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, dog size, and frequency you'd like to receive boxes.
This is a review of the "Grande" sized box, which includes 5-7 items and starts at $39.00. I chose the "Toys & Treats" option, with grain-free treats and a variety of toys (not just plush). I selected "Large" for the dog size, which is 50-100 pounds. (My dog, Nyx, is a Rottweiler who weighs about 87 pounds right now.) The total cost of this specific box ended up being $44.00.
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.)
The Subscription Box: Pupjoy
The Cost: The Uno box (4-5 items) starts at $29.00 per box, and the Grande box (5-7 items per month) starts at $39.00 per box. The cost may increase depending on your preferences. This review is of a Grande, "Toys & Treats" box with grain-free treats and a variety of toys (not just plush) for a large dog (50-100 pounds), which ended up being $44.00 + free US shipping.
The Products: Toys, treats, and accessories customized for your pet’s needs and preferences
Ships to: US (free) and lots of other countries, which are listed on the checkout page. (Contact Pupjoy for shipping costs outside the US.)
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
There’s not a traditional information card for this box due to the degree of customization available.
These have a pretty simple ingredients list–brown rice flour, apple, water, egg, honey, and coconut oil. They will be good for dogs with most protein sensitivities (egg doesn’t seem to cause the same issues as chicken, in my experience), and it is nice they are also free of wheat, corn, and soy. They are a good source of fiber (and fiber definitely helps dogs with certain digestive issues).
Premier Meat Market 8” Bully Stick - Value $3.00?
I am having trouble finding this exact item online, so I have looked at a handful of similar items and come up with a price estimate. This doesn’t have a noticeable odor, which is nice. I’d recommend trying to get your dog not to chew it on carpet, though, as it might cause a stain if it gets too wet.
The Perfect Pet Products: The Perfect Treat Bone - Value $15.00
This is supposed to be resistant to chew marks. We will see. It usually takes Nyx a few sessions with a toy of this nature to really cause damage. There are treat pockets on each end, and Nyx had a little easier time figuring this one out than she did with the peanut (see below).
Ruffdawg’s The Peanut - Value $17.99
I’m kind of sad we didn’t get the hot pink one (see the link above for an example), but Nyx doesn’t really care. You can put treats in here, or even fill it with water and freeze it. (I think that’s what I’m going to try next–Nyx loves ice.) Nyx really doesn’t understand treat-dispensing toys, but we did try that here. Eventually, she will learn.
Noah’s Bark with Peanutty Perfection, 14 oz - Value $13.00
These are vegetarian and free of wheat, corn, and soy. The ingredients are all sourced from the US or Canada. They do have oats, so, unfortunately, Nyx can’t have them, but they will be good for a lot of dogs with allergies or protein sensitivities. These are a harder, biscuit-style treat.
4 Paws Butcher Shop Turkey and Duck Burger, 4 oz - Value $15.00
These have lots of fruits and veggies in them in addition to white meat turkey and duck breast. (Dogs are omnivores so the fruits and veggies make sense.) These are slow-roasted and don’t require refrigeration. They’re also made in the USA, which is super important with any dog treats.
Here are some pictures of Nyx with the peanut toy. I put some sweet potato sticks in there, and she had a hard time getting them out, but it kept her busy for awhile.
The Verdict: I calculated a value of about $70.00 for the September Pupjoy Box. That’s quite a lot higher than the month-to-month cost of the subscription. I really feel with this box that you get a lot of high-quality and premium items, as well as a lot of all-natural treats. You can customize, to a degree, especially if you want to avoid specific proteins or grains, so if your dog has some food allergies or sensitivities, you can definitely make this one work for you. I did enjoy Nyx’s expressions while she was working on the peanut, and I appreciate the different treat styles–you don’t get four bags of biscuits, but rather four different styles of treats and chews.
What do you think of the September 2017 Pupjoy? Do you subscribe to any dog boxes?