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Barking Mad Wishes for a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year

Barking Mad's bespoke dog sitting service ensures that your dog can enjoy a Christmas holiday too

Seasons Greetings from Diesel

We can hardly believe that the end of another Barking Mad year is fast approaching and we’d like to wish all our hosts, customers, friends and associates a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous and Happy New Year! We believe that no matter what, Christmas can always be enhanced by spending time with a lovely dog and with a little thought and preparation your best friend can enjoy the festivities too.

How to have a dog friendly Christmas…

At Christmas time there can be an abundance of human sweets, treats, gifts and decorations in our homes. Remember to keep temptation out of reach and ensure that your dog doesn’t help themselves to anything which may be potentially harmful. Hazards can include:


Mince pies, Christmas pudding, grapes, raisins, alcohol, bones, fatty or mouldy food from the bin, macadamia nuts, yeast dough, onions, shallots, garlic, xylitol (an artificial sweetener), cocoa powder and chocolate. You can read more about the dangers of dogs eating chocolate here.


Don’t forget that for a curious pooch, all those unfamiliar seasonal items can be a magnet! Watch out for your dog showing an interest in tinsel, ribbons, christmas lights, candles, glass ornaments, crackers, pot pourri, etc.

Barking Mad dog sitters wish all their customers and hosts a merry Christmas

Christmas decorations may look lovely but make sure your furry friend doesn’t help themselves


Wrapped presents can also be a challenge as often you’re not sure what lies within and whether it’s dog friendly. The best solution therefore is to keep them out of the way and be mindful of packaging, silica gel and batteries also. Plants such as Poinsettia, Holly, Ivy and Pine needles can also be a hazard, along with preservatives in tree water.

If you suspect that your dog has ingested something harmful, the best course of action is to immediately contact your vet, or their out of hours service, for advice. They will always be happy to provide guidance.

Our Host Community at Christmas

Barking Mad dog sitters enjoy a Host Community Christmas party

Our Host Community enjoys coming together to share their love of dogs

Christmas is such a lovely time to come together with our dog sitting Host Community and celebrate the joy which dogs bring to all our lives! It’s also fantastic to get-together with like minded dog lovers over the festive period and chat about the lovely dogs who have stayed with us this year.

If you are looking to make a change in the new year, perhaps you’d like to get out more or take more exercise, caring for a friendly dog could be just the incentive you’ve been looking for. If you’d like to join us you can click here for more information.

Looking forward to 2018

What a year it’s been for our nationwide dog sitting service, from being awarded the title of ‘Best Sitter’ at the Dog Friendly Awards to seeing our very own television campaign launch in an industry first! We have welcomed new talented business owners, caring hosts and lovely customers to the Barking Mad family, whilst continuing to proudly receive feedback via Trustpilot which verifies and endorses our five star service.

We have now reached over 3600 Trustpilot reviews, ranking at number one in the animals and pets category and we would like to say a huge thank you to everybody who has taken the time to leave a review. It really does mean so much and we love to hear your thoughts.

Moving forwards into 2018, we can’t wait to organise more happy dog holidays and meet more waggy tailed friends and dog loving hosts. We are delighted to confirm that our chosen charity for the year ahead is Dogs for Good and we are looking forward to working together to enable the training of more dogs to enrich and improve lives.

So, all that remains is for us to wish you, your family, furry and otherwise, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at Barking Mad Dog Care.

Please note:

Barking Mad, the UK’s leading home dog boarding provider, assumes no liability for the content of this page. This advice is not a substitute for a proper consultation with a vet and is only intended as a guide. Please contact your local veterinary practice for advice or treatment immediately if you are worried about your pet’s health – even if they are closed, they’ll always have an emergency out of hours service available.