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Updated August 2021
One of the first dog toys we (Mike and Steph) ever bought Django was a KONG Classic rubber dog toy. Easily one of the most popular dog toys on the market, our durable toy has lasted through the years. Just yesterday, Django spent almost 20 minutes carefully licking every ounce of peanut butter out of his KONG toy.
Over the past five years, KONG has been one of our go-to dog toy companies. The brand is known for its high quality products and premium dog treats. We were therefore very excited to learn that KONG introduced its own monthly subscription box for dogs back in late 2019.
After being customers of KONG for years, what do we think of KONG Box? Is it worth it? How much does KONG Box cost?
The following is a comprehensive overview and review of KONG Box based on our own personal experience getting the monthly subscription box for our long-haired dachshund and photogenic dog model, Django. If you want to share an experience you had with KONG Box or if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to leave a comment below. We'd love to hear from you!
KONG Box is a monthly subscription service that delivers dog toys and treats to your home. Every KONG Box comes with an assortment of high quality KONG products based on your dog's size, age, personality, and chewing style.
Unlike other doggy subscription services that offer a one-size-fits-all box of goods, KONG lets you select your 'style' of KONG Box based on your dog's unique attributes and chewing behavior. As of writing, KONG Box allows you to select from 8 categories that best describe your dog's needs: Boredom, Chewing, Crate Training, Digging & Barking, Separation Anxiety, Teething, Weight Management, and 'None'. If your dog is a heavy chewer, you can also update your box to 'Extreme Chewer'. This will update the dog toys in your box to KONG's more durable ones.
When you sign up for KONG Box, you sign up for an auto-renewing service. When ordering your first KONG Box, you can select the desired length of your subscription: month-to-month or 6 months. Billing occurs right before your monthly box ships, and you can cancel your subscription at any time.
If I don't want to do a recurring monthly subscription, can I buy one-off KONG Boxes?
Yes. In addition to the 6-month subscription option, KONG Box offers 'Monthly' and 'Every Other Month' subscriptions. For these subscription options, you are only billed in the month(s) that you receive a box. If you want to purchase only one box today, you can simply cancel the recurring monthly boxes after checkout.
One thing to keep in mind is that the per box cost drops when you sign up for a 6-month subscription. If you want to receive only a couple boxes per year or send one box as a gift to a friend, the monthly option is great. Otherwise, it is more economical to get a 6-month subscription. We include more details on subscription options and pricing below.
Every KONG Box comes with 2 unique KONG dog toys (a rubber toy and a non-rubber toy), 3 KONG treats, training tips, and a recipe card. You also receive a KONG Classic toy and cleaning brush with your first box.
Boxes are often themed around the holidays. For instance, the box Django received last Thanksgiving included Thanksgiving-themed dog treats and an oversized, plush turkey toy that loudly gobbled loudly when chewed. It is also worth mentioning that our plush turkey has held up incredibly well. As of April 2021 (5 months after receiving the toy!), we still have the turkey toy, it still gobbles perfectly, and it is somehow not torn to shreds.
KONG Box Unboxing: Here is everything inside Django's first KONG Box.
Django is a smaller dog at 14 lbs, but he is an aggressive chewer and typically destroys plush toys within minutes of getting them. For that reason, I (Steph) selected 'Chewing' as the target behavior for our KONG boxes. Here is what was inside Django's first 'Chewing' KONG Box:
Here are my thoughts on each of the items we received in Django's first 'Chewing' KONG Box:
Django can't put into words how he feels about KONG Box, but I can tell you this... Whenever we get a new box delivered to our home, Django immediately knows it's for him and gets crazy excited. I don't know if he recognizes the box or smells the toys and treats inside (probably both), but he is over the moon excited when I start to open a new box!
All of the plush dog toys have been a huge hit with Django. Whether bigger or smaller, Django's has obsessively played with each for weeks and even months after getting a new box. In a few instances, Django has been able to chew off small parts of a toy (i.e. the end of the thin, un-stuffed tail of our turkey toy). For the most part, however, our toys have held up incredibly well. There's a reason KONG is considered a higher quality dog toy and dog treat brand. The quality of its subscription box contents match this standard.
Pricing depends on the length of your subscription. The longer your subscription is, the more you save. Here are current prices as of August 2021:
Billing occurs monthly and immediately before each shipment. Since the 6-month boxes are discounted from the start, cancelling one of these subscriptions results in a small one-time fee.
The retail value of KONG Box items can easily add up to $75. Compare this number to a 6-month subscription price of $44.95, and the savings are notable.
When I think about the convenience of having dog toys and treats delivered to our home and how ridiculously excited Django gets whenever he receives a new KONG Box, the decision to continue our subscription is a no brainer.
If you want to spoil your dog and are looking for a premium monthly dog subscription box with high quality dog toys and treats, KONG Box is the way to go. Since all toys and treats are KONG brand, the quality of each box's contents never disappoints. I personally love the mix of plush and rubber dog toys since each provides a different style of entertainment and exercise for Django.
Overall, KONG Box is an awesome monthly dog subscription box and a fantastic value, especially if you do a multi-month subscription. Give it a try if you haven't already, and let us know what you think!
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Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) is a diagnosis that all dog owners dread. We (Mike and Steph) unfortunately saw our long-haired dachshund Django go through IVDD surgery earlier this year after suffering a serious back injury.
The path to recovery after an IVDD diagnosis is never easy. Dogs with IVDD always need strict crate rest, and many also need complicated and expensive back surgery like our dog Django. While recovering, your dog's movement must be restricted to a crate or pen, and he or she may not be able to walk without support. Your pup may also experience incontinence for several weeks and need help going to the bathroom via bladder expression. In other words, the recovery process can be difficult and daunting for us loving dog parents.
Fortunately, there are dog products on the market that help make your dog's IVDD journey and recovery easier. Here are 10 products that we found helpful and essential throughout Django's IVDD recovery.
DJANGO's Nolita Belt Bag is a modern, functional, and thoughtfully-crafted dog walking fanny pack. With a nod to trendy dog parents, the Nolita Belt Bag has numerous features that upgrade dog walking and outdoor adventures with four-legged family. From sustainably sourced fabrics to premium hardware to meticulous design details, everything about the Nolita Belt Bag is an upgrade from your standard accessory.
Learn more about DJANGO's Nolita Belt Bag here.
The popularity of raw dog food has exploded in recent years. More than ever, experienced dog owners are showing preference for the biologically appropriate, minimally processed, and nutrition-dense dog food. Many point to the health benefits of the diet. To name just a few, raw-fed dogs often have smaller and firmer stools, healthier skin and coats, better digestion, and fewer allergy symptoms.
We've always been incredibly picky when it comes to Django's diet. We only feed our hairy little sausage dog high quality and often organic foods. We tend to favor fresh dog foods and never hesitate to top his dinner bowl with wild alaskan salmon, boiled organic chicken, half an egg, or even fresh organic strawberries (his personal favorite!).
Recently, we decided to try We Feed Raw. This company is one of the more reputable ones in the raw dog food industry. It cuts out mystery ingredients and unpronounceable additives and replaces them with easily digestible, human-grade meat. Unlike other dog food brands whose recipes have endless and often unrecognizable ingredients, you can easily count and identify all We Feed Raw recipe components.
Here is an honest and in-depth review of We Feed Raw dog food. All opinions expressed are solely our own and are based on our personal experience feeding We Feed Raw to Django.