Pupjoy Dog Subscription Box Review + Coupon – January 2018
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.
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.)
Pupjoy January 2018 Review
Pupjoy can vary a lot from subscriber to subscriber depending on what parameters you select during sign-up. But let’s see what they sent for a large-breed dog with grain allergies:
There’s not a traditional information card for this box due to the degree of customization available.
Scout & Zoe’s Natural Elk Antler Chew (large) – Retail Value $22
This had a label that said “large,” and according to Scout & Zoe’s, “large” is for 30-50 pound dogs. I do feel this is a bit small for Nyx (on the Scout & Zoe’s site, “jumbo” is suggested for Rottweilers) so I will probably pass it along. I would love to get a larger one in a future box, though, because I think elk antler is something Nyx could safely chew on with her dietary issues.
Premier Meat Market 8” Odor-Free Bully Stick – Estimated Value $1.50
This appears to be a wholesale-only brand so I’ve estimated the value based on similar products. This is allegedly an “odor free” bully stick and it did not have a scent when I opened the box. (However, Nyx can’t chew on it due to her IBD issues, so I can’t verify that.) If your dog has grain sensitivities, this is a great, single-ingredient chew. I know plenty of people with dogs who would appreciate this, though, so I can easily pass it along.
Gear Hound Turducken & Sweet Potato Dog Treats (4 oz) – Estimated Value $6
This product was exclusive to Pupjoy and was not available yet in the Pupjoy shop. I love that it’s grain free and that it has turkey and duck, which are not as allergenic as chicken (though there may be some cross-reactions for dogs having issues with other poultry, so feed with caution if your dog has food sensitivities). These are hard treats that are free of wheat, corn, and soy.
Planet Dog Orbee Tuff Snowball – Retail Value $15
We received one of these in the past from another dog subscription box so I can tell you that it lasts a long time (in fact, we may pass this along since Nyx’s first one in still in such good shape). It has small holes on the top and bottom so you can put treats in there.
Gaines Family Farmstead Sweet Potato Chips (8 oz) – Retail Value $11
We’ve received other shapes of dehydrated sweet potato products from this brand in past Pupjoy boxes and I was thrilled to see more. They don’t have any added flavors, they’re just sweet potato, so Nyx can eat them. And she loves them. They also work quite well with one of the treat-dispensing toys that came this month.
Pupjoy Steak Jerky Dog Treats (6 oz) – Retail Value $7
This is made and sourced in the USA. Although Nyx can’t have steak, I am generally fond of this brand and product type (we have gotten some venison jerky from them in the past that she could eat). One thing I like about Pupjoy branded treats is you can actually buy them again if you want more (that is not possible for every dog subscription with exclusive treats).
Cycledog 3-Play Hippo (medium) – Retail Value $15
I think this is adorable. But hot pink has been my favorite color lately. This is made from eco-friendly recycled rubber and has a slot in the bottom where you can put a treat (see photos of it in action below). Nyx liked this most when it had treats in it.
She’s like, “put another treat in there already.”
Nyx is very excited to have treats she can actually eat.
Here she is, pulling a sweet potato chip from the hippo.
She wasn’t quite so into the hippo when there wasn’t a treat in it. I think some peanut butter inside might be just her thing. Also, Monkey photobomb.
Verdict: I calculated a value of $77.50 for the January 2018 Pupjoy Box. That’s a great value for this box, especially considering the durable toys and grain-free treats. I was thrilled to get the sweet potato chips since Nyx can’t have very many treats due to her IBD, though I do wish the antler had been a bit larger. Don’t forget that you can customize this subscription quite a bit as well as reorder your favorite items in the Pupjoy Shop.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, your first box would probably be February’s. Also, box content can vary a lot based on your dog’s profile quiz. (Some past boxes may be available in the Pupjoy shop.)
Value Breakdown: At $44 for this box, you are paying approximately the following per item:
- Antler $12.49
- Bully Stick $0.85
- Gear Hound Treats $3.41
- Snowball $8.52
- Sweet Potato Chips $6.25
- Steak Jerky $3.97
- Hippo Toy $8.52
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What do you think of the January 2018 Pupjoy? Do you subscribe to any dog boxes?