BarkBox review – monthly subscription box for dogs

Each box consists of four to eight premium items

Note: This is a sponsored post.

Wondering what to get your favorite pet dog lover for her birthday? Or wondering what to get her pet dog for his birthday?

One amazing gift idea for a pet dog and his owner is this – a subscription to BarkBox.

What the heck is BarkBox?

BarkBox is the gift for dogs that keeps on giving!

For just $25 per month (or less!), your pet dog will receive a monthly box in the mail filled with four to eight high-quality, hand-selected goodies and essentials. the box will be different every month!

These items could be anything from treats to toys to the newest pet dog products. the box might also consist of essentials like shampoo, poop bags or a leash. You never know what you’ll get. That’s the fun part. It’s a terrific way to keep you and your pup entertained, and as BarkBox says, it will “make your best pal happy!”

How do I sign my pet dog up for BarkBox?

It’s very easy to sign up for BarkBox. It takes less than five minutes.

First, go to and click “Get Started.” Next, you will be asked to select the size of your dog. maybe your Chiweenie would like some bite-sized treats, but your friend’s mastiff prefers gigantic squeaky toys. get what I’m saying?

Next, select a plan. The first option is $25 per month for one month. Otherwise, you have the option of $21 per month for three months or $17 per month for six months. No matter which plan you choose, it will automatically renew and you do have the option of cancelling at any time. There is complimentary shipping on every box. Boxes are always shipped on or around the 15th of each month. Our January box arrived on the 21st. is easy to navigate. It has a minimalist design which I love, and a cute logo. I appreciate sites that eliminate all useless clutter. It makes it a lot more kicking back for me, the user.

More about BarkBox

BarkBox is a company based out of new York City, owned by three dog-crazy entrepreneurs – Carly Strife, Henrik Werdelin and Matt Meeker.

The company was launched in December 2011, just in time for the holidays.

Even if you don’t have a dog, BarkBox makes a terrific gift for the pet dog lover in your life, said Strife.

“Our mission is to make dogs happy,” she said. “We want to thrill all dogs, not just our own.”

She said the company aims to do just that through its product, its donations to rescue groups and through initiatives such as beautifying pet dog parks, sponsoring adoption events and educating the community on responsible pet dog ownership.

Signing up for BarkBox is a terrific way to discover new products and support small businesses, Strife said. BarkBox looks for small services with special offerings all pet dog owners must know about. The company also looks to the experts to identify premium products engaging to the owner and the dog.

Dog owners must sign up for BarkBox because according to Strife, “your pet dog will love it!”

BarkBox also donates to dogs in need. for each box shipped, the company donates $3 to local animal shelters or rescues. each month BarkBox sponsors a different organization, and it is always open to suggestions.

Here is what my mutt Ace received in his first BarkBox:

Ace received five items in his first BarkBox, which I thought was generous!

Perhaps the best part was how the products were hand-wrapped and presented so nicely with a handwritten note. It makes a substantial difference when you know someone took the time to do this. I haven’t even thrown away the product-description list yet because it’s just too pretty ?

I’ll start with Ace’s favorite items, and you can check out a lot more photos at the end of the post.

Ace’s favorite items were the two bully sticks from What’s better than a penis from a free-range, grass-fed bull? Well, two of course! I don’t know that I’ve ever met a pet dog that doesn’t like a good bully stick. and I like them because they are healthy for my dog’s teeth and gums.

Ace also appreciated the treats called Charlie Chews. He is not picky about treats, but as an overly concerned pet dog mommy I loved to see that these treats are 100% organic! He received about 10 of these treats wrapped in a cute bag.

A delighted Paws pet dog Massager from was also included in our box. I have to say, this was a fun gadget to receive considering that it’s something I would never buy. I tried the massager on my own shoulders and on my pet dog and my cats! We were all kind of indifferent about it, but it was still a fun gift! and BarkBox even included a complimentary battery for us – great touch!

The next item is called Heal My Paws. It is a moisturizer created to help heal cracked paw pads in the winter. This may sound a bit strange, but my pet dog really does get cracked paws when he runs and plays in the snow. and even if we never use this product, it comes in a really cute tin. small and shiny!

The final item is called Puppy dust from It’s a terrific marketing idea because it’s created to help picky eaters. In my house, if a pet dog makes a decision not to eat what I give him then he just doesn’t eat. but I know lots of pet dog owners deal with their picky eaters by adding all kinds of extra goodies to the food. This product is best for those kinds of owners. and for dogs like Ace who will eat anything? The Puppy dust is a special treat.

So you can see, we received quite the variety in our first box. BarkBox did a great job of selecting products that will go to such a large variety of dogs. There was something in that box for every pet dog to enjoy. even my cats were interested in the products! maybe there must also be a MeowBox?

How could BarkBox be even better?

There is no such thing as a best company.

Here are my ideas for BarkBox:

1. add a blog to and share pictures of delighted clients enjoying their monthly gifts.

2. add a section to the site or at least to Facebook where members can rank or review the month’s products.

3. Do a lot more to promote the sponsored rescue or shelter for that month. For example, I checked out the “For a good Cause” page expecting to see a link to the sponsored rescue, but there was no such link. It’s great for people to know exactly who will benefit from their purchase.

If you have feedback for BarkBox, the company would like to hear from you.

“We love dogs and want to continuously improve our product and brand,” said Strife. “We are exceptionally open to any feedback or ideas from our members or any individual in our extended dog-loving family.”

Have any of you tried BarkBox for your dogs?

What did you think?

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