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Careers with Dogs: What is a Lifestyle Business?


Meet our new Barking Mad business owners starting dream careers with dogs

Dog sitting professional Lucy Callaway Of Barking Mad Lydney is loving her new career working with dogs

Lucy loves her new Barking Mad lifestyle!


If you have been thinking about careers with dogs recently, you may have considered starting your own business. The definition of a ‘lifestyle business’ is one that is built with the sole purpose of enjoying a particular lifestyle. In other words, a business which enables you to live the life that you want to live. When our Barking Mad franchise owners start their businesses, it is to achieve the dream of working with dogs and dog lovers every day! Our self-employed dog sitting professionals love what they do and have become ‘Barking Mad’ to enjoy a profitable and flexible career, allowing them to have the perfect life-work balance.

A study by Marcketti, Niehm & Fuloria, ‘An Exploratory Study of Lifestyle Entrepreneurship and it’s Relationship to Life Quality’, states:

“Two common themes emerged from the data: enhancement of business owners’ quality of life as a result of the entrepreneurial venture and a perception of the entrepreneurial venture providing enhanced quality of life to employees, customers, and the community.”

Our latest lifestyle entrepreneurs


Dog sitting entrepreneur Cath Wrigley of Barking Mad Tyne and Wear

Cath Wrigley has taken over our existing Tyne & Wear dog home boarding service


Animal lover Cath Wrigley has owned dogs all her life and is excited to take over the reins at Barking Mad Tyne and Wear. She previously ran a dog walking business for four years and is delighted to partner with the Barking Mad brand to help achieve her business goals. She said,

“I am so lucky to be able to combine my love of dogs and my work.”


Jacqui Bain Of Barking Mad Sevenoaks loves her new dog sitting job

Jacqui loves her new dog sitting career


Jacqui Bain has just taken over at our existing Barking Mad Sevenoaks branch. She first discovered Barking Mad when searching for dog care for her two border collies, Chase and Caley. Her dogs enjoyed using the service so much that she bought the business! Jacqui said,

“I’m a trained pharmacist and have always enjoyed working with people. When the opportunity arose to join the Barking Mad team, I jumped at the chance! Combining my love of dogs and helping people is my dream job.”


Lucy Callaway And Alison Preece New Barking Mad dog sitting business owners

Barking Mad training buddies Lucy and Alison

It all starts with our award winning training


The start of any Barking Mad business begins with a week of comprehensive training at our head office in the Lake District. In April, our training course was attended by Lucy Callaway (also featured with her dogs at the start of the article) and Alison Preece. Both dog sitting professionals have started ‘greenfield’ (brand new) businesses in their local areas.

Lucy is very proud of the newly established Barking Mad Lydney and says,

“My two rescue greyhounds, Pedro and Gabby, are part of my family and much more than just pets; they are my inspiration.”

Alison Preece was delighted to launch Barking Mad Pontypool in her home territory and says,

“I worked in the NHS for fifteen years but after losing my husband, felt I needed a career and lifestyle change. It was whilst researching places for my own two dogs to stay that I came across Barking Mad.  I went to visit Barking Mad HQ and was inspired by their brand story. I knew that starting my own dog sitting business was something I would love to do!”


Jacqueline Brickstock of Barking Mad Hertford is our newest dog sitting professional

Jacqueline loves her new family-friendly lifestyle


Our newest Barking Mad business owner is Jacqueline Brickstock from Hertford, who completed her intensive training in late May 2019. She said,

“I am very excited to be the owner of the Barking Mad dog home boarding service in Hertford. My happy, lovable, Staffordshire bull terrier, Lola, is my Barking Mad inspiration.”

Could you be Barking Mad too?

We are always looking for more talented and motivated individuals to bring the Barking Mad Dog Care service to their local areas. If you love dogs and would like to be your own boss, why not find out more about buying a Barking Mad dog sitting franchise? We could make the dream of owning your own lifestyle business a reality! Imagine a working day with flexible hours, where you get to spend all your time with lovely dogs and dog lovers…

We provide full training and support to get you up and running but it doesn’t end there. Our award winning systems and processes are there to ensure you deliver the market leading service which our customers have come to know and love. Our 80 plus local dog business owners really are living the dog lover’s dream!


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