These pet boxes from Chewy are full of dog-approved goodies
Because even dogs love surprise packages
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I’m a huge fan of Chewy—their prices are almost always lower than other pet stores and their customer service is amazing. So when I saw that Chewy had its own pet box called Goody Box, I knew I had to get it for my dog-slash-best-friend, Addy, and her new puppy sidekick, Ace.
I’m always on the hunt for new toys and treats for my dogs, so I figured this would be a good way to test out some of Chewy’s more popular products. Here’s what my pups and I thought.
What is a Goody Box?
Similar to the popular dog subscription boxes from BarkBox, Goody Boxes are curated packages designed with your pet in mind. There are options for both cats and dogs, and you can select different boxes based on your pet’s age and size. There are even special birthday boxes that you can get your furry friend for their birthday!
What’s inside a Goody Box? Each box contains five or six handpicked, full-size toys, treats, and accessories, many of which are popular items on the site. The birthday boxes contain birthday-themed goodies (duh), while the other boxes feature a mish-mash of items.
Goody Boxes range from $23.99 to $29.99 (the cat boxes are less expensive), and they’re a one-time purchase, not a subscription box. However, Chewy does release new boxes regularly and there are often seasonal boxes, so repeat buyers can get new items.
Here’s what was in Addy’s Goody Box
I love mystery packages, so I couldn’t wait to open up our Goody Box as soon as it arrived. (Meanwhile, Addy had no idea what was going on, but she was excited that I was excited.) Here’s what we found inside our “Pup-Fest” box.
(Editor's note: Though the Pup-Fest box is now discontinued, Chewy's Goody Box for medium/large dogs is now the Retro Box.)
The first thing Addy was interested in when we opened the Goody Box was the treats—she’s a dog after my own heart, that’s for sure. There were two bags of treats, along with a bone:
- American Journey Chicken Recipe Grain-Free Soft-Baked Dog Treats
- Halo Healthsome Vegan Biscuits with Peanut 'n Pumpkin Grain-Free Dog Treats
- USA Bones & Chews Roasted Marrow Bone 6-Inch Dog Treat
There were also two plush toys in the box:
Both toys were really cute and an appropriate size for Addy, who’s around 50 pounds.
After looking up all the products on the Chewy website, I was impressed to find that they’re all top-rated products. It seems like companies often use subscription boxes to pawn off items that haven't sold, so it was refreshing to see that the Goody Box actually contained quality products.
Here’s what we thought of the contents
All in all, Addy and I were really pleased with all the contents of our Goody Box. She was more than happy to try all the treats, and the toys quickly became some of her favorites.
Of the two bags of treats, Addy liked the American Journey Chicken Soft-Baked Treats better. I didn’t think she would take to them, as they have visible vegetables like peas in each cookie, but she actually went nuts for them. Within a week or so, we'd gone through the whole bag (it doesn't contain a lot, as they're rather big). She also liked the Halo Peanut ‘n Pumpkin Treats, gobbling them down with fervor, but unfortunately, they didn’t agree with her stomach, so we didn’t finish the bag.
The Roasted Marrow Bone was another hit with my precious girl. It came in handy on one particularly rainy summer day when I was slammed with work. I gave her the bone around lunchtime, and it kept her occupied for several hours. There’s still even a little bit of marrow in the middle that she works at reaching occasionally.
I wasn’t overly optimistic about the fate of the plush toys, but to my surprise, they’re still (mostly) whole after a few weeks. Addy did rip one of the ears of Pepper the Dragon and pull the stuffing out of his head, but she hasn’t torn it up any further than that. Plus, the Alligator has managed to survive in one piece, despite being used for tug-of-war nearly every day. Color me impressed!
Note from future Camryn: I’m updating this article a year later, and I’m happy to report that Mr. Alligator is still in one piece! He’s survived several washings and the wrath of a new puppy, and we love him dearly. Unfortunately, Pepper the Dragon has since been destroyed and disposed of.
Here’s what was in Ace’s Goody Box
Because I’m a glutton for punishment and like having my shoes destroyed, I recently decided Addy needed a little brother, and so precious little Ace joined our family—giving me the perfect opportunity to test out Chewy’s Puppy Goody Box. Designed with new pet parents in mind, it’s filled with all the different things you need to survive life with a puppy. First off, we found two essential puppy supplies:
We go through poop bags like crazy around here, so you won’t find me complaining about having extra. I also appreciated that it included a matching dispenser that can clip onto a leash.
Any puppy parent knows that you go through many, many treats each and every day while training, so naturally, there were also tasty snacks in the box, including:
- American Journey Beef Recipe Grain-Free Soft & Chewy Training Bits Dog Treats
- American Journey Landmark All Natural Beef Freeze-Dried Dog Treats
Finally, no puppy package is complete without a few adorable plush toys, and the Goody Box didn’t disappoint. It came with two farm animal-themed squeaky toys, which I loved since I’m a wannabe farmer:
Again, these are all highly rated products from Chewy’s in-house brands, and I actually purchased the cow toy for Ace last time I placed a Chewy order… so now we have two! In addition to all these treats and toys, the box also came with a cute “Welcome Home” banner that you can pose your lil puppy next to for their social media debut.
Here’s what we thought of the contents
After being the goodest boy and posing for pictures with his Goody Box, Ace happily dove into all his new toys. We purposefully opened it when Addy was away at daycare to ensure he could play with them all first. He definitely preferred the cow over the pig, likely because it’s a more appropriate size and he could easily squeak it. However, he’s growing like a weed, so he’ll be able to play with the pig soon, too. I will say that the toys in this box seemed to be geared more toward larger puppies—I can’t see a chihuahua pup being able to wrangle this pig!
A typically Golden Retriever, Ace was also happy to taste-test his new treats. The training treats smell similar to the treats we usually use (Blue Buffalo Bits—our favorite!), and I like that they’re really small so I don’t need to break them up for him. However, the real winner was the freeze-dried beef treats. He went crazy for them! They’re made from beef, beef liver, and beef tripe, and even my cat came running over when he got a whiff of their smell. They proved to be a great high-value treat for training, and I’m definitely going to end up buying more.
As I mentioned, we use poop bags to clean up waste from the yard and accidents inside, so the Frisco Bags were a welcome addition to our cupboard. They’re nice and thick, preventing any leaks, and the lightly scented design helps to cover up unpleasant odors. I’ve been using the dispenser, as well, which fits the rolls perfectly, but I’ve been burned in the past by this type of hard plastic unit, as they’re prone to breaking if dropped.
Overall, I thought it was a sweet and useful array of puppy products, and it would definitely make a good gift for any new puppy parent.
Are Chewy's Goody Boxes worth it?
Overall, I was definitely happy with the contents of both boxes, but to see if the Goody Box is a worthwhile purchase, I tallied up the cost of their contents. The five items Addy’s box came out to around $32, and a Goody Box for large dogs retails for $24.99 with free shipping. Ace’s Puppy Box added up to just under $37 and also cost $24.99, so it’s safe to say that you save a few dollars if you purchase a box instead of buying the items separately.
Additionally, there’s the added fun factor of seeing your pooch root through the box to discover the different toys and treats, which is worth it in my book! Plus, I think these boxes would make a fun gift for your dog’s birthday or even to send to your puppy friends.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.