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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 are not an on-line agency that hides behind a website. You can talk to us in person and we meet you in person every time. You can always count on us as 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're delighted to tell you more about our services and life here at Barking Mad.

We're much more than the average dog sitting service provider. We provide care for dogs for whom kennels and house sitting services are not a realistic option. We know you want the very best for your dog and we have been providing a tailor made service since 2000. We are based throughout the UK so we will have a branch near you (or one coming soon). Barking Mad provides quality dog boarding with a home from home holiday for your pet.

There are many providers out there who can look after your furry family member however only our specialist team with our genuine 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.

All our branches have a portfolio of local dog loving hosts just waiting to look after your pet. We understand that you and your dog are individuals and so your needs are always catered for by us and our carefully selected host family. Some customers prefer dog carers on their own for one to one care and other love families with children (over 5 years old) when selecting where their pet will spend their dog holiday.

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. When the time comes for you to be temporarily apart, your dog's routine disruption and any potential stress is minimised and you both have a great, worry free holiday.

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 experienced dog loving people and are real pet people just like you and I. They are keen to devote time to look after your pet and love their companionship and the exercie they provide.

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 devoted professionals offering the very best customer service. 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 cuppa 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.



tom kruszona - 23rd Oct, 2017
"Thank goodness for a service like Barking Mad. My mum's friend told me about this and me and the beloved pooch have never looked back. Frankie came to our flat to speak to us about the service. She is great and so professional and kind. Frankie has always matched our dog with a host (even at short notice) and keeps us up to date with texts and photos to keep us informed whilst we are away. I'm worried our dog will his holidays more than his home! It is great value for money and gives us peace of mind that our family dog is safe and being loved! Cannot fault this service one bit. Thank you"

Joanne Jackson - 11th Sep, 2017
"Murphy clearly enjoyed his holiday with Lynn and Dave. He is always excited to go on his barking mad holiday;from the minute his collar goes on and his bags are packed,he is sat waiting for Kathryn to collect him.
Fantastic service, total peace of mind knowing your special pet is well cared for in home from home surroundings.
Thanks to everyone."

Liz - 11th Sep, 2017
"Our dog is old so it's important that we have 100% trust in the dog sitter and this is the case with Barking Mad. They are very thorough and make sure your pet sticks to their routine and has all their home comforts. I also love the updates and postcards. They offer a very professional service and would definitely recommend them."

Penny Cronin - 29th Aug, 2017
"Thank you to Barking Mad for the care of my 2 elderly Jack Russells! Everything was perfect : highly professional, and caring. The initial visit from Jan & Phil and subsequent pen portrait of the dogs inspired trust and then the pairing of Glenys was spot on. I loved the regular updates and photos on WhatsApp. The dogs had a wonderful holiday and I was able to enjoy my daughter's wedding, knowing that they were safe and happy in Glenys' home. I will definitely use the company again and have been highly recommending them to friends!
Penny Cronin"

Sue Cooper - 11th Aug, 2017
"We have been using Barking Mad for a number of years now and have always been very happy with the service offered. Our dog Izzy is always picked up and returned on time and Kath is always very accommodating. We feel happy that Izzy is placed in a home situation and is cared for by experienced hosts. We would thoroughly recommend Barking Mad."

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