Monday, June 20, 2016

June 2016 BarkBox review: Dog toys and dog treats with a camping theme

Sinead the Boston terrier and her BarkBox toy

It's always a good day when the mailman comes with a BarkBox in his hand. And yesterday was our day. This month's box is adorable, as everything is designed to remind you of the joys of camping.

As always, I thought I'd review the dog toys and dog treats we got in our shipment. Be aware that I am not compensated by BarkBox for these reviews. I am a paid subscriber, and I'm happy to pay for my subscription. But, should you choose to get your own box with the affiliate link I'll provide at the end of this post, I will get a little discount on my subscription--and so will you.

Now that those disclaimers are out of the way, let's get started!

Liam the pug and Sinead the Boston terrier share a shipment made for small dogs. Typically, that means we get toys that both of these kids can handle. But this month, the toys we got are a little on the larger side of things.

For example, this is Sinead and the toy from The Zany Bunch that came in our box. It's a little bear with stretchable legs that she could use for tugging. It's covered with a nappy fur that Sinead typically likes a ton. But just look how big it is, when compared to her.

Sinead the Boston terrier and a very big toy

She clearly wants to play with it (look at those pinned ears!), but it's a little too big for her to get a handle on. This is a toy that's better suited for a dog that's about Liam's size.

He is, however, very much in love with the other toy that came in our shipment, so he may not be ready for this bear quite yet.

The other toy is made by the BarkBox company, and it's a touch on the vulgar side. It's shaped like a roll of toilet paper, with a hard plastic center and crinkling paper that unravels. Liam thinks this toy is wonderful.

Liam the pug with his toy

He's spent hours shaking this toy between his teeth. And then, he played a very favorite game in which he covers up a toy with his blanket and then shakes the blanket until the toy flies free. He only plays this game with the toys he really likes, so this one is a winner. But again, it's big. It's a little too big for Sinead, and it's much too heavy.

Thankfully, there are treats I can use to help Sinead forget about her lack of toys. First up are granola bites from a company called 2 Traveling Dogs. These snacks really do look like a granola bar a human might eat, and both Liam and Sinead love them. I've been using them on our morning walks with great success. They do not crumble in my pocket when I'm walking (bonus!) and they seem to be high-value treats the dogs will work for.

Next, we got a set of treats that are made to resemble s'mores, made by a company called House of Pups. These snacks have carob and pomegranate in them, and they're a little puffy like a marshmallow. I opened the bag up today, just to see how the dogs would react.

Liam the pug and Sinead the Boston terrier and a cookie

They're snapped to attention! (And Liam has some fluff in his mouth from his blanket. I told you he loves that toilet paper toy.) These cookies do break apart easily, so I can use them as rewards at home, when I need the dogs to do something but I don't want to overwhelm them with food.

The last treat in the bunch is a pressed meat stick, made by the BarkBox manufacturing arm. The dogs always love these things, so I'm happy to have one to hand out.

That's it for this month's shipment! If you'd like to see reviews of prior boxes, click or here or here or here or here. And if you want to try your own BarkBox, use my code for a discount. And leave me a comment, so I'll know you were here!

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