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BarkBox for Large Dogs Box Review + Coupon – February 2016


BarkBox is a subscription box for dogs.  It’s the most popular dog subscription box.  You’ve seen the small dog version, but since they customize based on dog size, we thought you might like to see what you’d get if you have a large dog, so this is a review of the “Big & Bold” box for a 50+ pound dog.  (My dog, Nyx, is a Rottweiler who currently weighs about 84 pounds.)

My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

The Subscription Box: BarkBox


The Cost: $29 per month on a month-to-month plan, save with longer subscriptions!

COUPON: Get a free extra month when you sign up for any length subscription with code FREEBIEBOXMSA


Save 10% off any new BarkBox subscription with code ADDICTION.

The Products:  Toys, treats, and grooming products selected for your dog based on size (choose “Small and Cute” for 0-20 pounds, “Just Right” for 20-50 pounds, and “Big & Bold” for dogs 50+ pounds).

Ships to: US and Canada

Check out lots of great boxes for dogs in the Pet Subscription Box Directory!  And see Liz’s and Eric’s reviews of the small dog version of BarkBox here!

Good to Know: BarkBox offers a heavy chewer option.  After you sign up, you can email them to request this.  This box is supposedly the heavy chewer option.



The theme this month was Chinese New Year!  I’ve gotten a lot of Valentine’s Day themed boxes this month, so I’m happy to have something different for a change.


Benny’s Famous Noodles Toy – Value $14

This was really two toys in one – the outer carton is like a plush toy (no stuffing but something crinkly inside) and then the “noodles” inside were a rope toy.  Nyx thought this was fun.


Butcher’s Block Bones 9” Krunchie Tube – Value $5 (?)

The link is to a similar item because I couldn’t find the 9 inch krunchie tubes online.  Nyx has had these before and thought they were awesome.  I will probably take a chance with it – if I don’t give her any treats a few days before or after, she’ll probably be able to handle it OK.  (If you’re reading this and unfamiliar with my dog’s issues, she has inflammatory bowel disease and we have to be super careful about her diet.)

Blue Furchun Cookie Toy – Value $14

This seems pretty sturdy.  You can put some treats inside it or I think peanut butter or wet food would also work, since there don’t seem to be any parts that would hurt doggie tongues!


Healthy Dogma Chicken Kung Pow! Barkers (5 oz) – Value $8

BarkBox does really well with sticking to a theme.  I think it helps that so many companies will custom make or custom package items for them.  The packaging here is adorable.  They’re free of wheat and gluten and made in the USA!

Nootie Chomp Sticks Dental Treats for Dogs (4.7 oz) – Value $10

These are also grain free and are made and sourced in the USA.  So important for dog treats.  The picture of the Furchun cookie shows it with a treat like this so that is one option.  These must’ve been popular as they are currently sold out in the BarkBox shop.


So what Nyx is staring at in this picture is the third rope ball from the noodle toy, which I am holding above my head.   After she removed it from the toy…

Verdict: I calculated a value of about $51 for this month’s BarkBox (large dog version).  I thought the theme was pretty fun (and not the same theme as every other dog subscription box this month, and believe me, I see a lot of dog boxes…).  The toy was of average durability for a destructive dog like Nyx but would probably last longer with most dogs.  I love that the treats are made and sourced in the USA.  Also, the value is pretty good for a dog subscription, especially if you do a multi-month subscription or use a coupon.

What do you think of the February 2016 BarkBox dog subscription box? Do you subscribe to any dog or cat boxes?


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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).

Posted in Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Dogs| Tags: barkbox | 13 comments

Comments (13)

  1. Ragan:

    Besides your adorable cats, you also have a striking dog. Nyx is gorgeous! My last dog (a rescue) was part Rottweiler. From looking at him a person could only tell he was part Rottweiler and Keeshond. But he had many other breeds in his make-up. Is your Nyx gentle? She looks like she would be. My Rotty (his actual name, the people at the shelter named him) was also gentle. I wonder if gentleness tends to be a characteristic of Rottweilers. Again, thank you for sharing Nyx and your cats with the MSA members and me.

  2. They have improved the large dog box 100x since I unsubscribed. Still, I would call this box for a ‘moderate chewer’ not a heavy chewer. My Demon Dog would have taken those toys apart in a day. She is a monster and a monster chewer. So, while this is definitely improving, they need to get serious about heavy chewers if they want our business back. If they want to know what that looks like, they should check out Pooch Party Packs. I asked for heavy chewer stuff from them and they do NOT mess around. We have toys from them that have actually lasted several months now. It’s awesome.

  3. LOVED that noodle toy for our boy, Kato. It was destroyed, of course, but it lasted longer than I thought it would. He couldn’t seem to decide if he wanted to chew on the ropes and play tug with them or stick his whole nose into the box and make it crinkle over and over again.

  4. My mom get BarkBox for my sister’s dog. He got the “noodles” and his nickname is Benny!

  5. I used to subscribe to Bark Box and really liked it. I quit because we didn’t need so many toys, just wanted treats. I’m currently trying Pet Treater since they have a treats only option (also, a toys only option, I think). And, the option to receive boxes every other month, which is what I chose.

    • I receive 6 or 7 dog boxes a month to review here so Nyx gets to destroy new toys every day! But what I am seeing is that there are a LOT of options for dog boxes: natural/organic, toys only, treats only, heavy chewers, exclusive items, discount/closeout stuff for maximum value, etc. So there’s really something for everyone.

      • What have you found for toys only? Our pup has a ton of allergy issues so I need something with toys only. We have Amazon Prime so I was thinking of just ordering toys from there every month but it’s just not the same.

      • My favorite toys-only so far is Bullymake Box. It is for heavy chewers, though, so there are no plushes.

  6. Ragan- Do they guarantee that all their edible treats are from the US? Been thinking of subscribing, and while my Bernese Mountain Dogs have cast-iron stomachs, I still try to avoid giving them any non-US treats for their safety. Thanks!

    • I copied the following from their website:

      “We totally understand your concern for your pups health, we feel the same way! We have extremely high standards for all of the edible items we select for the boxes. All treats are sourced from the USA and Canada, and chews are sourced from the USA, Canada, South America, Australia and New Zealand. Rest assured, we would never send items we would not give our own very spoiled pups.

      Here are our head product tester Scout’s standards when testing edible items: Minimal processing; wheat, soy, corn, filler-free whenever possible; organic whenever possible. We are moving toward limited, if not single, ingredient products.”

      Nyx has severe dietary issues but I do feed my cats treats from Canada and food/treats from New Zealand with no issues.

      • Thanks so much!! Hadn’t delved far enough into their FAQ, apparently.

      • It was kind of buried…

    • Per their faq: All treats are sourced from the USA and Canada, and chews are sourced from the USA, Canada, South America, Australia and New Zealand.

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