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Reviewing Barkbox: Our Dog Bert Takes On 4 Months Of Barkbox Medium

​​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.

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​What Is Barkbox?

​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.

​How We Tested Barkbox

​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)

Bert helped us review the barkbox subscription box

Month 1 - First Barkbox Arrives

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;

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    ​Bark & Co Single Roll Poop Bag
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    ​Pipsqueak Pup Chicken Jerky
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    ​Plush Turkey Toy
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    Lick The Chef Apron
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    Nature’s Bits Turpumpkin Treats
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    Pig Ear Chew

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:)

​Month 2 - What's In The Next?

​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

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    ​Stella the Snow Bunny
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    ​Hugo’s Hot Cocoa
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    ​Duck Party Platter
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    ​Nice Jerky Bites Chicken and Duck
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    ​Dynamo Butcher’s Block Beef Chew

​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.

​Month 3 - Monthly Dose Of Toys And Treats

​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.

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    ​Snack Rings with Lamb & Cheddar
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    Squeakin on a Jet Plane Toy
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    ​Crunchy Duck Chew
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    ​Suitcase Toy
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    ​Farm Fresh Chicken, Pea, Kale & Quinoa

​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.

​​Month 4 - We Are Getting Addicted To The Bark box

​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.

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    ​Lamb and Sweet Potato Trainers
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    ​Koha Pork Jerky Bites
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    ​Chewfasa The Lion
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    ​Butcher’s Block Krunchie Tubes
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    ​Dr. Licking Stone Plush toy

​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.

Summary

  • ​​​​Bert is enjoying this. The guys at Barkbox have managed to surprise him a few times, and that is not easy. 
  • ​​We saved a lot of time ​compared to searching the web, Amazon, or the pet store.  
  • ​​Over these 4 months, we received around $160 worth of toys and treats for $126. ​We earned $44 by doing less!

​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...

About the Author Kwinten

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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  • Melissa says:

    Howlooo Kwinten! Thank you furry much for reviewing BarkBox 🙂 We are so glad to hear that you and your pupper love our monthly themes and goodies! We also know that all pups have their own preferences and what makes one jump for joy, may leave another hanging their head – and that’s why we have our Scout’s Honor guarantee! If your pup turns up their snout to an item they’ve received, you can personally reach out to Lindz@BarkBox.com. We will help find you a replacement item to get that tail up and wagging.

    Thanks fur being in the pack and we look forward to seeing more reviews from you! PeeS. Don’t furget to share your referral code! All our ruv, Melissa from BarkBox

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