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PupBox Subscription Box Review + Coupon – November 2019

PupBox November 2019 Box itself

PupBox is a monthly subscription box for puppies, focused on development and customized to the age and size of your dog. Choose from small (target adult weight of 0-20 pounds), medium (adult weight 20-60 pounds), large (adult weight 60-100 pounds), or extra large (100+ pounds).

This review is for a large, adult dog box for $39/month.

PupBox November 2019 Box Bottom

Quick Note: You can subscribe to PupBox for an adult dog, too. The box won’t be age-customized like it would be with a puppy, but they will still send lots of products for your dog to enjoy. 

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.)

PupBox November 2019 Box open

The box was so pretty this month! The red color is a special touch this month for their holiday-themed box. (PupBoxes are normally purple.)

PupBox November 2019 All the Goodies

About PupBox

The Subscription Box: PupBox

The Cost: $39 per month + free US shipping. Save with longer subscriptions.

COUPON: Use code MSA60 to save 60% off your first PupBox on any 3-, 6-, or 12-month subscription.

The Products: 5-7 items for puppies or dogs plus a full training guide for your dog’s age. One item will always be a bag of USA-made training treats. You might also receive items to help with house training, teething, and other puppy developmental stages.

Ships to: The US for free and Canada for $5


There was lots of great info in this month’s box! This month’s theme, “Yappy Howlidays,” really shone throughout the entire box, and it started off strong with some really great dog advice. The holidays can be a stressful time regardless, but there’s so much more around the house that a pupper can inadvertently get into! Some highlights of the advisories on this card include the decorations that can cause trouble, such as Christmas tree water and glass ornaments, and also pointed out that the holiday table can prove dangerous, too. Home-cooked bones can be brittle and cause choking, and even though dogs love the fat that can be part of holiday meats, these things shouldn’t be given to dogs. I’m really strict about my pup’s diet, so these reminders were really good to see.


Yappy Howlidays PupBox Scarf, Large

Dear readers, please meet my sweet lab-border collie mix, Archer, who turned a year old in August. My husband and I adopted him in March, and honestly, it’s the best decision we’ve made as a family in a really long time. I never thought I’d be so in love with a dog, but truly, he’s sort of the center of my universe? I’m just trying to roll with being completely obsessed with his sweet face. I try to refrain from dressing Archie up all the time, but I have a sweater, a Pittsburgh Penguins jersey, and more bandanas for him than I would like to admit. However, he doesn’t have a scarf! I love this piece because it’s so festive, a bright pattern, and we dress him in red a lot. The scarf feels really well-made and high-quality, and I thought the size was about perfect, but my little chewer was wayyyy too interested in the fluffy pom at the end. I had to remove this to keep him from, ahem, eating it. I’ll have to adjust it sometime so that it’s behind his back and away from those chompers.


CharmingPet Howliday Latex Squawker, Large

This toy absolutely cracked me up. Number one, it’s hilarious-looking, and they aren’t kidding about the “silly” part of the Silly Sounds. This thing doesn’t squeak, but rather makes an aaaaawHOOOOOOyeaaaaaahhhh noise that made me laugh so hard I almost peed my pants. It’s not overly loud, but the absolutely bizarre sound was an immediate hit with me, and, well, Archie absolutely LOVED it. He was so proud of himself, parading around the house with it, and then settled on the couch while my husband and I watched Christmas slasher movies (I know, it’s a little weird – but we love it). Sadly, I had my doubts about this toy hanging in there against my beast of a chewer, and of course, my macabre mutt ripped Mr. Chicken’s mouth off in about 18 minutes. That being said, I do believe this was still a high-quality item. I will freely admit that Arch is a crazy, crazy chewer – I’ve never seen a dog destroy toys like my boy does. I was so sad I had to take it away from him, though – I really loved the squawking.


Holiday Tails Get Pickled Cuddle Plush, Large – Listed Value $12.99

Our second toy contender in this lineup was this insanely adorable pickle plush! My husband and I participate in the traditional hiding of the pickle on our Christmas tree, so this toy felt like a really great fit for our family right away. I adore the pickle’s little face – those eyes are so cute. Archie went nuts for this guy immediately; his tail is blurry in the second picture because it wouldn’t stop wagging. Again, this toy was vanquished by my baby’s jaws of death; he found a way into the stitching on the hat, pulled out a good deal of the inner fluff, and liberated the squeaker, which he then played with for the rest of the night. I really liked that there was essentially a second toy inside the first; the squeaker had a little heart imprinted on it, and it has held up so far against repeated squeakings.


Holiday Tails Naughty and Nice Bone – Listed Value $7.99

I had super-high hopes for this sturdy, durable-looking plastic bone. The glitter is so festive, and while I didn’t get any of the advertised cinnamon scent, it’s so stinking cute! However, Archie started ripping smaller pieces of the plastic off from the outer perimeter, and I had to take all the pieces away from him. Again, I think this toy would be a great choice for mortal chewers; my boy is just a king of destruction (but isn’t he sooooo cute?).


Pearhead Pawprints Ornament Kit

I have to be perfectly honest, this item made me tear up a little bit. I would have loved to have done this with my husband’s family dog, who passed away this year, but I never got around to it, and definitely regretted it. I was so excited to see this in the box, and I’ve already decided we’re going to take some time on Christmas Eve to take Archie’s paw print, and put it on the tree together. I’m so happy we can do this as a happy memory at the beginning of our pup’s life, rather than regret not doing it after it’s too late.


PupBox Holiday Pork & Apple Treats

Lastly, we have the bag of treats that came in this month’s box! Now, full disclosure: my sweet boy is very food-motivated, and hardly picky when it comes to his goodies! That being said, these adorable pig-shaped treats had a nice smell (which isn’t always the case with meat-based treats!), are a good size for both training and reward, and seemed to be a big hit with my guy. I don’t have Archie on a grain-free diet, so I was pleased to see oat flour, rice flour, pork, apple, and carrot among its ingredients. It seemed like these have a fair amount of nutrition, considering they are a snack, and I am always on-board with treats that have a re-sealable bag.

Verdict: This box charmed the pants off of me, and Archie had a blast going through all the goods! Sadly, the toys didn’t stand up to my dude’s power-jaws, but I knew going into this box that it was going to be really challenging to find toys that can stand up to his teeth. I was totally blown away by the theme; everything was so super-cute without being too cheesy or over-the-top. The variety was really nice, and I cannot wait to make that paw ornament with my husband. Based on what I spend on toys for my guy, the three toys in this box would make the box pay for itself, and getting the scarf, ornament kit, and treats on top of that was awesome. I felt like there was a lot of value here, in the quality of everything, the thought that went into the items, and the curation included things I wouldn’t have thought of necessarily. I was really impressed!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes! The holiday box will be shipping for all subscribers until 12/13.

COUPON: Use code MSA60 to save 60% off your first PupBox on any 3-, 6-, or 12-month subscription.

Value Breakdown: This box cost $39 with free US shipping, meaning you’re paying about $6.50 for each of the 6 items.

Check out our other PupBox review and our list of the best subscription boxes for dogs!

What do you think of this pawsomely festive PupBox? Also, feel free to discuss my dog in the comments! 😉


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Written by Laine Wooliscroft

Laine Wooliscroft

Laine is a life-long movie enthusiast who loves YA novels, estate sales, and hikes that make her legs hurt the next day. Her subscription journey started in 2014 with Ipsy, and now her favorite boxes contain craft beer, horror/spooky items, and toys for her beloved lab mix, Archie.

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Comments (10)

  1. Archie looks so regal in his scarf.

    I teared up too when I saw the paw impression. When my dog passed away 6 years ago they made a paw impression. I’d never even seen it before then. I’m so thankful they did that. I treasure it.

    • Thanks so much for your comment about Archie! And I’m so glad you have a keepsake of your own pup <3

  2. Ha, I just watched an episode of “Shark Tank” with this box! That’s too funny. Love seeing your adopted pup!

    • Thank you so much! (And I’m a secret Shark Tank binge-watcher!)

  3. Laine….so glad you ADOPTED a pup and didn’t shop. Dogs are magical creatures with super powers that make life so much better. Welcome to the crazy dog Mom life. Isn’t it just the best!!?? ❤️🐾💙

    • It IS the best, Kelly! I am so happy that we were able to give him the home he really deserves 😀

  4. Archer is indeed lovely!
    Use caution with the pawprint maker. I had that same one and the…material, whatever it is, you make the print in stuck to my girl’s toes. A lot! It might just have been her hot little toes, but be prepared. Maybe check to feel if it sticky before using it.

    • This is an awesome tip, thanks so much! And thanks for the compliment on my sweet boy!

  5. Archer is adorable! This seems like a nice curated box. I love the scarf and the Christmas pickle! And including the diy ornament is a great idea. Like you said, I should find some of those to do with my pups before it’s too late. Great review!

    • Thank you so much for the kind words, Kassie! 😀

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