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BarkBox Subscription Box Review + Coupon – September 2020

Megan K.
ByMegan K.Oct 16, 2020 | 2 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: Limited Time Only! 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

September 2020 BarkBox "An Autumn Tail" Review

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

The September 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.


Pork n' Spice Latte Treats, 4.5 oz - Retail Value $5.00

Duck treats do well in our house. I mean, all treats do. But duck seems to be extra beloved! These rectangular pieces aren't hard, but I could see some dogs having trouble with them if they have sensitive or missing teeth. I ripped them into smaller portions for Piper for this reason. Otherwise, these were a big hit!


While Charlie would probably eat rocks, he did seem to be quite taken by these yummy treats.


Duckboots Treats, 4.5 oz - Retail Value $5.00

These treats were almost identical to the first bag in shape and duckiness. If my pups didn't love them so much I would have been bummed to see less variety, but honestly, the dogs don't care at all.


Forever thankful that Tucker is a very gentle treat-taker.


The Deer Hunter Toy - Retail Value $10.00

This little deer hunter has it all! TWO different squeakers, fur, crinkle, and soft legs. Charlie wanted this the second I took it out of the box.

This toy immediately captivated Charlie's attention.

Though Piper was intrigued as well!

His favorite part was totally the legs.

I think Charlie liked this toy because he is actually really good friends with the deer who live in our backyard.


Mutt Bunch Hard Cider Toy - Retail Value $10.00

Will and I just finished a batch of hard cider, and while Tucker can't enjoy that, he sure can enjoy this squeaky and crinkly stuffed cider! I thought the furry "fizz" was a cute and creative addition.

Haha, Mutt Bunch!

Charlie was also up for some libations.

Tucker enjoyed "spilling" this drink for over an hour.



Salmon Stick Chew

As usual, I reserved this chew for Tucker since he is the only one with a full set of teeth at this point. We had a nice quiet evening together in my studio while the other two were snoozing and he happily made quick work out of this chew from his dog bed.

Verdict: What a cute fall BarkBox. It had everything from pumpkin spice treats, to red flannel, and even hard cider! The dogs enjoyed this so much! They have gotten to know when I bring a Barkbox home and get very excited. I love seeing Piper morph into a puppy again at the sight of these creative toys. The old girl still has some fun left! Tucker and Charlie are absolute gluttons who enjoy the treats more than the toys, but that's fine by me.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No. 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: Limited Time Only! 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.

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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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Here, I panic when the deer are in the backyard and the dogs want to go outside. I just think of one getting kicked or stomped! Our older girl is completely blind, so she doesn’t even know they are there…until she gets the scent. My newer rescue isn’t sure what to do! Lol. He’s a whippet mix and very prey driven (ask the rabbits and squirrels!) but I think he realizes they are much bigger!
Duck flavored anything is usually a hit!

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Christina F.

This is a fun box. The dogs are so excited when I tell them they have mail! I do have one dog with a lot of missing teeth (an old chihuahua) and he takes the treats just fine. I think the October box is even cuter than this one!

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