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Old 08-11-2015, 02:34 PM
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BarkBox- Worth It?

Just wondering what everyone's experiences with the BarkBox were! My doggie friends in real life seem to be split 50/50. A few of them have said the toys were low quality and the treats weren't worth the money, and others have said they'd enthusiastically reccommend it to anyone.

And what size would you reccommend for someone who owns a large breed puppy and a 45 pound mix? Both are pretty tough on their toys!
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That is so funny, we just put in our order for Levi two days ago, so it should be shipping fairly soon! We paid for the year subscription, since that translates to 19 bucks a box, and there is NO way we spend less than that on toys per month, so it might actually end up being cheaper.

Levi is an average chewer. His toys generally last, unless he gets super bored, and he really gets chewing on them, and we ordered him the "Just Right" size which is apparently for dogs 20-50 pounds. I think you can also make a note to them, that your dog is a heavy chewer and they adjust for that.

I think the total cost for us was 288, since we live in Canada we needed to pay the extra 5 bucks a month for shipping. When it gets here, I'll be able to give you an updated opinion.
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@Shandula - interested to hear your review
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Well, Kuma doesn't like to play with toys that much and if he does, it's only once in a blue moon. (He loves playing with hands and then I would throw in the toy and he will try to rip it to shreads.) He only got 1 toy from them that he adored. I wasn't too thrilled with some of their treats, but some of their treats were awesome and Kuma seemed to like them. We also got cute bandanas. (We had the 6 months one)

Would I go back on it again? Yes, but right now I'm running low on cash. We are saving up big time as we believe we might be leaving sometime soon. (Possibly early winter or next year for sure.) I'm shooting for this year, but we shall see.
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I found it wasn't worth the money - cheaper to buy the toys you feel your dog will prefer and do some of your own research on treats. Take Koda for example-I got her the 'big' size, but I'd have much preferred smaller training treats and bigger toys than she got. Some were interesting and I wouldn't have typically bought them...but those also died the fastest.
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So, we finally got our Bark Box yesterday, and i'm undecided on if it is worth it or not. I feel like I'll give it a couple more months to really make up my mind, but here is what came in our box:

1. A green rubber soda can that you can stuff treats in
2. A rubber football, that has holes for treat dispensing
3. A small box of Maple Bacon Biscuits (they actually smell awesome, I have considered trying one, but haven't :P)
4. A box of "Apple Cobbler" biscuits
5. A turkey flavoured chew stick thing

The dogs like the toys, and seem to enjoy the treats, but that's not saying much, because they are not picky at all. I'm a little sad there were two treat dispensing toys, and both treats are too big to put in there. I'll try to get some pictures of the toys at some point if I can wrestle them away from the dogs.
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Just wondering what everyone's experiences with the BarkBox were! My doggie friends in real life seem to be split 50/50. A few of them have said the toys were low quality and the treats weren't worth the money, and others have said they'd enthusiastically reccommend it to anyone.

And what size would you reccommend for someone who owns a large breed puppy and a 45 pound mix? Both are pretty tough on their toys!
Go with the larger box. You can always break down treats and the toys aren't that large (I get the biggest and my 2 share)

I love it because where I live I can't get that many cheap toys/treats that aren't what I'd consider poison or dangerous. Everything is overpriced where I live and if I were to buy all these things in the box separately local or online I would be paying close to double (shipping to "remote" areas kills the budget)

My husband loves it because it curbed my shopping for them. We're saving money and the dogs get new toys every month. (Manna just like the box )
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I've always wanted to get my pooch the BarkBox but he's an incredibly heavy chewer and definitely not picky about treats. We figured that it would be cheaper to just buy the toys we thought would work best.
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I really like it. The surprise factor is a lot of fun. We end up with too many treats though. The toys usually get ripped up if they are stuffed, but it's fun for the dogs.
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For Barkbox, it depends on whether your dog plays with toys often to decide if worth it. For $22-$29 a month, that is a fair price, if not a good deal, for 2 toys, 2 treats, and a chew each month. Then add in the convenience factor of receiving at your door.

Many stores mark up their dog toys so you could save money with their service. If you have the time, yes you could probably find these items cheaper, although their toys are unique so not exactly the same.

As far as toys getting destroyed, Barkbox offers stronger plush toys if you request them or you can pay extra for the Super Chewer program.

I have personally ordered Barkbox and written an extensive guide to whether it is worth it here: dogendorsed.com/is-barkbox-worth-it/
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