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Devoted to Dogs

Our mission: to be the UK's most devoted and trusted dog care provider through our network of dog loving local communities.

Barking Mad was established in 2000 as an alternative to kennels. Our professional dog sitting service arranges holidays for dogs when their owners need to go away, because we believe dogs deserve a holiday too!

Offering an alternative to traditional dog kennels is what we do but at the very core of our business is a desire to give customers complete peace of mind by delivering a professional, tailor made service which meets the individual needs of every dog in our care. We firmly believe in getting to know our customers and their furry family members, with Barking Mad you’ll never be asked to fill out lengthy forms on line or do all the hard work – we take care of everything.

We operate Nationally through a network of carefully selected and expertly trained franchise business owners, all of whom are passionate dog lovers.

In each area we aim to create a community for our loving host families, many of whom are retired or living alone. Having a dog provides purpose, companionship and encourages healthy exercise.

We are a multi award winning business driven by a desire to change the face of dog care across the UK and beyond.



We'd love to tell you more about our services and life here at Barking Mad.

We're more than just your average sitting service providers, we're an alternative to kennels and we are based throughout the whole of the UK so you're guaranteed that we have a branch near you. Barking Mad are about dog boarding and a home from home holiday for your pet.

There are providers available who can look after your furry family member out there sure, but only our specialist team with our strong love of dogs ethos and pet care background (not to mention the in depth training our team receives) can give your dog the special treatment they deserve and you know you will be happy with.

Each branch has a database of local host people just waiting to look after your pet. We understand that you and your dog are as individual as your needs when it comes to a host family and we can cater for this. Some people prefer older single people or families with children when selecting where their pet will spend their holiday with.

We invite you to look through our website and get to know a little bit more about Barking Mad and how we can satsify your needs so that when that time comes when you are temporarily parted from each other, your dog's anxiety is minimised and you both have a great worry free break.

How We Operate

We are a national chain of passionate dog lovers with branches throughout the UK. Each branch is operated by a professional dog carer who has worked to establish a list of host people. This list of hosts is comprised of many families and single people of all ages. Some of these have children and pets, some do not.

Our individual local operators work with you to select the best possible host family for your dog. You may want your pet to be walked at a certain time of the day, fed and give special attention just the way you would yourself. This is what we do really well - we deliver your requirements just the way you like.

Who Are Your Host Families?

Our hosts are made up of a wide range of people with a different set of backgrounds and situations. They people just like you and I who are willing to give up their time to look after your pet.

Why Are We Better Than Other Services?

Since we started in the year 2000 we have seen many similar services come and go. The reason you should pick us over them is because we are professionals. Our operators have had our stringent training to ensure that our service is better than anybody else out there. Anybody could setup a dog boarding service but to make sure it runs smoothly and generates repeat customers through great service is something else. Everday our customers tell us how much they love our service and this just cements the fact that what we are doing is providing a service much needed by people like you. Would you really trust your pet to a firm of random carers without proper training or support? With Barking Mad you can rest assured you will get the very best service anywhere no matter where you are based.

Become a Barking Mad Host

We're always keen to hear from dog lovers who want to join our growing family. We invite you to visit our host page by clicking upon the graphic near the top. The process is really simple and it all starts with a phone call or form submission, we can chat about how we can help each other over a cup of tea or coffee. By the end of your drink you will be raring to get going.

Why Barking Mad?

Like you we love our dogs. We started Barking Mad back in the year 2000 when we realised that we just were not happy enough to continue using dog kennels when we were away. We wanted a better alternative and so we started one. Since then our numbers have grown to a national business and we are continuing to grow all the time. 

There now seems to be a lot of competitors on the internet but we still strongly believe that our service is the one that people who love their dog will continue to use again and again. We are not just full of families looking to make quick money or just doing it because its something to do as a business, we are very passionate about the welfare of dogs and we think both our customers and their dogs should be given the very best service.

We have very high exacting standards and the growth of our national brand over the years has proven this to be the case. Reputation is everything in business and we really have stood the test of time.

Join the Barking Mad Family With Your Own Franchise

If you are looking for an opportunity to work with dogs and you think you have the right personality and experience to become one of our many other franchisees then why not get in touch!

You will be joining a national chain of dog lovers who specialise in placing dogs with temporary host families and single people around your assigned terrritory. There is a fee to join but the rewards are well worth it. Please just get in touch with us today for a friendly chat about taking things forward, we'd love to hear from you.



Gary Roberts - 24th Feb, 2017
"I have used barking mad on two occasions to arrange a sitter for our dog Alfie. He is a Westie and on both occasions Alfie has gone to the same family. By using barking mad we have been able to enjoy our holidays without worrying about Alfie and when we return Alfie fits into his own routine without any setbacks because the family keep him to the routine that he is used to. I would not hesitate to recommend barking mad to other families if they required a sitter for their dog.

Big thank you to Sue and Mark who look after Alfie for us."

Anita Firth - 23rd Feb, 2017
"We have used Barking Mad on many occasions for our lively Cockerpoo since he was quite young, as he did not enjoy the experience of kennels. Where possible Mandy has tried to host him with the same family so he feels settled quite soon (as he is a Mummy's boy)! Receiving photos of him whist away is so very reassuring, as is the postcard telling us what he has been up to whilst away.Being able to have him returned to us as soon as we are home (even on a Sunday) is brilliant. I could not recommend this service more highly."

Emma Hamilton - 22nd Feb, 2017
"From start to finish we knew our doggies would be well looked after. Knowing that all of their needs have been listened to and met, gives us complete peace of mind when we send our doggies on their doggie holidays! As soon as the car arrives they are raring to go to their host for lots of fun and games. They always come home happy and content, We couldn't ask for more!
Thank you Barking Mad!!"

Eric & Tricia Smith - 21st Feb, 2017
"Barking Mad are a very professional with a lovely human understanding touch.
Kasey is not the easiest of dogs to leave but when we go away we know that she will be well looked after and cared for.
Kasey always returns happy and this makes us feel more relaxed when we are away.
Phil & Jan are a great couple and also very helpful when we have wanted to find another Barking Mad Franchise in a different part of the country.
Many thanks."

Susan Chapman - 20th Feb, 2017
"Our 3 year old Labrador, Rufus, has recently returned from another happy stay with his Barking Mad family. We are, as ever, delighted. Rufus is clearly beautifully cared and loved for, we are hugely grateful and wouldn't go anywhere else. Thank you"

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