Almost two years ago we tried and reviewed 7 of the subscription boxes on the market. Since then, we’ve tried boxes from another 6 or 7 companies. We’ve tried a lot of these boxes more than once. Over the last couple of years, we’ve seen about 50 subscription boxes from 14 different companies and I’ve written two comprehensive comparison posts. If that doesn’t make us experts on dog subscription boxes, I don’t know what does.
Of course, all of the boxes have been scrutinized through our eyes. While I don’t claim that everyone will agree with our assessment, we do have some pretty high standards. Chester and Gretel are strong chewers so toys have to be quality, or have some kind of special sauce, to last around this house; we live in Seattle – the land of high-end, boutique pet stores; and I’ve seen some of the highest-quality, cutting edge products available at pet industry trade shows. We are not easy sells so I feel like when we say a subscription box is good, it really is.
After my comparison posts, I get a lot of people asking which subscription box is our favorite. After my last comparison post, I promised to reveal our top 3 subscription boxes. I’m going to cheat a little though. I am not ranking them in order because they are all great in their own ways. No matter which one of our tip 3 boxes you pick, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
Each of these boxes contain above average quality products, consider the size of dog when selecting products, offer shipping under $5, and include only treats made in the US (and Canada in the case of one – which has similarly high standards). For those that offer a small dog option, all of the products were, in fact, appropriate for small dogs.
The Top 3 Dog Subscription Goody Boxes
A few things really stood out about PupJoy.
First, they don’t see themselves as just another subscription box service. They see themselves as a modern concierge service that combines the best of convenience, control, and value. They offer a lot of ways to customize your box including choices for grain-free gourmet treats, options for toys-only or treats-only boxes, the ability to choose toys tailored to your dog’s chewing style, and offer a multi-dog option for larger households.
PupJoy also earned big points with us because their mission is to do good and make a significant difference. They support the little guy by sourcing from small suppliers who are focused on creating quality, responsible products, they give a lot more to charity programs – almost 50% – than other subscription box companies, and they have also fostered a community of dog lovers like you, who together are capable of doing some good and making an impactful change.
Get 10% off your own PupJoy box subscription of any length with the coupon code is “YOUDIDWHAT”
PawPals with Annie! Gift Box
Products in the PawPals with Annie! box get texted by a real dog before they make it in the box to ensure quality control and doggie satisfaction.
The paw-picked goodies inside the box are customized specifically for your dogs size, breed, and preferences. I don’t just mean “customized” by writing your dog’s name on the box either. PawPals with Annie! asks you more details about your dog and puts extra effort into including the toys and treats most appropriate for your dog and breed.
The treats are all natural and nutritious and the dog toys are well made, super strong, and long-lasting. PawPals with Annie! also prides themselves on providing consistent quality products in every monthly gift box.
Absolutely the greatest thing about PawPals with Annie! in my book is that it doesn’t auto-renew after your selected subscription ends! Most boxes do, which means they “re-order” your subscription unless you cancel. I don’t know about you but I always forget or miss the deadline for those kinds of things. I frequently get stuck paying for things longer than I meant to. The boxes also ship weekly instead of once a month so you don’t have to wait up to a month to receive your first box.
Paws & Play
Paws & Play is from Canada so in addition to US made treats, they also support fellow Canadians by choosing high-quality treats from their own country. In addtion to their traditional offerings, they have special edition boxes and what they call a B.Y.O.B – Build Your Own Box – option where you can choose exactly how many items are included in your box, as well as giving you some even higher end options.
They are the only subscription box company on this list that has an option for cats. The coolest thing is that instead of a dog OR cat box, you can choose a mixed box. They are also the only subscription service we’re reviewed that has a box option specifically for giant breed dogs.
To read more about these boxes, including details on prices, shipping, and what makes them different, check out our latest dog subscription box comparison.
Honorable Mention – Pooch Perks
Dog subscription box companies are coming and going all of the time. Right after I published comparison post, we learned of yet another new subscription box service – Pooch Perks.
I was very, very impressed with what was inside. I’ll admit that their prices look a tad more expensive than other boxes but shipping is included, there were a healthy number of products in the box, the products inside were definitely in the high-average category, and every one of the products in the box – both treats AND toys – are made in the USA.
Even though these are my favorite dog subscription boxes, I’m always on the lookout for new ones and am interested to learn what other people think of the boxes. Have you tried any of our favorite boxes for your pup? What did you think? If you loved one that isn’t on our list, which one and why?