There are many different subscription boxes out there– but is there one designed specifically with your dog’s well-being and happiness in mind? Take a look at our review of Best Life Box and how it can enrich your dog’s life.
Subscription boxes are a lot of fun for you and your dog. They are a great way to try different items and discover new favorites. From treats to toys, there’s something for every dog to enjoy.
I’ve subscribed to several different boxes. And while they are all fun to open and watch Chloe experience all her new things, some of them have felt a bit…lacking in substance.
So when I first heard about the launch from CPDT-KA dog trainer Morgan McMurdy, I knew right away Best Life Box was something I had to try.
Here’s my Disclaimer: although I am NOT associated with Best Life Box, I do have a ‘dog in the fight’ so to speak. Reilly Rose, Morgan’s six year old Australian Shepherd, is Chloe’s cousin! So of course we’re excited for her.
What makes Best Life Box different
Morgan’s partner Kelly Langadinos, founder of A Dog’s Life Boston, came up with the idea after seeing many of their clients’ dogs need for at-home enrichment.
A Dog’s Life provides training and hiking adventures for dogs. Morgan explains, “…once we drop them [dogs] off at home, we can’t help with their enrichment and mental exercise needs. And a lot of these pups were benefitting from tips and products we gave the owners from our own experience with our dogs. And as a trainer, there are a lot of toys and tools out there that I use to enhance my dog’s life that I don’t see in many clients’ homes.
So we looked at the big name subscription boxes and saw that they lacked personal touch, higher end products, and some of the training and adventure products and ideas that we wanted to share with people.”
Out of that need, Best Life Box was born.
“Everything we strive to do is to give dogs and their people the best life they can possible live,” Morgan explains. “Through better connection, shared experiences, learning together, and having fun. We like supporting other small businesses and women owned businesses so we hope to add more and more products from these companies as we go on.”
Best Life Box offers a couple options which you can read about on their website.
We chose to try the Freedom Kit. Sent quarterly, each box contains:
- 2-3 enrichment toys and feeders
- all natural treats
- a long lasting chew
- wellness item
- activity pack
- outdoor gear
- Best Life Buddies community membership
Unboxing Note: You can tell you’ve got a really interesting subscription box when your dog can’t sit still long enough for you to actually open the box without ramming her head inside to sniff the contents.
Let’s take a quick look at what our first box contained and give your our review of Best Life Box. You’ll see why each item can help fulfill your dog’s needs for living their best life. And then we’ll give your Chloe’s rating (1-5 bones) for each item. Keep in mind all dogs are different, so your mileage may vary. And of course, each box will have a unique variety of items.
Bully Stick Chew
Let’s just get this out of the way…these had Chloe’s attention from the moment the box was opened. What dog doesn’t love a good bully stick? That need to chew is intense. Both of these Made-in-the-USA bully sticks were HUGE and long-lasting. Chloe got four chewing sessions out of them and for her, that’s a miracle!
Chloe Rating: 🦴🦴🦴🦴🦴
P.L.A.Y. Wobble Ball
Interactive dog treat puzzles are a big hit with most dogs. Not only do they activate your dog’s brain power in solving the problem of how to get the treats, but some of them provide quite a bit of physical dexterity to manipulate the puzzle.
This little wobble ball, however, was no match for Chloe’s prowess. She chased the ball around the room for a bit, watching the treats roll around inside. Then the lightbulb went on. She decided it was more time-efficient to simply pick up the ball and drop it on the floor (her go-to move when treats are stuck inside her Kong toy.) Sure enough, the ball came apart and the treats were gone in the blink of an eye.
Although this particular interactive toy wasn’t the best fit for Chloe, we passed it along to her little ‘niece’ Dolly Pawton, who loves working her sharp corgi brain to get those treats.
Barley Bones Peanut Mutter Dog Treats
We love supporting small business. And when they make all natural, no corn, soy or wheat treats, even better!
Fun Feeder Bowl
I’m all on board with slow feeder bowls. Slowing down your dog’s mealtimes has great benefits. Better digestion, less air swallowed and satisfying mental stimulation makes them a win.
But I’ve never actually taken the step to get one for Chloe. This was a great test to see how she reacted.
Yes, you can use slow feeder bowls with ground raw food (which is what we did.) It took Chloe 20 minutes to eat dinner verses her usual “done under one!!” It required lots of focus to get everything out of all those crevices.
It’s perfect to have on hand.
If you’re looking for a long-lasting chew, a Benebone is your friend.
Unfortunately, Chloe has no real interest in any of the Benebones we’ve bought her in the past. This one was no exception. True to form, she sat down and gave it a few half-hearted chews before abandoning it for something else.
This is what makes a subscription box a good idea: it gives you a chance to test out dog items you might not otherwise try. If you have one item that doesn’t work out for your particular dog, at least you know!
Dr. Know’s Pet Balm
Sometimes we get so involved keeping our dog’s fit and active, we forget to take care of the little things that can make such a difference in our dog’s health and well-being.
Like paw balm.
You can check out our previous post on why your dog needs paw balm and how to make your own if you’re feeling creative. But Chloe and I both LOVED this little tin from Dr. Know.
It was a great reminder to slow down, take a look at Chloe’s feet and her general skin condition, and apply where needed.
Paisley Paw Designs Custom Bandana
Need we say more? Every active dog needs something cute to wear on their adventures. Love this custom bandana!
Chloe and I both appreciate a well-made tie-on bandana. It’s easy to adjust and easy to remove if it gets water-logged or muddy.
Merry Woofmas – Doglas Fur
Do you have a de-stuffer on your hands? Do you buy your pup a plush dog toy and it’s shredded within the hour?
This toy was specifically chosen for those dogs who like to de-stuff or ‘kill’ their plushes. And importantly, it’s designed so you’ll need to observe your dog while he’s playing. It helps increase your awareness of your dog’s mental state and arousal levels while also offering you opportunity to engage with your dog.
The Doglas Fur tree is furry and crinkly sounding. Two openings allow your pup to pull out three little stuffed ornaments (squeakers inside.)
Chloe was all about this toy! Her prey drive activated instantly. She had some great catch, kill and unstuff time. Once the ornaments were out, it gave the two of us a chance to play together and practice some basic obedience (“drop it” “bring it to me” “catch.”)
With each Kit, you’ll receive an Adventure Challenge. Working with your dog’s physical and mental abilities, these challenges will also strengthen the bond between the two of you.
Our Challenge was learning about canine proprioception (a fancy term for body awareness) and teaching “paws up.”
Chloe may already have that trick down, but reading the information gave us some new ideas and challenges to work on. This Adventure Challenge helped me see things in a different light. That keeps our training fresh and fun!
Along with your Freedom Kit membership, you’ll also have access to Best Life Buddies Facebook Community where you can get your questions answered about the Adventure Challenge and interact with other engaged dog owners.
I LOVED the Best Life Box idea. This is the first subscription box we’ve tried that has carefully curated items from real-life experience and actively engages YOU, the human part of the equation, into the mix. It gives you a way to help your dog thrive by doing what she does best – be a dog!
What do you think? Does a Best Life Box sound like something your dog would like? Tell us what you think – we’d love to know!