PupBox Subscription Box Review + Coupon – August 2020
PupBox is typically 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.
Quick Note: This is the PupBox for an adult dog. The puppy subscription is geared toward any age-range of young puppies to help you train and entertain them as they grow towards adulthood.
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: PupBox
The Cost: $39 per month + free US shipping and $5 shipping to Canada. Save with longer subscriptions.
COUPON: Use code CEO20 to $20 first box.
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
PupBox Adult Dog Box Review August 2020
This month’s PupBox feels like such a sweet goodbye to summer! It’s still super hot where I live, so this recipe for frozen dog treats was a nice surprise.
I’m always looking for new ideas to keep Arch occupied, and to keep him cool, and I loved the extra tip to use this recipe on a rope toy! Rope toys have to be majorly supervised in my house, but I think freezing them would be a great way to make them tougher and last longer.
Soda Pup Nylon Stuffable Cherry Pie
My favorite thing that Archie can do is take toys out of his toy bin. Yes, there are definitely more useful tricks or commands he could have mastered, but I cannot tell you how adorable it is! He’ll walk over to the bin, carefully select something with his teeth, and carry it out, prancing around, so proud of himself. No matter how many times he does it, I feel like a proud parent at a child’s sporting event, I cheer so loudly. It didn’t take long for this piece of pie to go solidly into his selection rotation! This tough slice really holds up to his jaws, and he loves tossing it around the house. You can see the little squares in it that could be filled with super-small treats, cheese, or peanut butter, but so far, my boy likes this toy just the way it is. I do have to remember to return this to his toy bin every time, though – it’s pretty slippery against the floor, and it has major tripping potential!
Leaps & Bounds Summer Plush Toy – Pineapple
Fun fact about me – I hate pineapple! All my life, I’ve never, ever cared for it, but just to be sure, I try it every couple of months or so, and my verdict is always the same. As you may know about my sweet pup, stuffies are usually a big nope in our house, so I was pretty skeptical of this toy as soon as I saw it in the box! It just goes to show that PupBox can really be full of surprises. First of all, Archiekins went crazy for this. This cannot be overstated. He absolutely adored it. He grabbed it and immediately started swinging it around, shaking his head, growling, play-bowing, and throwing it around, which I’ve never seen him do before. When first introduced, he played with it for an hour. I’m not sure if it’s because he never gets soft toys, or if he loved the squeaker inside, but this won his heart right away. Secondly, I was really impressed with how well this held up! At bedtime, I pulled this up and out of his reach, just in case, but this toy lasted for four days, a new record for something soft. Normally my pup destroys a stuffed toy in about ten minutes, so I can only imagine how much fun other pups would have with this plush plaything!
Barkworthies American Pride Beef Rib Dog Chew, 8 oz
Full disclosure: I don’t usually give treats like this to Arch, mostly out of my own selfishness, haha! These are usually messy, stinky, and they have to be watched closely (the box recommended this, too, because of the chance of bone splinters). Luckily, we were taking a socially-distanced vacation while I had these items, so I didn’t feel even a little bit badly about bringing this out onto the deck so that Archie could chomp without making a mess! I figured this way he could actually join my husband and me for happy hour – or should I say “yappy” hour? (I should be sorry about that pun, but I’m not.) This wasn’t as messy as I expected, and it while it didn’t have the earthy, animal smell I was expecting, it was greasy, and a weird, almost glue-like smell lingered on my fingers long after touching it (and even after washing my hands!). Archie was in heaven, of course, and did that adorable thing where he held it in his front paws as he munched. It did splinter, but not too badly, and it was easy to monitor him, take the sharp pieces, and make sure he was safe. These are great for a once-in-a-while treat, but I might pop them in the fridge in the future to see if that keeps any greasiness from transferring to my hands!
Kong DuraSoft Clover Large
As you’ve maybe guessed by this point (or by checking out other reviews starring Archie), I love so many things about my sweet pup! However, one of the things that I really do enjoy about my dog is his ability to play alone. He’s so good about picking up a toy by himself while my husband and I are at our computers or checking out some Netflix. Much of the time, he’ll grab a bone or a nylon chew, and he’ll cuddle up into his spot between us on the couch and chomp away. It’s so sweet and companionable. Other times, he’ll trot over to his toy bin, select something, and just go nuts with solo play! He’ll grab a toy, and as it bounces around, he’ll chase it, drop it, and his tail will wag, and I have to stop myself from laughing out loud so that I don’t distract him and break the spell of the moment. I’ve noticed that the best toys for this are ones that offer unpredictable movement, and this Kong clover does just that! This toy is so deceptively interesting; it doesn’t look like much, but it’s so durable while being extremely lightweight. It’s awesome for throwing around, and the tri-pointed shape allows for a ton of bouncing and movement that holds Archie’s interest a lot longer than other toys! The material is durable, too – I thought for sure I’d see Archie’s fang marks on it, but so far, it’s really holding up. I want to see if this thing floats, to see if maybe Archie wants to play with it in the water, too.
OlviPet Healthy Twists Pea & Chicken Treats
It wouldn’t be a good subscription box for my boy without some treats! I’ve never seen treats like these ones – I thought the inclusion of olive oil was really interesting. I imagine that the healthy fat from the oil is good for their skin and fur, just like olive oil is good for human skin and hair. I don’t think Archie has sampled a lot of peas in his life, but he definitely seemed to enjoy these, and it reminded me to see about getting some peas in his diet in the future! I liked the shape of these, and I thought they were a nice size; larger than training treats, for sure, but not a huge snack that would ruin a meal. As I’ve mentioned in other reviews, my husband and I love working with Archie on “leave it,” which comes in so handy in real-world applications, and these were great to line up on the floor and work on that command.
Verdict: Arch and I always have fun with PupBox, but I have to say, this one might be the best one we’ve received yet! The irony of the excellent pineapple toy is not lost on me; I can’t believe how sturdy that plush was! Yes, eventually Archie got to the stuffing inside, but it took him so much longer than it usually does, and that really deserves a call out. He loves the pie slice toy, and I was also really impressed with the Kong clover toy. I love seeing the different types of toys that are possible for dogs, and we couldn’t have asked for a nicer variety of materials and shapes! I’m glad to have gotten the bone this month so that we could enjoy it away from home, and the olive oil treats were a great new ingredient for him to experience. I thought the value of everything was really top-notch, and Archie had so much fun with everything, I don’t think he realizes that lots of dogs don’t get to have such a good time with so many different toys and goodies!
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you’ll receive next month’s box.
COUPON: Use code CEO20 to $20 first box.
Value Breakdown: This box cost $39 with free US shipping, meaning you’re paying about $7.80 for each of the 5 items.
What do you think of this paw-some PupBox? Which toy do you think Archie liked best?