PupBox vs. BarkBox- Which is Better?

Filed in Dog Subscription Boxes on January 18, 2019

A PupBox and BarkBox next to each other in this comparison articleAre you debating whether to sign up for PupBox or BarkBox?

Learn some of the key differences between these popular dog subscription box services.

Just so you know, I may collect a small commission from the links below, but I only recommend products I find trustworthy.

What is PupBox?

PupBox is a monthly subscription service that will change as your puppy grows.  They offer toys, treats and training guides customized for your puppy.

While PupBox caters to puppies, they also offer boxes for adult dogs.  In each box, you’ll get:

  • Training materials
  • 1 bag of training treats
  • 4-6 additional products including toys, chews, and grooming/cleaning accessories based on the age and characteristics of your dog

The unique thing about PupBox is, unlike most of its competitors, they offer valuable training information based on the age of your dog.

Let’s face it: raising a small, energetic puppy is challenging for even experienced dog owners, let alone, new puppy parents.

You’ll learn things like:

  • How to’s of Crate Training
  • Teaching Puppy to Come on Command/Recall
  • Visual/Hand Gestures/Commands
  • Potty Training
  • Puppy Proofing Your Home

PupBox Coupons/Promos:

  1. Get 50% off Your First PupBox on 3, 6, and 12 month plans (*Use COUPON CODE- PUPPY50 when checking out).
This training material is probably just as valuable as any toy or treat, and guides owners through exact steps they need to take in order to raise their little one in the best way possible.

For example, new dog owners might not even consider crate training and its importance with potty training as well as safety.

For an experienced dog lover, the material might not be as useful. You could probably find this information online, although you will be trading your time in exchange.

I made an infographic at the end of this article with even further details on PupBox such as cost, shipping policies, payment methods, returns, and how to cancel.

What is BarkBox?

Like PupBox, BarkBox is a monthly subscription service for your dog with entertaining treats, toys and chews that they should love. All treats are made in either the U.S. or Canada.

Each box is based on a unique theme, so that each month you will receive new and unique items.

Owners can further choose what they like by working with BarkBox’s customer service if their dog is not happy with some of the products.

Additionally, you can choose toys for a small, medium, or large dog for further customization.

BarkBox Coupons/Promos:

  1. FREE Extra Month Added to Your Subscription! (Valid on 6 and 12 month plans)
Their basic box includes (without any customization):

  • 2 high quality toys
  • 2 full-size bags of treats
  • A chew each month

If your dog is a heavy chewer or powerful breed, for an additional cost, you can specifically request stronger toys under BarkBox’s Super Chewer Program. Under that program, you receive 2 toys, 2 treats, and 2 chews.

While you do receive less products with BarkBox, you will also pay a lower monthly cost compared to PupBox.

PupBox vs. BarkBox Comparison:

Now let’s compare PupBox vs. BarkBox on key parts of both services. I created the following infographic:

This is an infographic showing a comparison list for PupBox vs. BarkBox.

Conclusion: Which is Better?

For the new puppy owner, you’ll probably get more out of PupBox than BarkBox due to the training material.

As a result, PupBox could save you countless confusing hours of online research. Any first time puppy owner should put a lot of effort into learning as much as they can about how to do it right.

For an older adolescent or adult dog, BarkBox is probably the better choice and also more affordable.

Both providers are fantastic; it’s all about what exactly an owner is looking for.

See current deals below for each service:
PupBox Promos

  1. Get 50% off Your First PupBox on 3, 6, and 12 month plans (*Use COUPON CODE- PUPPY50 when checking out).
BarkBox Promos:
  1. FREE Extra Month Added to Your Subscription! (Valid on 6 and 12 month plans)

Comments (11)

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  1. Bob Bobby says:

    This helped me decide whether to get a PupBox or a BarkBox for my new puppy.

  2. Christa says:

    Thank you. This helped me understand the difference in the products and which would be best for my pup and me as I raise my first pup on my own.

  3. Tracy Ortiz says:

    How do you cancel membership

    • Todd says:

      For PupBox, you want to visit your account page on their site to cancel your subscription.

      For BarkBox, the renewal can be disabled through your account page or by contacting their customer service.

  4. Grace says:

    This was a fantastic help to us as we are getting a Westie soon and are all about researching and learning how to take care of our new fuzzy friend! Thank you so much! 🙂

  5. Don Larkin says:

    Can I feed my puppy the treats that bark box provides? How do I know?

    • Todd says:

      Hi good question. My understanding is that you can feed your puppy treats, but you want to make sure the treats are the appropriate size. With BarkBox, you give the size of your dog, so they can customize the items. Here is an article on a site run by them regarding what is appropriate: https://barkpost.com/answers/dog-treats-safe-for-puppies/ I would still check with your vet on anything you feed your dog, since I am not a professional in this area.

  6. Miranda Fritts says:

    Don’t do it! You can’t cancel and get your money back. They contract you into it for a freaking dog box! Just ridiculous. I’ve never felt more trapped as a customer before.

    • Todd says:

      Hi I have read this complaint before, but it’s due to a misunderstanding of their terms. If you sign up for a 6 month plan and cancel after 1 month, you still will receive and pay for the remaining 5 months. I personally signed up for the monthly plan and all I did was turn off auto-renewal on the website, and it was done. Did you sign up for a long term plan?

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