What does it mean to be good dog owner?
Everyone can buy a dog, but not everyone takes good care of their dog.
Most modern dogs get way too little exercise and play time. According to the ASPCA, the average owner spends only 1 hour of playtime with their dog, every day. The rest of the time, dogs are sitting at home, getting bored and frustrated.
Or they just get lethargic and don’t care about anything anymore.
Toys are the best way to keep a dog from this terrible fate. A good toy leads to physical exercise, mental challenges, and satisfaction.
But toys are not cheap. And our dogs can be picky and destructive. In short, we need an almost endless supply of toys. And we need them to be fun and interesting for our dogs.
This subscription box full of toys and treats is specially crafted to keep a dog interested. Every month, a team of specialist picks 2 toys and 2 types of treats in a box. And then they send the box over to your house.
You use the time you would spend on getting new toys to actually play with your dog. And you save money because the sum of the contents is always greater than the box's cost.
One of our friends has an extremely picky dog. Meet Bert, a Shar Pei that is as picky as he is cute. He pulls up his wrinkly nose to most toys, and never plays with anything for more that a day.
Ow, and he wants new treats on a monthly bases.
We decided to see how Bert would respond to 4 months of Barkbox medium (that's the size they advice for him)
For our first month, the theme was “Home for the Holidays,” because of Thanksgiving. When we opened the box, there were a lot of things inside;
The value of these items combined is around $40, which is a lot more than the price of the subscription.
So we tested all these things on Bert during the month. Some of these things we have seen around the local pet store, but many are entirely new. The only thing that Bert didn’t take to was the apron. Some dogs are used to being dressed up, and some are not. Bert is one of the latter kind and doesn’t like anything other than his collar on him.
So there was no need to go to the pet store this month. And Bert was pretty happy, except when he was made to wear an apron:)
After the success of the first month, we were ripping the package open to see what surprise BarkBox would contain. This time the theme was “Lodge Life”. Bert was trying to put his nose in the box from the moment it arrived
Again the value of all the items combined was around $40, which makes it a great deal, depending on how your dog responds to the contents.
Bert mostly appreciated these months contents. He enjoyed the treats, which were all gone after the first week.
He is however very picky when it comes to plush toys. The snow bunny was a favorite, but the cup of chocolate not. I guess Bert is more of a coffee kind of guy.
This month’s Barkbox theme turned out to be “Pup in the Air”. Let’s see what gifts we are getting this time. We are becoming used to this excitement at the beginning of the month.
These treats are not only delicious, at least to our dog, they are also very healthy. Barkbox makes sure always to use treats that have only natural ingredients, and most are also from 100% organic origins. I think it’s every pet owner's duty to make sure that their pets get only healthy and safe food. Dogs cannot read the ingredients list and just have to trust us to give them good food.
Another month, another theme. This time it’s Sniffin Safari. So far these themes have been an excellent way to start the month, there is always something funny to be found. Let’s see what the box holds.
Bert was euphoric this month. The treats were very much appreciated, and the toys were great too. Bert was especially excited about the Lion toy. He spent days dragging it around, violently shaking it between his jaws, or just barking at it.
If you are ready to get great toys and treat delivered straight to your door, get the Barkbox Trial now.
After you sign up you can sit back and watch your box arrive the 15th of the next month. Then the party begins...
While growing up with cats and dogs, I discovered I am good at understanding how these wonderful companions feel. My first pocket money was spent on pet toys, and I majored in animal behavioral science. My specialty was how dogs develop intelligence by playing. So if you feel your dog is not that smart, I might be able to help. My pets have helped me stay aware, committed, and down-to-earth. It’s my mission to help pets and owners be more connected and happy.
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