two bagged treats and then something else. The something else might be a bone or a dog cleaning aid or whatever. The last two months it was bones. I just save up the extra treats until I have three. So I think it’s VERY shareable. And, OMG, the dogs LOVE getting their BarkBox every month.

      I did, however, get a completely different box than this. I got a bat toy, a squeaky rope toy, duck treats, some sort of fruity type treat and a bone. Same theme, just different items.

    • I split mine between two doxies and it works perfectly. One of my dogs loves toys and the other one loves treats…so its’ easy to split. I find that the treat bags are almost always a big enough size to last me the whole month. By the time we use those, our next box is being delivered. I love barkbox…one of my favorites subs that we get!

    • I split mine between my Cattle Dog (55lbs) and my Tibetan Spaniel Mix (18lbs) Right now we’re getting the medium box because the little guy doesn’t know how to play. Also the toys aren’t THAT big that he could play if he wanted to. But we can change sizes any time. The treat bags get split.
      Our Oct box had a value of $44 (not including our extra treat club) we got two packages of treats, and two toys (a battery operated squirrel tail thing and the dynamite giggle rope toy). We were supposed to get a salmon chew, but it wasn’t in the box. I emailed them and we got a $10 credit to the Barkshop.

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