The 18 Best Dog Subscription Boxes for 2021

Filed in Dog Subscription Boxes on April 2, 2021

Bulldog sitting near an open Super Chewer Box, which is 1 of the 11 best dog subscription boxes for 2020If you’re looking to spoil your dog or find a convenient way to receive toys and treats at your doorstep, check out these dog subscription boxes.

You will learn the 18 best subscription boxes for 2021, including what’s inside each box, prices, pros and cons, current discounts and coupons, and more.

I may earn a commission if you buy through my links, but I only recommend products that I support and you pay nothing extra.

At A Glance: The Best Dog Subscription Boxes

BarkBoxThemed boxes for all dogs$35 for monthly plan, $25/month (6 month plan) (or $135 prepaid), $22/month (12 month plan) (or $239 prepaid)
PupJoyCustomers who want customizationPrice varies on number of items and frequency of delivery (starts at high $20’s)
BoxDogSeasonal boxes with handmade treats$39.99/month for 2 chosen items plus 4 handmade treats and skincare item OR $49.99/month with additional chosen item
Pooch PerksThemed customizable boxes$23.75/month for Popular Pooch Box, $44.00/month for Pampered Pooch Box, $21.15/month for toys only box
PupBoxPuppies although also have adult boxes$39 for monthly plan, $34/month (3 month plan), $32/month (6 month plan), $29/month (12 month plan)
Super Chewer BarkBoxHeavy chewers$45 for monthly plan, $34/month (6 month plan), $29/month (12 month plan)
Pet TreaterAffordabilityTheir dog pack of 3-4 items costs $15/month, while their deluxe dog pack of 5-8 items costs $25/month.
VetPet BoxItems selected by veterinariansPrice varies from $35 to $49 per box and is determined by pet type, size and length of subscription.
KONG BoxToys and items catered to your dog's personality and needs$39.95 for monthly plan, $34.95/month (6 box plan), $29.95/month (12 box plan)
Wag Well BoxOrganic and all-natural products$34.00/month
Rescue BoxCharitable causes$29.95 for monthly plan
Good Dog in a BoxKids and dogs and dog training1 month plans start at $29.99/month, 6 month plans start at $24.99/month, 12 month plans start at $21.99/month- Prices increase for medium and large dogs.
Dog Mom BoxItems for dog moms and pupsTheir boxes cost $37.99/box with more savings for more than one dog.
Bullymake BoxHeavy chewers$39 for monthly plan, $36/month (3 month plan), $34/month (6 month plan), $31/month (12 month plan)
Dapper Dog BoxProducts prioritized to be made in U.S. by small businesses1 month is $35/month, 3 months is $30/month, 6 months is $27/month, 12 months is $25/month
Gnaw BoxNatural Dog Treats and Chews$24.99 per month (small box), $29.99 (large box)
Big Lu’s Barkin ClubNatural Dog Treats$29.90-$39.99
Greenwell Pet BoxHealth and Wellness$49 (one-time box) or $41.65 per month

1. BarkBox

Brown dog laying next to unopened BoxDog box

BarkBox is the leader in dog subscription boxes with over 600,000 subscribers. Every month, they send you a box with all natural treats, chews, and original toys, all based on a unique theme. For even more detailed information, read my post Is BarkBox worth it?

What’s inside BarkBox?

Each box contains at least 2 toys, 2 treats, and a chew based on a fun theme. Every toy is unique and unable to be found anywhere else.

Price of BarkBox

  • 1 Month Subscription: $35/month
  • 6 Month Subscription: $25/month (or $135 upfront)
  • 12 Month Subscription: $22/month (or $239 upfront)

BarkBox Coupons

  1. FREE Extra Month Added to Your Subscription! (Valid on 6 and 12 month plans)
  2. Receive a FREE Blink Mini Camera ($35 value) When You Subscribe to BarkBox! (Valid on 6 and 12 month plans from 9/20/21-9/30/21)


For your first box, it takes 2-3 business days to prepare for shipping, and then 2-8 business days to deliver to your home in the contiguous U.S., or 4-12 business days to deliver to Canada, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and Alaska.

For subsequent boxes, BarkBox ships around the 15th of each month with the same delivery time frames above. Shipping is free in the contiguous U.S., and $8 everywhere else.

  • They offer unique toys exclusive to BarkBox.
  • They have great customer service and will work with you if your dog is not happy with their box.
  • Their treats come from the U.S.
  • BarkBox donates to charity, including 10% of their profits to shelter dogs in over 3,000 rescues.
  • They are allergy friendly.
  • I have read that you can change the frequency of delivery by contacting customer service.
  • BarkBox allows customization, but you must contact customer service for specific requests.
  • For tough chewers, you will need to sign up for Super Chewer box, which is a separate program and more expensive.
  • Their plans are set to auto-renew, but you can turn off online.

2. PupJoy

Dog on couch next to PupJoy opened box with treats

PupJoy offers the most customizable dog subscription boxes on the market.

They have introduced a new model for their boxes called BYOD (Build Your Own Deliveries).

For example, you can choose:

  • toys, treats, and/or chews;
  • stronger toys for heavy chewers;
  • treats for dogs with food sensitivities; and
  • boxes that ship every 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 2 months, 3 months, and even 6 months.

What’s inside PupJoy?

The BYOD boxes are fully customizable, but it appears to start with 3 items. You can then add more items of your choice if you want more.

I wrote a more thorough review of PupJoy’s BYOD service if you had more questions.

Price of PupJoy

Since it is so customized, the price varies by the items you choose.

There also offer discounts for autoshipping and for adding additional items (2% discount off your whole order for each item added up to 20%).

PupJoy Coupons

Save $10 on a purchase of $50 or more (Use coupon code 10bones at checkout)


Boxes ship within one business day of your order. Shipping is free in the U.S., and $5 to Canada.

  • PupJoy’s boxes are highly customizable for your chosen items, dietary needs, frequency of shipping, the strength of the toys, and more.
  • The treat options include protein sensitive, grain-free, all-natural, or organic for dietary needs.
  • You can ship every month or less frequently.
  • No unnatural additives or chemicals are in the treats.
  • For each subscription, PupJoy donates $2 to help dogs through the BISSELL Pet Foundation.
  • PupJoy’s prices are slightly higher than some other companies.
  • Subscriptions automatically renew until cancelled.
  • Treats come from the U.S., Canada, Argentina, Iceland and New Zealand.

3. BoxDog

Brown dog laying next to unopened BoxDog box

BoxDog offers quarterly dog subscription boxes with 6-8 products, including handmade treats, skincare items, toys, gear, and gadgets.

What’s inside BoxDog?

You will receive 4 handmade treats, 1 vegan skincare item, and seasonal toys, gear and gadgets of your choice.

Price of BoxDog

BoxDog costs $39.99 if you add 2 premium items to your box, consisting of toys, gear and gadgets.

It will cost $49.99 if you add 3 premium items to your box.

Keep in mind your box already includes the 4 handmade treats and skincare item.

Then you are charged more for any treats and skincare items you add on. So, the price varies depending on what you choose to have in the box.

BoxDog Coupons


Boxes are normally shipped within 1-2 business days for your first order. Shipping is free in the continental U.S., $12 to Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Alaska, and $20 to the UK and Canada. Then the seasonal shipping schedule is September 15 for Fall, December 9 for Winter, March 15 for Spring, and June 15 for Summer.

  • BoxDog offers natural handmade treats made in the U.S. by their dog chefs.
  • No contracts- cancel anytime.
  • No extra charge for big dogs or tough chewers.
  • They offer unique items such as vegan skincare items, clothing, leashes, and costumes.
  • You can customize the items in the box before every shipment.
  • They also offer a grain-free quarterly box and monthly box.
  • The boxes are more expensive than other companies.
  • No mention of being allergy-friendly.
  • They only offer 4 boxes per year.

4. PupBox

Pupbox summary with pros and cons

PupBox provides a monthly dog subscription box that changes its contents as your puppy grows. They provide toys, treats, accessories, and training guides, which are customized based on the age and characteristics of your puppy.

What’s inside PupBox?

Each box includes 5-7 products and a full training guide. You should receive training materials, 1 bag of treats, and 4-6 additional items including toys, chews, and grooming and cleaning accessories.

Price of PupBox

  • 1 Month Subscription: $39/month
  • 3 Month Subscription: $34/month
  • 6 Month Subscription: $32/month
  • 12 Month Subscription: $29/month

PupBox Coupons

50% off Your First Box (Use Code PUPPY50)


Your first box is sent within roughly 5-7 business days after placing your order. Shipping is free in the U.S. and $5 to Canada.

  • All treats and chews are sourced in the U.S.
  • PupBox provides helpful training guides created by a celebrity dog trainer as your puppy grows.
  • The contents change to accommodate your puppy’s development and needs.
  • They cater to common food allergies, plus you can note if your dog has another allergy.
  • You can also order boxes for adult dogs.
  • Plan automatically renew until cancelled.
  • They are more focused on puppies.
  • Prices are slightly higher than some other companies.
  • No mention of donations or charity on their website.

5. Super Chewer BarkBox

Brown bulldog staring at unboxed Super Chewer Box filled with treats and chews with toys next to it

Super Chewer BarkBox provides a monthly dog subscription box with stronger toys and treats for the tough chewer and was created by the makers of BarkBox. For more detailed information, I wrote this full guide on Super Chewer BarkBox.

What’s inside Super Chewer BarkBox?

Each box includes 2 tough toys, 2 meaty chews, and 2 full-sized bags of treats and is based on a fun monthly theme.

Price of Super Chewer BarkBox

  • Monthly Plans: $45/month
  • 6 Month Plans: $34/month
  • 12 Month Plans: $29/month

Super Chewer BarkBox Coupons

  1. Free Extra Month (Valid on 6 & 12 month plans)
  2. Limited Edition: Get a FREE Amazon Blink Mini Camera when you sign up for Super Chewer (value $35) (Valid from 9/20/21-9/30/21 on 6 and 12 month plans)


For the 48 contiguous U.S. states, they estimate 2-3 business days to prepare your first box for shipping and then an additional 2-8 business days for arrival.

For outside the contiguous U.S., they estimate 2-3 business days to prepare your first box for shipping plus 4-12 business days for arrival.

After the first box, Super Chewer normally ships around the 15th of each month.

Shipping is free within the contiguous U.S., and $8 to Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico and Canada.

  • Super Chewer’s toys are much more durable than most competitors and are made from rubber and nylon.
  • Their toys are unique and designed in-house.
  • They will replace any toy for free if it’s destroyed or your dog doesn’t like it with no questions asked.
  • Their treats and chews are all-natural and from the U.S. or Canada.
  • They offer allergy-friendly options that exclude beef, chicken or turkey, plus you can contact customer service to accommodate other dietary restrictions.
  • Super Chewer has the same great customer service as BarkBox and will work to accommodate your needs.
  • Some customers report that certain toys still get destroyed by their dogs.
  • Super Chewer allows customization, but you must contact customer service for specific requests.

6. Pooch Perks

Opened box of Pooch Perks showing animal toys and treats

Pooch Perks delivers monthly themed customizable boxes of toys, treats, chews, and goodies for your dog.

What’s inside Pooch Perks?

You will receive toys, treats, chews, and other goodies depending on the plan you choose. You can choose boxes with 3 to 4 items, 5 to 6 items, or 8 to 9 items.

Price of Pooch Perks

  • The Toys Only box starts at $21.15 per month and is filled with 3-4 toys.
  • The Popular Pooch box starts at $23.75 per month and is filled with 5-6 items including toys, treats, and a chew.
  • The Pampered Pooch box starts at $45.00 per month and is filled with 8-9 items including toys, treats, an accessory and a chew.
  • If you prepay, you can get additional savings.

Pooch Perks Coupons

1. 10% off 12 month subscriptions

2. 5% off 3 month subscriptions


Your first box is shipped roughly a week from your order date. The following boxes ship on the second week of the month. Most plans have a flat shipping charge of $2 for delivery in the U.S.

  • You will receive additional savings up to 10% by prepaying for plans.
  • You can customize the toys and treats in your box.
  • They offer flexible shipping options including monthly, bi-monthly, and quarterly.
  • Their treats are made in the U.S.
  • They offer plush toys or durable toys for the heavy chewer.
  • Sample boxes are available for $11.95.
  • They offer allergy-friendly options.
  • Pooch Perks donates a portion of sales to organizations that rescue abused and neglected dogs.
  • Small shipping charge of $2.
  • You are not able to fully see all the customization options until you pay and subscribe.
  • They only ship within the U.S.

7. Pet Treater

Contents of Pet Treater shown on floor with toys and treats

Pet Treater offers monthly dog subscription boxes for dogs or cats and strives to be more affordable than its competitors.

What’s inside Pet Treater?

For their regular dog pack, you will receive 3-4 items. For their deluxe dog pack, you will receive 5-8 items. Each pack varies per month but typically includes toys, treats, grooming items, and/or clothes. You can also request only toys or only treats.

Price of Pet Treater

Their dog pack of 3-4 items costs $15/month, while their deluxe dog pack of 5-8 items costs $25/month.


The first welcome box (containing popular fan favorites) ships immediately. However, if you order between the 23rd-6th of the month, the first box ships on the 10th of the month. Afterwards, boxes ship around the 10th of each month. Shipping is free, but they only ship to the 48 contiguous U.S. states.

  • Pet Treater offers one of the most affordable subscription boxes.
  • The majority of their treats come from the U.S. or Canada.
  • For each shipment, they donate an item to a pet shelter in need.
  • Boxes are available for dogs or cats.
  • You can choose diet restrictions and make special requests.
  • There are no discounts for multi-month plans.
  • They only ship to the 48 U.S. contiguous states.
  • You must email their support team to cancel your subscription.

8. VetPet Box

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel sitting next to unboxed VetPet Box

VetPet Box is a monthly subscription box created and run by veterinarians that contains products for both dogs and cats tailored to your pet.

What’s inside VetPet Box?

Their monthly boxes are filled with handpicked toys, treats, wellness/healthcare products (for such things like arthritis, anxiety, dental issues, etc.), and educational material meant to help your pet live longer.

Price of VetPet Box

The price varies from $35 to $49 per box and is determined by pet type, size and length of subscription.

VetPet Box Coupons

$10 off all subscriptions except gifts (*Use Coupon Code dogendorsed)


For your first order, the boxes are shipped Tuesday of the following week (excluding holidays) when placed from Sunday to Saturday. Subsequent boxes ship around the 20th of each month. Shipping is free in the contiguous U.S., $5 to Hawaii and Alaska, and $10-$12 to Canada.

  • Veterinarians handpick products based on your dog’s individual profile.
  • VetPet Box is highly customizable based on allergies, playing style, health conditions and age
  • Their treats are made in the U.S. and Canada.
  • You are sent monthly educational materials to help with your pet’s health.
  • Cost per box varies based on the type and size of your dog.
  • The price per box is slightly higher than some other competitors.
  • Cancellations must be made by the 5th to take effect the same month.

9. KONG Box

KONG Box subscription box

KONG Box is a subscription box service brought to you by the famous dog toy maker, KONG. Their boxes include handpicked toys, treats and goodies customized to your dog’s specific situation.

For example, they offer a training toy in each box to help with certain conditions like separation anxiety, teething, barking, weight management, crate training, boredom, chewing, or digging.

What’s inside KONG Box?

In each box, you will receive a KONG training toy, personality toy, 3 bags of treats, plus tips and recipes.  Additionally, you will receive the famous KONG classic toy in your first box.

Price of KONG Box

  • $39.95 per box for their monthly pay-as-you-go plan
  • $34.95 per box for their six-box subscription plan
  • $29.95 per box for their annual subscription plan


You should receive your first box within 7 to 10 days of placing your order. Your subsequent boxes will follow the same timeline as the first box.

Shipping is free in the U.S.

  • Items customized to your specific dog’s situation
  • High quality dog toys from KONG with decades of experience in toy making
  • Satisfaction Guarantee: will replace 1 toy per box
  • Allowed to cancel early for a small fee
  • Unable to choose your own items since KONG chooses them for you
  • Slightly more expensive than some boxes
  • No allergy friendly options at this time

10. Wag Well Box

Wag Well Box offers an organic dog subscription box filled with 100% organic treats, natural chews and safe toys.

They claim to spend hours of care and research on their products and prioritize your dog’s safety, health and happiness.

What’s inside Wag Well?

Each box contains 2 bags of organic dog treats, 2 bully sticks, 1 premium toy, and a bandana.

Price of Wag Well

Their boxes all cost $34.00 per month.

Wag Well Coupons

Save 20% off your first box with month to month subscription


Your order is processed right away, so should arrive in 4-7 business days for delivery of your first box. The next boxes are shipped monthly.

  • Wag Well Box focuses strongly on your dog’s health with organic and all-natural products.
  • Your order is processed immediately.
  • Free shipping to all of the U.S.
  • They only have one price option.
  • No mention of customization.

11. Rescue Box

Rescue Box offers themed monthly subscription boxes for dogs or cats, plus supplies food to shelter animals across the U.S. It is one of the most charitable subscription boxes available.

They donate 142 bowls of food to shelter pets for every box you order.

What’s inside Rescue Box?

Each box is unique and contains toys, treats, and accessories hand-selected by their team. You start with an introductory box then receive themed boxes thereafter.

There are 3 different size dog boxes and 1 cat box.

Price of Rescue Box

Their boxes all cost $29.95 for their monthly plan.


Your first box will be shipped within several days of your order. For future subscription
orders, they will ship your box around the 16th of each month. You should expect to
receive your box within 5-7 business days.

  • Rescue Box focuses strongly on charitable causes with 142 bowls of food donated per box ordered.
  • They offer unique monthly themed boxes.
  • They provide options for both dogs and cats.
  • You are unable to customize the box.
  • No allergy-friendly options.

12. Good Dog in a Box

Good Dog in a Box is a monthly dog subscription box geared toward families with kids and dogs.

They focus on improving your life and your dog’s life with lots of dog training material developed by real dog trainers.

What’s inside Good Dog in a Box?

They offer training games and tools, activity guides meant for kids plus access to online training videos related to the box.

Price of Surprise My Pet

  • 1 month plans start at $29.99/month for small dogs, $31.99/month for medium dogs, and $33.99/month for large dogs
  • 6 month plans start at  $24.99/month for small dogs, $25.99/month for medium dogs, and $26.99/month for large dogs
  • 12 month plans start at $21.99/month for small dogs, $22.99/month for medium dogs, and $23.99/month for large dogs

There is a $3 shipping charge/box.

You can also pay $99 for all of their material at once for 6 months of materials.


For your first box, they are taking preorders in November and December. Delivery will start in January.

  • Unique and helpful dog training materials from actual dog trainers
  • Great for kids and dogs
  • Very affordable options for longer period plans
  • Online videos to support their materials
  • Fun games to keep kids entertained
  • Shipping charge of $3/box
  • Meant for kids and dogs
  • First box not sent immediately and taking preorders

13. Dog Mom Box

Dog Mom Box offers a dog subscription box with items for both dog moms and their pup.

What’s inside Dog Mom Box?

Each box contains 2-4 goodies for you, and 2-4 items for your pup including toys, treats, and other items.

Price of Dog Mom Box

Their boxes cost $37.99/box with more savings for more than one dog.

Dog Mom Box Coupons

Save 20% off your first box with month to month subscription (Use Coupon Code WAG20 at checkout)


All subscription orders placed within the calendar month are shipped on the 4th of the following month.

  • Dog Mom Box provides dog moms and their pup with fun items each month.
  • You receive dog mom apparel such as t-shirts.
  • They offer savings if you order for multiple dogs or prepay for a longer plan.
  • Their first boxes do not ship immediately and follow a set schedule.
  • They offer only one price option unless you have multiple dogs.

14. Bullymake Box

Unboxed Bullymake Box sitting outside filled with toys and treats for dog subscription boxes

Bullymake Box caters to the dog who is a heavy chewer, plus provides custom-made toys in their dog subscription boxes.

What’s inside Bullymake Box?

Your dog will receive 2 to 3 tough chew toys and 3 treats each month.

Price of Bullymake Box

  • 1 month is $39/month
  • 3 months is $36/month
  • 6 months is $34/month
  • 12 months is $31/month


Boxes are shipped the day after you order. No shipping on weekends. Free shipping for the U.S. There is an $8 charge for shipping to Canada. Future boxes are shipped every 30 days after your first shipment date.

  • Bullymake’s toys are stronger than most of its competitors.
  • All treats and most toys are made in the U.S.
  • Toys are exclusively made for their boxes.
  • They accommodate beef, chicken, & grain allergies.
  • They offer a 14-day satisfaction and durability guarantee on all toys.
  • No set charity program, although they state that they work with charities and rescues.
  • You must contact customer service for customization such as frequency of delivery.

15. Dapper Dog Box

The Dapper Dog Box is a monthly dog subscription box meant for dogs of all sizes and ages. It’s based around a theme each month and contains treats, toys, and a bandana.

What’s inside Dapper Dog Box?

You will receive 5 items, which typically include 2 toys, 2 treats, and one bandana all centered around a theme.

Price of Dapper Dog Box

    Varies but check out the price on Amazon for any first time deals.


Amazon is now offering this box, so I have inquired into shipping through them and will update this.

Outside of Amazon, for your first box, if you order on or before the 17th of the month, they will ship you that month’s box. If you order afterwards, you must wait to receive the next month’s box. Their boxes get shipped around the 10th of each month. Shipping is free in the U.S., $4.99 to Canada, and $25 to all other countries.

  • They source treats from small business owners in the U.S. and from companies shown to care about dogs.
  • You can try one box for $35 without getting rebilled (click on “Gift A Box” on their site).
  • They offer allergy friendly options with no wheat, chicken or beef.
  • They donate a portion of sales to rescues and shelters.
  • The contents are not overly customizable.
  • You may not need the bandana.

16. Gnaw Box Chew Treats Box

Gnaw Box is a monthly subscription box filled with natural dog chews and treats. The company iself offers over 90 products and has more than 50 employees.

What’s inside Gnaw Box?

You will receive 15-20 chews and treats along with a surprise gift. There is a small box for light chewers and medium/large box for moderate to heavier chewers.

You’ll receive such items as jerky chews, bully sticks, tendons, salmon treats, yak chews, deer and elk antlers.

Price of Gnaw Box

The small and light chewers box costs $24.99 per month while the large and aggressive chewers Box costs $29.99. You can cancel any time.


Their boxes are packaged on the 15th of each month and are shipped for free in the U.S.

17. Big Lu’s Barkin Club

Big Lu’s Barkin Club is a subscription box service containing natural dog treats.

What’s inside Big Lu’s Barkin Club?

They offer 4 different boxes: the Party Box, Ear Lovers, Butcher’s Box, and Tasty Jerky Box.

In the Party Box, you get their variety box containing a mix of their single-ingredient dog treats.

The Ear Lovers Box features a selection of their popular ear treats such as cow ears and pig ears.

The Butcher’s Box contains many meaty dog treats such as beef burgers, venison sausages and beef sausages.

The Tasty Jerky Box contains a wide variety of their jerky treats.

Price of Big Lu’s Barkin Club

The Party Box is $39.99/month, the Ear Lovers Box is $29.90, the Butcher’s Box is $39.99/month, and the Jerky Box is $39.99/month.


Usually orders get shipped within 48 hours of placing your order on normal business days. Your box should arrive within 3-5 business days. They offer free shipping and ship to the 48 contiguous U.S. states.

18. Greenwell Pet Box

Greenwell Pet Box is a health-related monthly subscription box. It’s meant to provide optimal health to your pup.

What’s inside Greenwell Pet Box?

It has 6 to 8 wellness products such as supplements, treats, natural grooming products, and environmentally friendly toys. You will receive detailed information about each item and their benefits. They claim that each box has contents valued over $70.

Price of Greenwell Pet Box

You can either make a one-time purchase of $49 or sign up for a monthly plan for $41.65 per month

You can change your subscription at any point.


Their boxes get shipped in 1-3 business days with free 2-day shipping.

For their ongoing subscriptions, they get processed at the beginning of each month.

Important Considerations

If you are debating which dog subscription box to choose, I made this infographic summarizing 8 important things to consider:

Infographic on choosing the best dog subscription box with 8 important things to consider

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is a dog subscription box?

Well, let’s start with what is a subscription box? Subscription boxes are boxes containing some type of niche product delivered to you on an ongoing basis. A dog subscription box focuses specifically on the dog niche.

You will regularly receive boxes filled with various items depending on which company you choose. You can receive toys, treats, food products, accessories, clothing items, and more. Some companies offer you more customization than others.

With heavy competition between companies, you can find a box that caters to your dog’s needs. For example, there are specific boxes for dogs who are heavy chewers, puppies, dogs with allergies, vet-selected items, and more. Some plans even let you alter the delivery schedule.

2. How do dog subscription boxes work?

While there are similarities between how dog subscription boxes work, each company is slightly different.

Provide info on your dog

When signing up for a dog subscription box, you normally give some information about your dog such as size, breed, age, and allergies. This helps the company determine the size of the items to send you and what to exclude. Note: not all companies are allergy friendly.

Choose a subscription length

You also choose the subscription length of your plan. Normally, you pay less per month for the longer subscriptions that you commit to. Most companies send boxes on a monthly basis, while some others send them quarterly or on another schedule. For the monthly plans, you will often see subscription lengths of month to month, 3 months, 6 months, or 12 months. The plans normally autorenew if you do not cancel by the end of your chosen subscription term.

Choose your type of products, if applicable

Depending on the company, you may be able to choose which items you specifically get in your box. Others offer less control and send suprise items each month. BarkBox is one company that sends suprise items each month based on a theme. However, with BarkBox, you can speak to their customer service to alter the type of items you receive, although you can’t pick the specific product.


Your first box is then sent by the company based on their company policies. Some companies will send the first box right away, while others make you wait until a certain date when all of their boxes get shipped. Subsequent boxes are normally sent around the same time each month, but will again depend on the company’s shipping policies.


As far as payment, some plans bill monthly, while others require payment upfront. Usually you need to pay by credit card or Paypal.

3. Why get dog subscription boxes?

Dog subscription boxes have their pros and cons. Here are some of them:


1. Convenience: you get toys, treats, etc. delivered directly to your door on a set schedule without having to spend time shopping for items.

2. Fun: your dog will receive new items in the mail on an ongoing basis. Some subscriptions even offer fun themes with unique toys unavailable anywhere else. I’ve read that some dogs begin to know when the dog subscription box arrives and get very excited.

3. Variety: With each box, you’ll get a variety of items to try out with your dog and see what they enjoy. You can find out new products that they love such as certain flavored treats that they’ve never tried.

4. Potential savings: if you tend to regularly buy toys and treats for your dog, you may get some cost savings as opposed to buying them from a big retail store. There is often a markup on toys at some stores.


1. Excess toys: over time, you may not need all of the toys every single month as they start to pile up. You can always donate them if necessary.

2. Ongoing expense: With many of these plans, you’re locked into the subscription until the end of its term. You may decide that you no longer need the boxes, but are then stuck finishing out the remaining months. However, many of these companies offer a trial box to see if you’ll like it. There are also a few that allow cancellation or have no longterm obligations.

3. Plans normally autorenew if not cancelled: with most plans, they will autorenew if you do not cancel the subscription in time. You can usually turn off autorenewal on their website as soon as you start the plan though.

Depending on your specific situation, these subscription boxes may or may not be the right fit for you. Many of the top companies have additional options to try to meet your needs. For example, you may be able to alter the deliveries to every other month. For a higher price, you can also sign up for a month to month plan if you don’t want to commit to a long term plan.

4. What comes in a dog subscription box?

Every company is different with the items that they offer. For example, BarkBox puts at least 2 toys, 2 treats, and a chew in each box. On the other hand, PupBox offers 5-7 items with a variety of toys, treats, chews, or grooming/cleaning products.

The possibilities are endless. I’ve received boxes containing handmade dog cookies, dog washing towels, and bandanas. There are even specialty boxes with dog training material, toys for strong chewers, organic products, raw dog food, and more.

How much does a dog subscription box cost?

Again every company varies, but generally speaking you’re looking at around $30-$40 per month. There are some budget or premium boxes that cost more or less. You can scroll up to view the prices of my top recommended boxes.

Many of these companies give me coupons to provide to my visitors such as a discounted price for their first box or extra toys in each box.

5. What are some cheap dog subscription boxes?

One cheap box is Pet Treater where you will pay $15 per month for 3-4 items or $25 per month for 5-8 items. While there are some other cheap boxes, you may get less products in the box For example, Pooch Perks offers a box for $21.15 per month, but it only contains toys.

You also get what you pay for. For example, Super Chewer BarkBox is more expensive than regular BarkBox since you get stronger toys.

6. What is the best dog subscription box?

In my opinion, there is no best dog subscription box. It depends on your needs. BarkBox is the most popular box and gets great reviews, but you may have other things that are important to you. You may, for example, want more customization over what comes inside your box. On the other hand, you may have other specific wants like organic products or more dog developmental toys. I tried to classify my top boxes at the beginning of this article to help you sort through them.

7. What dog subscription boxes are available for heavy chewers?

Two good options are Super Chewer BarkBox and KONG Box (choose their Extreme Chewer option). There’s also Bullymake, but I don’t like how they handle some of their business promotions.

8. Are there dog boxes without a subscription?

Yes there are. You can buy one-time boxes from websites like Chewy and Amazon. I wrote an article on the 8 best places to buy dog gift baskets, which discusses boxes or baskets.

For the dog subscription boxes, some of them offer one-time gift boxes that you can send to yourself. One example is BarkBox where you pay the same price for a gift box as the month to month plans. Alternatively, you can sign up for a month-to-month plan and then cancel autorenewal right away.


Dog subscription boxes can be a super fun way to spoil your pet.

Depending on your needs, some boxes may be a better choice than others for your dog.

There are many factors to consider such as price, customization, your location, frequency of delivery, and more.

Feel free to leave any comments below.

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  1. Nikki says:

    Thanks so much for this very detailed list! I had one company in mind but I’ve considered 4 other companies to further review. I of course like affordability, and donating to rescues/shelters. I also noticed only a few make boxes for cats as well. Those stood out to me. Thanks again.

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