Toby’s Treasure Box for Dogs Review – January 2019
Toby’s Treasure Box is a subscription box for dogs customized to your dog’s needs (dietary, chewing style, breed) and size. Choose from a single pet box or a family size box.
This is a review of the Single Pet, $33 a month, box.
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.)
From Toby’s Treasure Box:
Our key goal is to be a socially responsible company that positively affects the lives of other people and animals, by giving back in many ways and paying it forward.
They support the Autism Community, Companions for Heroes, and The United States War Dogs Association.
About Toby’s Treasure Box
The Subscription Box: Toby’s Treasure Box
The Cost: $33/month on a month-to-month basis for a single dog box. Save with longer subscriptions or get a family-size box for a little bit more.
The Products: Toys, treats, and chews curated according to a detailed profile quiz you fill out for your dog. (They may even contact you after you fill out the quiz to get more specifics.)
Ships to: US (free to lower 48, calculated at checkout for Alaska and Hawaii)
Toby’s Treasure Box January 2019 Review
Toby’s Treasure Box 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 IBD (who can’t have grains, soy, chicken, pork, beef, turkey, or duck):
Because this box is customized, you won’t receive a traditional information card. They do send out collectible cards, of which I’ve shown one above (I didn’t photograph all of them since part of the value in the subscription is the information on the cards). You’ll receive a binder for your cards after your 8th box, or you can opt out of receiving the cards if you are concerned about the environmental impact. These may contain breed profiles, training tips, or health and wellness information.
Multipet Skele-Ropes Pig Toy – Retail Value $14.86
This is stuffing-free and made of pretty tough material with reinforced stitching. It lasted for awhile, even with tugging, which is great, because Nyx can be super destructive when she sets her mind to it.
Fruitables Skinny Minis Pumpkin and Mango Soft and Chewy Dog Treats (5 oz) – Retail Value $5.99 (found here for $4.99)
I was happy to see these – no animal proteins and no grains means Nyx can have them. And because they’re small, she can have a couple a day. (We don’t do large numbers of treats with her so as not to upset the delicate balance that is her digestive system.) She thinks they’re great.
Nutrisource Rabbit Bites Dog Treats (6 oz) – Retail Value $4.39
I would be fine with feeding Nyx rabbit, but this also happened to have chicken fat in it, so I’m going to have to pass these along for another dog to enjoy. They’re small and would be useful as training treats. (I would here like to offer my complaint about pet food companies that prominently feature a novel protein like duck, rabbit, or venison on the label and then have all kinds of chicken, pork, turkey, and fish ingredients as fillers, that make the foods unsuitable for dogs and cats with allergies or IBD.)
Rogz Grinz Dog Toy (large) – Retail Value $5.66
This has a hole in the back for you to put treats or peanut butter or something. It’s much less rigid than a KONG toy, for some perspective. Anyway, Nyx enjoyed trying to lick peanut butter out of this, but it didn’t make for good pictures because she did not, of course, put it in her mouth the way all the dogs in the advertisements do.
These have cow’s milk and yak milk in them and you put them in the microwave and they puff up. I haven’t let Nyx have them yet (she’s done OK on them before) since she only gets one treat every few days due to her condition. We make sure she can handle what she’s just had before giving her something else. But these will keep for awhile. (This company’s profits go towards empowering women in Nepal.)
Here is Nyx with one of the Fruitables treats.
And here she is with the pig toy. This thing was pretty tough.
Verdict: I calculated a value of about $33.69 for the January 2019 Toby’s Treasure Box. That is right about the cost of the subscription, so you are basically breaking even. I am OK with that for this box, in particular, because of the level of customization. A lot of dog boxes are “one size fits all” and if your dog has food issues or is a destructive chewer (both are true for Nyx), you may be stuck with 2-3 items that don’t work for you. (Nyx can rarely have *any* of the treats from most dog boxes.) But Nyx can have several of the treats this month and both of the toys seemed pretty durable and that is a better-than-usual return for us from a dog subscription box.
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 and of course Nyx’s dietary restrictions are more stringent than most.
Value Breakdown: At $33 for this box, you are paying approximately the following per item:
- Pig toy $14.56
- Fruitables $5.87
- Rabbit treats $4.30
- Rogz ball $5.54
- Yaky puffs $2.73
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