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BarkBox Subscription Box Review + Coupon – January 2020

Megan K.
ByMegan K.Feb 26, 2020 | 10 comments

3.5 overall rating
171 Ratings | 109 Reviews

BarkBox is a reader-favorite monthly subscription box for dogs.

BarkBox customizes your box to your dog’s size. For reference, this review is for the medium size, which is recommended for dogs 20-50 lbs. We recently changed the size because Tucker, our Standard Poodle, is the most playful pup in the house when it comes to toys.

FYI: Two of my dogs are quite old! Piper (the minpin) has to eat soft food and has trouble with hard treats. Charlie is a pug, and a glutton who will eat LITERALLY anything. They both still really enjoy toys, though it has been years since either of them managed to destroy anything.

If you have a younger pup or just one who needs toys of the rough and tumble variety, I highly recommend trying the Super Chewer subscription (read our reviews to learn more!).

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About BarkBox

The Subscription Box: BarkBox

The Cost: $29 a month + free shipping. Save with longer subscriptions.

ACTIVE DEAL: Expiring Soon! Double your first box for free when you sign up for multimonth subscription. No coupon needed - just use this link.

The Products: Toys, treats, and grooming products perfect for your dog based on their size.

Ships to: The contiguous US for free, Puerto Rico, Alaska, Hawaii, and Canada for $8

January 2020 BarkBox "Snowbound Hounds" Review

The details behind our items this month were printed inside, on the box lining.

The January box included 2 toys, 2 bags of treats, and a chew - this is close to what you can expect with your monthly subscription, though it does vary for everyone once in a while.

A lot of these items are marked as 'Sold Out' on the BarkBox app - but they have a little 'As Seen In BarkBox' section of the BarkShop where you can grab items featured in monthly themes.


Snowman Nose Nibblers, two 4.5 oz bags

I was initially a little disappointed to receive two bags of the same treats because the second bag should have been the snowman's eyes. I then remembered that I made a personal request of the BarkBox team that all of the treats I get be at least a little soft due to Piper's lack of teeth. I am guessing this is why I happened upon two identical bags of treats. Needless to say, the dogs didn't know or care. They just loved these little nibblers and they were soft enough for Piper to indulge in.

As usual, the treats commanded intense focus at attention!


Toboggan Noggin - Retail Value $10.00

I am always blown away with how creative the BarkBox team is. This round rubber ball is covered in a cloth "snow" fabric and has inserts for treat "eyes" and a "nose." Tucker is obsessed with round toys so I knew he would adore this. He was also really excited when it squeaked for the first time. It kind of sent him into a really adorable frenzy.


Winter Bod Toy - Retail Value $10.00

This base attaches to the squeaky head. It has a pair of arms that tug back and forth inside the body. There is a squeaker inside too, and a little crinkle action. The yellow pee spot really made me chuckle.


Here are both sections attached together to form the snowman!

Though we didn't get eye treats, I did manage to stuff some of the nose treats into the sockets.

Tucker obviously didn't care either way.

The treats didn't last long, but he was still very interested in this toy even after he ate them because he adores round squeaky things.

He also seemed to enjoy tugging on the arms and the crinkle in the base really got him really wound up.


Sweet Potato Chew Stick

The little ones have been putting themselves to bed lately, which is both adorable, and also sad. They are so old! Tucker is the sole recipient of these chews and I saved it for one of those nights where we ended downstairs solo. He loved this and devoured it very quickly!

Verdict: BarkBox always gets my pups so excited. Even though Piper and Charlie are seniors, they still get really excited to see the box arrive at home! The snowman toy this month was so creative and Tucker loved it. I appreciate the team sending treats that Piper can also enjoy, and these little snowmen noses were a big hit!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Customer care let us know that your first box will now always be either their Welcome Box or the current month’s box, followed by the normal schedule the following month.

ACTIVE DEAL: Expiring Soon! Double your first box for free when you sign up for multimonth subscription. No coupon needed - just use this link.

Value Breakdown: At $35/month + free shipping for this box, each of the 5 items has an average cost of $7.00.

Check out all of our reviews of BarkBox and our other favorite pet subscription boxes.

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Megan K.
Megan K.
I love natural/vegan beauty products, Korean skincare, unique jewelry, and weird candies from far away places. When I am not waiting for my next exciting box you can find me painting or taking photographs of interesting people. I never leave home without pug hair somewhere on my shirt and a bold lipstick on my smile.

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Is there anyway of getting the scooby box through you guys?

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Great review. My dog loves the “crinkly” parts of the stuffed animals. Your dogs are all very cute!

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Michelle Whitehead

That is the ugliest toy Barkbox has sent and of course Bam Bam won’t let it go. I don’t read the cards, Bam is so excited I can barely get the stuff out of the box fast enough, so I didn’t realize I could stick treats in there. Game changer thought as I said he already loves it.

This box never ever dfissappoints. The Feb box is all about the Oscars. Hysterical!!

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Megan K.

Tucker is also very partial to this snowman head. It loved in his bed with him!

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Adorable kids! Barkbox does an amazing job with toys and snacks. Unfortunately, Louie no longer gets a box monthly. He has a stockpile of the toys and plays with them every day. He especially enjoys giving the Dognald a good beat down at least a few times a week. Again, I love your reviews, Megan.

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Megan K.

Thank you Dawn 🙂
Tucker is building quite the stockpile.. for a dog that just realized what toys actually are, he has committed himself to a collection. I try to pass along at least half of his to a neighbor with a big sheepdog though.

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Have they recently had that coupon where you got an extra toy in each box for a six or twelve month subscription? I subscribed a year ago and am looking to do so again but only with that coupon! I felt like it made the price worth it. Great review btw, nice to know they will swap things out based on your dogs needs!

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Hey Tessa they had that coupon over the holidays. They had a few different deals but the one I jumped on was for existing subscribers to do a 1 year sub at like $269 I think and it came with an extra toy each month of the year long sub. Brought the boxes down to under $23/month with the extra toy! If you message them, their CS may do something for you since you missed this promo. I do think they were only offering it to current subscribers though.

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Your dogs are beautiful!

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Megan K.

Thank you! I agree, most of the time. 😉

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