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Barking Mad Gatwick
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Dog Sitting / Sitters Gatwick

Are you looking for a highly rated dog sitting service in Gatwick? Barking Mad is here to help, we’re able to offer your dog the best dog holiday of their life, allowing you to go away from home knowing your pet is in the hands of a caring host in a real home.

When it comes time to leave home for a few days or weeks, as a pet owner it can be a worrying and anxious time. Breaking up your dog’s daily routine might cause you heartache as you know how perceptive they are at home with you. When they run for the door as they hear you pick up your keys, or jump all over you whenever you return home from work, there is pure joy in their movement, which they’ll inevitably miss during your holiday time.

Leaving your dog in kennels isn’t ideal, but has often been the only real option available if you haven’t got friends to dog sit for you, which for many people can cause further anxiety issues. You know that your dog will be looked after, but as part of a wider group. They’ll be walked at the same time as the others, fed the same time and the same things. All of the little nuances of daily life specific to your dog will be lost during this time. Barking Mad offers a viable alternative where your dog will remain happy and loved if you have to go away for a while.

As dog-boarding providers go, Barking Mad is the best around, our independently verified reviews attest to that. Simply have a browse through and you’ll see many recent reviews from our happy customers and their happy dogs who have used our service. It really is satisfying to know that for people in Gatwick, we are the premier dog sitting service around and they agree that we provide a five-star service!

At Barking Mad, we understand the complexities of daily life are different for each animal, much like it is for humans. Your dog will be placed with a handpicked host; an individual or family who love animals as much as you do, and are able to offer loving care to your pet in your absence. We make sure that your dog has a few of their own things with them, making things as comfortable as possible; items such as toys, a blanket or bowl. The anxiety levels of a dog can be greatly reduced if, when in an unfamiliar location, they can smell familiar smells. Also, the host families are all vetted and follow our strict pet care criteria.

We want our hosts to be the best available, so at least one of our expert staff visit each potential host to ensure that they fit the bill. We insist that they stick to your dog’s routine wherever possible, as it’s important to their wellbeing to stick to the same walking routines and dietary habits. If your dog requires any medical assistance in the form of daily medication, or has specific nutritional requirements, we can accommodate those happily. For any emergencies, our specialist dog experts are available 24 hours per day. Our wide network of host families love dogs and will take yours in as their own!

What about you missing your dog whilst you’re away? We know that this happens, that you’ll be concerned about your beloved dog, so we’ve got that covered too. We commit to providing a few dog holiday snaps, which we’ll send to you to keep you updated on their happiness. Your dog will be having a fantastic time, and in turn, you can relax knowing that they’re doing so well.

It’s not just that we offer the best dog sitting service in Gatwick, Barking Mad has branches all over the country, so if you’re ever in need of somewhere for your dog to stay, you can find us. We have flexible hosts who can accommodate you for single days up to many weeks.

Established back in 2000, Barking Mad identified that as a nation of dog lovers, we didn’t have a dog sitting service that provided a personalised five-star service. Our level of care is unrivalled and our bespoke service cannot be touched. It isn’t our style to just visit your home to feed and walk your dog once a day.

We want to give them the continual experience of being loved as part of the family, during those times when you have no choice but to leave them behind for a short while. Contact us today by calling 01524 220202 or emailing contact.centre@barkingmad.uk.com and we can talk you through our simple methods and service. We’d love to provide your dog with the ideal holiday!

Hello and welcome to
Barking Mad Dog Sitting Service

Local Professional Service

Individual Care

Peace of Mind

Alternative to Kennels

Organised Over 80,000 Doggie Holidays Since 2000

Over 70 Local Branches

Our award winning professional pet sitting service gives customers complete peace of mind. We receive fantastic customer feedback which is undoubtedly the result of our belief in developing a personal relationship with our customers – we are not an online agency - so you can be confident that once your holiday is booked, we’ll personally take care of everything.

How our dog sitting service works

It’s really important to get to know you and your dog, especially in the beginning. We’ll come to you for an initial registration meeting which takes an hour, to find out about feeding and exercising routines, likes and dislikes and any other individual needs, so that we can match your dog/s with exactly the right family. No two dogs are ever the same so please don’t worry, we love dogs of all shapes, sizes and ages, pedigree, Heinz 57 or rescue. They can sleep in the bedroom, pull on the lead, or even hide your favourite socks so long as they’re friendly we’d love to meet them.

Selecting the right home from home family is very important and your input into this process is invaluable. We understand you will want to know exactly where your dog is going, so during our time together you will see all of our dog-loving families, what experience they have and what their homes and gardens are like. All of our host families are carefully inspected by us each time we deliver or collect a dog, they are guaranteed to meet our extremely high pet sitting standards. Furthermore our hosts are at home during the day to ensure care is always provided especially where puppies, dogs on regular medication and senior citizens are concerned. If your dog is extremely sociable and you’d like him to have some company during his stay, then we can arrange a holiday with a family who have a resident dog of their own.

We provide a complete service including door to door chauffer driven transportation, a real bonus for busy customers preparing and returning from time away. The main benefit however is for your dog. Being collected from home is far less stressful and overcomes any anxiety which could be caused when left behind by you.

Our Prices

One off initial registration meeting £40
Daily boarding rate £25
Daily boarding rate for additional dogs £20
Collection and delivery £40

Bailey – All ready for his holiday complete with paddling pool!

At the registration meeting you’ll receive one of our exclusive ‘Holiday Doggie Bags’ which you can pack with food, bowls, toys, treats and anything else to help your dog settle in more easily.

We even offer an unlimited luggage allowance at no extra charge!

Complete peace of mind

Host families are given a Pet Schedule detailing all of the information we gathered at the initial registration meeting and we’re on hand 24 hours a day 7 days a week to support them.

We’ll send a photograph of your dog to you as soon as he’s been safely delivered to the host. The very next day we give you a ‘rest easy’ update, so you can then sit back, relax and enjoy the rest of your time away in the knowledge we’ve got everything covered.

On the day of return you’ll receive a fun postcard from the host and we’ll stamp your loyalty card so you can gain points which will entitle you to a free night away.

The best bit for us is seeing dogs happily settled-in and comfortable with their host. We will, wherever possible, be sure to use the same family each time you book a holiday. There are no minimum or maximum time limits we’re here whenever you need us.

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Welcome to Barking Mad

If you love dogs but can’t commit to the full time financial and emotional responsibility of having a dog of your own, or if you have a very sociable dog who would benefit from visiting guests coming to stay, then you’ve come to the right place!

Our very own host families are extremely special people indeed. They have been selected carefully and interviewed in depth at home to ensure they meet our criteria. We get to know them really well and have worked with many of them for a great number of years.

Who are our hosts
It goes without saying, all of our hosts, without exception, are absolutely dotty about dogs. Some are actively retired people who’ve had dogs all of their lives but now enjoy the freedom and flexibility of caring for dogs on holiday. Others are younger, often with a family at home, where the addition of a visiting dog is great fun for all.

How it works
We’ve done all the hard work so you don’t have to. We think it’s important that our hosts concentrate on looking after visiting dogs and that they are not exposed to, or distracted by a constant flow of potential customers and dogs coming and going. Our hosts are also protected from the awkwardness of dealing with money, insurance and paperwork, so that the enjoyment of looking after visiting dogs remains their focus.

Support 24 Hours a Day – 7 Days a Week
Looking after someone else’s dog is great fun, however from time to time you may need a little local, on the ground support and it’s great to know we’re on hand 24/7 to provide just that.

If you’re interested in joining our fun, dog loving host community to become a pet sitter we’d love to hear from you.

CLICK HERE to make an enquiry

Our fantastic host families are the heart of our business and we simply couldn’t do what we do without them. If you know someone who’d like to join us, please let them know.

Our Hosts

A small selection of our lovely host families:

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Host Comments

Brenda - 2nd May, 2017
"We recently had Fozzie for several days it was such a joy to have him my dog Wiggles loves him a lot.
My whole family love him as did our friends where we walk every day.
We look forward to his next visit.
Brenda Street"

Carol - 13th Apr, 2017
"We enjoy looking after peoples dogs as it gives us pleasure to think they have come from home to home. Sometimes our commitments are heavy but It fits in with our lifestyle as we can do it as and when we can. It gives us pleasure and hopefully the pets enjoy our company too. Barking Mad are efficiently run and if I had a dog of my own would gladly let them find a host for my."

Celia - 23rd Mar, 2017
"Lulu has just been to me on her fourth visit. We've both had a lovely time and it seems strange today without her. She is well known and well loved by my friends and neighbours now as well as the local dogs. We all look forward to seeing her again soon."

Jackie - 6th Jan, 2017
"We had the pleasure of looking after Pip for 2 weeks over Christmas this year! We all loved having him for his 2nd visit with us. We enjoyed the walks (even in the cold and sometimes wet) and my children loved his company too!

I would love to have a dog of my own sometime soon, but looking after dogs with Barking Mad gives me the opportunity to see how a dog would fit into our lives, what challenges it might bring and what delights too! I can test out different breeds and ages too in case I go down the rescue dog route!

Definitely a win win option."

Brenda - 6th Jan, 2017
"We recently had Molly come to stay we all fell in love with her. My dog Wiggles loved her too
She was so good and had us laughing when she showed attention to the Tv.
We enjoyed her company and will look forward to her coming to see us again.
Beautiful Girl."

Carol - 3rd Nov, 2016
"We thought the service we got from Emily at Barking Mad was very professional - the information we received on Inca prior to our having her was very precise and made our experience all the better. It was good to know she was at the end of the phone especially as this was our first time. Inca was a pleasure to have and as advised needed lots of love and attention which we certainly gave her. We look forward to the next time to host again. Many thanks."

Brenda - 26th Oct, 2016
"We recently had Scout come to stay with us what a lovely time we had scout and my dog wiggles became great friends it was really nice. Its nice that the dogs get to visit carers whilst the owners go on holday as it gives peace of mind for all concerned and the dogs are happy too We look forward to scout coming again"

Brenda - 26th Oct, 2016
"Scout came to stay a beautiful little dog we had a great time look forward to seeing her again.
Barking Mad is a lovely idea it is very important that the dogs are happy and we love it"

Celia - 4th Oct, 2016
"Lulu has just gone home after seventeen nights with me. This is the longest stay I've had but it wasn't too long. She is a delightful, easy dog to look after who quickly makes herself at home.
This is the third time she's been to me and I look forward to her next visit."

Brenda - 4th Oct, 2016
"I think Barking Mad is such a lovely idea as the dogs can visit families a bit of a holiday whilst their owners have a holiday too.

We recently enjoyed a visit from a beautiful dog Fozzie he settled into our home quite happily and we enjoyed him too.
Animals need to feel secure with no worries and fitting into a family environment makes for a happy doggie I think Barking Mad is a very good idea
I will look forward to the next vistor on four legs."

Jackie - 12th Sep, 2016
"I have recently looked after Pip for just over a week and really enjoyed it. I am looking to have a dog myself but want to be 100% sure I am doing the right thing before I take the plunge.

I love that with barking mad you get lots of help and support while looking after someone else's precious dog. If you have a problem or the dog becomes unwell you also know that help is at hand. I found the experience rewarding and it was lovely having Pip stay with us. The problem is we missed him when he was gone...

I would like to continue looking after dogs with barking mad.


Celia - 19th Jul, 2016
"Hugo has just had two weeks holiday with me. As a lively two-year-old Springer he was more of a challenge than I've had before but I loved it, and him. We walked many miles and I managed to loose some weight. An added bonus for me!
I think Hugo enjoyed having my undivided attention and he certainly made the most of it. I always think about how I would like my own dog to feel - happy, secure, content, and loved."

Linda - 29th Jun, 2016
"Hello I love having the dogs it gets me out and about too..I am fairly new to the neighbourhood. And I have met people that I would not have met if I was not hosting. All the dogs I have had since I've been hosting have been very good I love them all. I wish I could have some of the small dogs back I had last year!. Posted by Linda"

LindaS - 29th Jun, 2016
"I love being a host we find it encourages us to go out more and explore dog friendly places so we get loads of fresh air and exercise. We have the peace of mind that Barking Mad are on the end of a phone if we need them for any reason and its a great way of having a dog without the costs involved. Also if your lifestyle means you cannot have a dog then this is a great alternative. I would definitely recommend it as all the dogs we have had have been easy to care for and friendly, the hardest part is saying goodbye but because you know they will probably have another holiday before too long you don't get upset you just look forward to their next stay."

Anne and David - 28th Jun, 2016
"Hosting a dog gives us a lot of pleasure and is very rewarding. We have only been hosting dogs for 3 months but we're really enjoying it. It gives you the satisfaction of knowing that each dog has had a lot of love and a good home from home holiday. We treat every dog as if it was ours, taking note of the pet profile guidelines. It is a great help knowing that you have the back-up of Barking Mad should anything untoward happen, which gives us peace of mind. John has been excellent matching us with the dogs we've hosted so far."

Brian and Carole - 8th Apr, 2016
"We have been hosting for 18 months now and have come to know the regular dogs we have. The owners have requested many times that they like them to go back to the same host. We find it rewarding that they make these requests.
Nicola is always very careful to match the host and dog and this shows in the requests she gets.
Keep up the good work. A perfect match makes a happy owner, dog and host.
Barking mad prides itself on this and Nicola and her team work very hard to make this happen.
We have just got another first time little doggy today and we hope that he will want to come back again.
A big thankyou to all the team."

Celia - 6th Apr, 2016
"Archie has just gone home after his second visit. He's the most affectionate little dog I've met. Really loving, kind, and gentle. He can be a bit naughty sometimes but we suit one another well and both thoroughly enjoyed our week."

Gwen - 31st Mar, 2016
"We have just had a second visit from a lovely dog that we first met over last Xmas. Having become very fond of her the first time, it was lovely to see her again. She settled more quickly this visit, and was very relaxed. We really enjoyed our time with her, and look forward to her next visit."

Gwen - 24th Mar, 2016
"We have just had a beautiful golden labrador to share our lives with for the past nine days. He was delightful, really good around other dogs and children, and a joy to be with. I'm looking forward to having him to stay again."

Pam - 18th Mar, 2016
"We have just said goodbye to our latest doggy client and thoroughly enjoyed having him here.
He settled in straight away, was friendly and playful. We never imagined choosing this breed ourselves but he's now a very firm favourite and today the house seems empty without him. Hope to look after him again sometime."

Gwen - 14th Mar, 2016
"I enjoy doing the best I can to make sure that my doggy guest feels relaxed, cared for and loved whilst they're away from home. This is what I would want for my own dog, when I have to go away on holiday, so I find it very rewarding to provide this for other people and their dogs."

Jenny - 8th Feb, 2016
"For me, the best part of being a Barking Mad host is getting to know all the different doggie personalities and making friendships with them, particularly when my new houseguest could be feeling a little bit homesick."

Margaret & Stan - 26th Jan, 2016
"We have thoroughly enjoyed hosting a lot of Barking Mad dogs over the last seven years. We have always had terrific support from Brad and team and prior to that from Chris and Alex. In all that time we have only needed help once during a visit, for minor veterinary attention, and that was dealt with very quickly and efficiently. I think this is because the dogs are well matched to their hosts (and the hosts own dogs!) in the first place. We also use Barking Mad for our own dogs holidays."

Adam - 22nd Jan, 2016
"When we moved to Dundee we both missed not having a dog in our lives. Being a host for Barking Mad gave us the opportunity to have that again, even though giving them back at the end is always hard.
It allowed us to see how well having a dog would fit into our lives in a full time situation, and directly influenced our decision to get our own. Now we look forward to hosting other dogs for Angus to play with.
As hosts, the support you receive from Brad is amazing and the detail he goes into to facilitate yours and the dogs well being is incredible.
I would thoroughly recommend anyone who wants to have a visitor now and again, someone who misses the company of the dog but has commitments and everybody who wants a dog but is not sure if it will work to become a host with Barking Mad, you won't regret it!"

Lorna - 22nd Jan, 2016
"I have been a host for several years, I started with Barking Mad as I wanted to have a dog but visiting family in the south made it impractical, so when I am home I have a dog, I have had a great variety of dogs from a little Jack Russell to a huge mountain dog. Barking mad is great because they match dogs with their hosts in all the years of hosting I have never had a dog that I would not have again. Hosting dogs means I go out everyday, I talk to many people and share doggie stories."

Ed and Barbara - 22nd Jan, 2016
"Having a four-legged lodger for a few days is always a pleasure. Still getting over the loss of our own dog but nothing cheers you up more than another wagging tail around the house. Great support from Brad and his team. If only he could do something about this awful Scottish weather."

Kate & Graham - 20th Jan, 2016
"We live in Shirley and have local parks, woods and fields nearby. Whatever the weather we love taking the dogs out and about. They have joined us for barbecues, street parties and made visits to a local elderly care home. Our grandchildren have learned to overcome their fear of dogs by meeting our 'guests'.Having a dog keeps us fit and healthy too. Our garden is large and well fenced so the dogs can enjoy chasing squirrels!

We would love to have a dog of our own but with working full-time until recently and travelling it never seemed the right time. Having dogs for Barking Mad has 'filled the need'. We have had so many dogs to stay (and everyone a pleasure) and one in particular has come twice a year since 2008.

Tina organises things so well - she 'matches' the right dog to the right host - so everyone is happy ( most of all the dog!)"

Susan - 20th Jan, 2016
"I love being a host for dogs with Barking Mad, and enjoy meeting the different visiting dogs, and getting to know each ones individual personality."

Sandra & Terry - 19th Jan, 2016
"We love being hosts to barking mad, Terry is around most of the day, and I work 4 days a week, so we can have doggies almost all the time other than we are on our hols !!, we already have our fav’s Bruno, Bentley, Darcy , Biscuit, Ben the boxer & Gunner, and Tina will try her up most so we can have them on repeat hols, it means a lot to us as we love looking after all the little & big ones, and they all have there own little characters, we have photos of all the dogs we have had since July last year, and look forward to seeing them all again this year, and miss them when they go home, It’s a pleasure to look after doggies on there hols, & and its filled a gap since loosing a couple of our own pets last year,"

Jenny, John and Jean - 15th Jan, 2016
"Being an animal lover - I love working with Barking Mad and being a host for them. I especially like having their beautiful doggies to stay. The doggies all have their own very different characters and we have some good times filled with really good fun and laughs with the doggies that stay with us.

We all really enjoy having the pets and get out and about and sometimes on the odd occasion we take them out to other parks and places close to home. Its just like having your own pet!

I do like the events and walks that Tina at Barking Mad arranges. Its a chance to get out with other hosts and meet them and hear their tales as a host.

I recall a fete we went to lovely sunny day with lots of dogs and we all had such a great time, I recall feeling quite sorry when the fete ended."

Tracey - 15th Jan, 2016
"We have been hosting since last summer and really enjoy the experience and getting to know the personalities of the dogs, even the cheeky ones !

I particularly like walking in the fields and woods nearby with my host dogs as company, and its great exercise too.


Rosina - 15th Jan, 2016
"I first looked after dogs in 2005 & have kept photos of all my visitors. After a break, came back to it a couple of years ago. I have had Millie two years running & cannot wait to greet her again in July, it feels like a special friend spending her holiday with me :)"

Gwen - 8th Jan, 2016
"Sheba, a beautiful Belgian Shepherd dog, was my first experience with 'Barking Mad'. She was adorable, very gentle, and well behaved. She seemed to fall in love with my partner - maybe she saw him as her temporary pack leader - and we both really enjoyed her company over the Christmas period. Having lost my own much loved collie of over 15 years, in October, I had felt lost without a dog to love and care for - so being a 'Barking Mad' host was ideal for me. We're so looking forward to our next doggie guest, and also hope to see Sheba again at some time in the future."

Celia - 8th Jan, 2016
"My last visitor, Pip, was an absolute sweetie. A breed I've not had experience of before and a real delight. She came to me for just a few days before going on to her regular family.
She loved her bed - well actually my bed - and when she was ready to go up at night she would stand at the bottom of the stairs, with one paw on the bottom step, and stare at me until I gave in."

Elaine - 9th Nov, 2015
"We really love our holiday dogs, we like to spoil them, love them, lots of cuddles and make sure they are really happy with us, it's lovely to get the same dog(s) over and over again, they just make themselves at home, and all our dogs know where the 'treat' cupboard is.. We get such a lot of love from them and look forward to them returning."

Sarah and Stan - 9th Nov, 2015
"We adore having new Barking Mad dogs come to stay and love it even more when they return for second and third visits. Its such a pleasure to spend time with these much loved dogs and take them for walks on the beach and around the countryside. We know that when our 'crazy' Collie goes to stay with a Barking Mad host, she will be safe, happy, and much loved."

Liz - 4th Nov, 2015
"We have really enjoyed hosting our last two dogs, Nelson and Finn. As a family we enjoy meeting the new dogs and letting them be a part of our family, albeit only for a while. It is good to know if we have any issues we can just call Emily. We hope to keep hosting even when we get our own dog, (something my husband would never have agreed to until he realized how complete a dog makes a home)."

Debra - 4th Nov, 2015
"We have had a full calendar for October starting with a surprise arrival as another host was sadly taken poorly. Ruby arrived within 40 minutes of the phone call but soon settled in and became a family favorite. Then came Azi, she takes over our lives but ooh how we love her. Lastly we had Jess, an old lurcher who turned into a puppy again when it was walkies time. Each very different but all very lovable."

Diana - 15th Oct, 2015
"I have always had dogs since I was born,having lived on a farm. I cannot remember ever being without dogs. Now I am on my own it is great to have more than one dog.
I am a dog lover, plus Kali my lab just love to go on walks and have company at home.
So we are both very happy bunnies"

Nicky - 13th Oct, 2015
"I started pet sitting nine years ago for Barking Mad.

It is very enjoyable and I love the country and Beach Walks. I have to make an effort to get out with the dogs here.

I have many regulars that come year after year. Each dog has its separate character. With the pairs I love watching the integration between the two dogs.

I work for Ian Carney who pays a lot of attention to detail, doesn't mind going over things with me if I am not sure and always makes sure the dog is familiar with my bungalow before he leaves. He always promptly answers the phone and I feel that I am not alone with the responsibility of someone else's dog.

My life would be empty without Barking Mad.

Nicky, Dorset Host. Posted by Nicky"

Clive - 23rd Sep, 2015
"Having just said goodbye to our 2nd holiday dog whom we've enjoyed entertaining and looking after. We look forward to our next dog!"

Carole - 21st Sep, 2015
"Nicola and her team always go the extra mile to ensure they are acting in the dogs best interest. If there is any doubt about a dogs health she will always act accordingly so that the owners can rest assured that there dog will get the best possible attention and the owner can relax and enjoy their holiday. We have always welcomed all our lovely dogs for holidays and they enjoy their stay.
Keep up the good work and keep sending these lovely dogs for their holidays that they can enjoy.
A first class team who cares unreservably for the dogs in their care. Posted by Carole"

Debra - 17th Sep, 2015
"We have just enjoyed a lovely long weekend with Roxy the staffy. She is so well behaved we hardly knew she was there but now she has gone our home is a quieter sadder place. This is why we love Barking Mad as each dog gives us a smile!"

Sarah and Stan - 9th Sep, 2015
"We love taking our four legged holiday friends for walks through the fields and to the beach, Its a privilege to get to know the new dogs and become friends and really special when they come back to us for a repeat holiday full of cuddles and fun."

Angela - 21st Aug, 2015
"I have just become a host for Barking Mad and recently cared for my first dog, a lovely old Labrador. He fitted in so well with my own two dogs and I thoroughly enjoyed giving him a special holiday for a few days and am really looking forward to helping out again. It is something very dear to my heart and feel I am being of use to others in providing a safe and welcoming home from home for someone's beloved pet. Plus my own pets also enjoy the company."

Elaine - 21st Aug, 2015
"We love looking after our holiday dogs, they are all really lovely, friendly and usually make themselves at home straight away. We especially like to have the same dog back time after time and they always look really pleased to see us again."

Brian and Carole - 19th Aug, 2015
"Monty is always a pleasure to have in our home.. Just gone back to his home after another great holiday.
Nicola and her team are as always very efficient and friendly. Thank you to all of you.
Brian and Carole Posted by Brian and Carole"

Diana - 19th Aug, 2015
"I love having dogs I was brought up with my father's GunDogs we always had 2 or 3 at a time. A friend saw you advertising for people to look after them while a way on holiday or just for a week- end. So I did just that. I loved having Maisie also Kali loved it as well."

Cynthia - 10th Aug, 2015
"My Barking Mad dogs, many of whom come back again and again, light up my life. They are all different, with different hopes and needs, and getting to know them and earn their trust and affection is pure joy. They go everywhere with me, visiting friends, shopping, and of course on lots of nice healthy walks, good for me as well as them. Total strangers have become friends, stopping me in the street with "What's this one's name, then?" - or even, on between days, with a disappointed "No dog today?"
God bless BM, my area manager Ian, my owners, and first and foremost, all my dogs."

Celia - 4th Aug, 2015
"Rolo has just gone home after his weekend trial. He passed with flying colours. 10/10 I would say and I'm looking forward to his return towards the end of the week.

Well done Emily - you worked out straight away what sort of dogs are best suited to my situation. Quicker than I did."

Pam & Ray - 21st Jul, 2015
"After a year of being without a dog it was great to have not one but two dogs in the house. To see two little faces greeting us from their crate when we returned home was lovely. They settled in well and Emily made sure we were happy with them. Our grandchildren who live opposite were constantly here playing with them, which they adored. If only we had heard about Barking Mad when we were dog owners and didn't want to use kennels!!!!!!!!"

Filomena - 9th Jul, 2015
"Having Pebbles for a few days was delightful and Finley enjoyed the company. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of dealing with a dog other than my own and understanding her needs.
She seemed extremely happy and made herself at home immediately. All doggie friends on park enjoyed meeting her and she was in her element.
Great fun all round."

Mary - 8th Jul, 2015
"I've often asked myself why on earth anyone would want to be a host for Barking Mad. Belly rubs, staffie, Henry's smelly farts, being first out in pristine snow, pickle's snoring (how the walls vibrate), watching Starsky grow from a gangling four month pup into a well behaved teenager. I can go on and on but my favourite is sleeping on the settee on a hot afternoon having a 'nana nap' with a happy, contented pooch sleeping on my stomach dreaming of rabbits.

In 2014 I looked after 24 different dogs, most of whom returned numerous times. So far this year I've had 18 from little to large to very large (ah yes - Dudley). If I put my foot down and ask for time out to have a holiday myself then I get those puppy dog eyes from Ian (the boss) suggesting that I would love to take a dog with me. I generally succumb and thoroughly enjoy our time together.

Would I recommend being a Barking Mad host to anyone else? Having a boss like Ian who is very keen and hands on makes being a host easier. Should anything crop up he will be straight round to deal with it. I love hosting and would urge those people who are thinking about it to have a go. Where else can you wake up to a pair of soulful eyes, a lolling tongue and a wet nose in your immediate field of vision - that's enough about the old man!

Hi you folks at head office. I have spoken to Ian and he says that if you use this can you put it on both his Bath and Dorset sites please. Many thanks. Mary xx"

Celia - 30th Jun, 2015
"Having lost my beloved 15-year-old Westie last July I decided to sign up as a Host with Barking Mad towards the end of the year.
To be honest the first dog that came to me didn't really suit me and I wasn't sure I would do it again. But Emily persuaded me to have another try and I've had several dogs since which have all been delightful. My favourite, Lulu, has just gone home after her third visit.
I know she loves coming to me and I love having her."

Shannon - 27th May, 2015
"I love looking after all the different types of dogs that come for there holiday with me. I love caring for them as if they where my own. It gets me out and about meeting new people and their dogs too. All the dogs I've had come everywhere with me and even though each dog had a different personality they where all great to have. I look forward to caring for more dogs as well as caring for the same dogs that i have had."

Brian and Carole - 27th May, 2015
"Just coming to the end of another period of hosting a Barking Mad dog on holiday. We really appreciate what Nicola and her team do to connect the right dog to the right family. After having dogs all our lives the time came for us not to be selfish and home another dog in later life. Barking Mad filled that gap and we adore giving a home from home holiday to these special dogs. It's just what we wanted for our dogs rather than kennels.

We feel privileged to be a host for Barking Mad and look forward to giving the next dog with a good home, a good holiday.

Nicola and her team are very professional and give the owners and host families a very professional approach which makes a good holiday for the dogs and a lot of fun and satisfaction for the hosts.

Keep up the good work and can't wait for the next dog to come on holiday. Thank you to you all. Brian and Carole"

Brian and Carole - 29th Apr, 2015
"Beau just gone back home after having another fun holiday with us. She so appreciates the TLC we give her and look forward to having her again.."

Sue - 17th Mar, 2015
"I have loved having the pugs, a breed I've been thinking about getting. Was so nice to have a dog in the house again. All very well behaved and was nice to know Emily was always on call should the need arise. Looking forwards to my next house guest. Sue"

Celia - 10th Mar, 2015
"Lulu, a delightful little Coton de Tulear, was collected from me yesterday after a nine-day stay. We both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and I was sorry to see her go. - Can't wait for her to come back again."

Elaine & Tony - 26th Feb, 2015
"Love looking after our holiday dogs. It's a brilliant, well run company, with people who really do care about the dogs, I would highly recommend to would be hosts or dog owners who can rest assured their babies will be well looked after."

Liz - 25th Feb, 2015
"Really enjoyed having Hamish. Appreciated the support, from Emily, with the walking issue and the fact I could call if any issues.

Next dog please.


Hayley - 25th Feb, 2015
"Me and my family love being a part of the Barking mad team! It makes me feel happy knowing the dog isnt in kennels and instead having a fun time in the our home. Its also great for my own two dogs, it gives them the chance to make new friends and socialise with other dogs all shapes and sizes!"

VLG - 8th Jan, 2015
"I recently hosted my first little visitors from Barking Mad. I was slightly nervous having 3 at once, but I need not have been concerned, Emily was very good with lots of info about what I needed to do.
They very quickly settled in and I really enjoyed having their companionship. I loved taking them out each day and watching them play with their toys."

Shirley - 1st Dec, 2014
"It's now twelve years since I first asked Barking Mad to look after our lovely Boxer Amber.Later,we became hosts and since Amber died,Barking Mad has helped to fulfill our enjoyment of canine companionship with dogs of many different breeds and temperament.
It is lovely when we have repeat visitors,to know that their owners are just as pleased with the Barking Mad service and care of their cherished dogs as I was with Amber."

Carole and Brian - 19th Nov, 2014
"Had a wonderful three weeks with Molly she really enjoyed her holiday. Thanks Nicola you were very supportive and explained every thing needed for Molly to enjoy her stay.
Looking forward to our next visitor.

Posted by: Carole and Brian Lee on 18th Nov, 2014"

Geoff and Ruth - 29th Oct, 2014
"We love the opportunity of hosting dogs as we no longer have of our own. This is a great way of having a dog around the house without the commitment of owning a dog."

Liz - 30th Sep, 2014
"My family and I love being hosts as it gives us the chance to meet lots of different dogs and get to know them.

The house feels empty once the dog has gone but we really enjoy giving the dogs a holiday and the owners piece of mind that this member of their family is being cared for safely and for a few days is a part of our family.

It is always good to know that Emily is on the end of the phone for support and the clear guidelines from the owners let us know what the dog enjoys and what their routines are."

Bruan and Carole - 22nd Sep, 2014
"We have just had our first dog on holiday and jess was a pleasure to have. We have always had dogs but lost our last one a year ago. It was a hard decision not to have another, but our age is against commiting to owning another. We saw a local advert for hosts and Nicola from barking mad made the whole process so easy.
Its the best decision we could have made and cant wait for our next doggy to come for a holiday. They make the house a home again. We love it. Thanks Nicola."

Monica - 28th Aug, 2014
"I lost my dog after 15 yrs together , so Barking Mad is ideal for me, I so enjoy having my doggy visitors, every one of them have their own characteristics, which is so nice to discover, whether they like playing ball, or tug of war with one of their toys, and I enjoy our walks as much as they do as well. Posted by Monica Bennett"

Ruth - 12th Aug, 2014
"How does one sum up being a Barking Mad host? Fun, good loving company, enjoyable healthy exercise and sociable walks when holiday dogs are here. When they are not, then time alone to relax, visit friends, have days out, holidays etc, but soon something is missing. You can't beat doggy company! So I look forward to my next 4 legged holiday guest.

When they arrive I read their notes (what to feed, when to walk, favourite games) all the information I need to make them feel at home. Together we enjoy their holiday and I help them write a holiday post card at the end of their stay!

Life couldn't be better, especially when they come again and their body language, eyes and tail all say 'great to be back, let's have more fun.' Penny the Patterdale, Ellie the Collie, Riley and Alfie thank you for coming into my life. I'm sure you are the first of many more holiday makers who I'll enjoy welcoming into this holiday home for dogs.

When my 16 year old Bonnie went to doggie heaven recently I couldn't decide whether or not to get another dog. There were advantages on both sides, so I got in touch with Barking Mad and with help from Nicola I became a holiday home for dogs. It's great fun, varied, flexible and rewarding; The benefits of having a dog whenever you want, without being tied all the time.
Thank you Barking Mad for enhancing my life.

Posted by: Ruth Middlebrough on 9th Aug, 2014"

Mandy - 11th Jul, 2014
"I have always owned animals but current circumstances don't allow me to commit full time to the care of a pet. I missed so much not having one around, saw the advert for Barking Mad and Barking Mad took me on. It is the perfect solution! I have had the privilege of looking after some wonderful dogs, enjoying walks and cuddles with my little friends. Now I always have a doggie to look forward to, some of them stay with me regularly, which is especially fun. Any drawbacks? - having to return my little friends at the end of their holiday!

Becoming a Barking Mad Host is one of the best decisions I have ever made!!"

Mavis - 30th Jun, 2014
"I have been hosting for Barking Mad for almost six years now, and have so much enjoyed the company of some beautiful dogs of many breeds. I didn't want to get another dog of my own, so this was a perfect solution to have the opportunity of having a lovely dog for company, walks and fun, and yet be free to go away whenever I chose. As time goes by, certain dogs return for repeated holidays, which proves that a happy dog means a happy owner who entrusts their much loved pet to you. Barking Mad is a well structured company, and it is always good to know that 24hr support is on hand if ever needed."

Bernie & Susie - 24th Jun, 2014
"Although new to Barking Mad its been one of the best things we have done living on a small farm we have space and plenty of local walks to offer our wonderful friends who have stayed with us. each one is missed and we long for their return.
We have set up a gallery of our new friends and find great pleasure looking at the moments they have shared with us."

Niccola - 4th Jun, 2014
"I can honestly say that being a host for barking mad has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. It has helped me physically, emotionally and financially. After losing my own dearly loved Jack Russell I decided I couldn't have another dog to go through the pain of losing it again. Then along came Barking Mad, it must be nearly 7 years ago now and I've never looked back. All the dogs are such a pleasure and a joy to care for. You love them like they are your own and yes, you miss them when they go home but you know there will be another little one on its way to fill the space very soon . The best thing is that they do all come back regularly so your home really does become a home from home, it is wonderful when they come in and you know they are as happy to see you again as you are to see them. It really is the best thing, everything is in place to ensure you have 24hr help and support if necessary. You can specify what type or size of dog you prefer and also specify when you are available. Basically if you're happy the dog is happy and vice versa."

Karen - 27th May, 2014
"This has been my first week as a host of Barking Mad and I/we are loving
it! My first dog guest was Maisie a bearded collie cross. She stayed with us
for the weekend and was such a pleasure to look after. We had lots of fun at
the beaches and parks. We then had lovely little Malcolm a jack Russell cross.
He was very excitable but settled very quickly. He loved playing in the back garden and on
our walks where he came across rabbits, horses and even hens. We are looking
forward to getting gorgeous Bertie very soon. The house seems strange when we
don't have a doggy guest now.

Thanks again, Brad.
Karen, Brian, Nico and Dylan."

Barbara & Peter - 23rd May, 2014
"Our "visitors" have become part of our family over the years. They are as different as our children, and, just like our kids, we love them to bits. Nicola has proved to be a good friend as well as a wonderful "boss". Of course, we do spoil our dogs but they are on their holiday!"

Bev & Ellie - 15th May, 2014
"We love the flexibilty of having different dogs to look after, and we have a few regulars now, especially over half term and school holidays, they bring such fun into the house, with their own individual personalities, we shower them with love and affection (as would their owners) and get very attached - but we know they have to go home, till the next time..."

Cid - 15th May, 2014
"There are so many reasons to love having dogs come to stay with us..... we love having a variety of sizes and breeds and personalities, there's always something to delight us! My boys love having dogs around to play with, and they don't get bored with walking them or feeding them because there's always something different. We get such fantastic characters come and stay with us, they get us out and about, they fill the house with wonderful dogginess. If there's a downside, it's the sadness when they go back home..... until our next doggy friend comes to stay, that is!"

maxine - 22nd Apr, 2014
"I enquired about being a host following my friends' dog being on a 'Barking Mad' holiday. As soon as I met Tina I decided that I would like to become a host, because I was impressed by her friendly professionalism and her genuine love of meeting the needs of dogs and their owners. I have been very well matched with some delightful canine companions! I look forward to the regulars and to meeting new dogs. I have not had any problems as such, but appreciate the speed of response and action from Tina, Colin and Carol-Ann when I have needed information or help with something. I might also add that that Tina, Colin and Carol-Ann are as lovely as the dogs they bring!"

Mick and Shirley - 22nd Apr, 2014
"When we retired, we considered getting a dog of our own. We'd had lots of dogs whilst the children were young but it had been a few years since our last one had died. However, we planned to travel so thought perhaps it wasn't a sensible idea. Then one day, Shirley overheard a conversation about Barking Mad.....and the rest is history! Tina was brilliant - her passion and love for the animals was obvious and we warmed to her straight away. Very soon after, Charlotte, a chocolate Labrador, came to stay with us for 2 weeks. Charlotte adopted us and gave us all her love, attention and affection. The walks, the fresh air, the laughter we had with her were excellent. We said "goodbye" and looked forward to our next dog. Since 2011, when we became hosts, we've had lots of different dogs and return visits from a number of them. It's great getting to know their personalities and learning about them. Tina is always available to consult if there are any difficulties. If anyone is considering becoming a host, we would strongly recommend it. We've never regretted it for one moment! We've just returned from 9 weeks travelling and are desperate to meet our next four legged house guest!"

Karen and Paul - 17th Apr, 2014
"A house isn't a home without a dog in it. Our labrador, Hero loves to have a friend for a couple weeks - they have lots of fun running and playing together, then Hero gets a rest before the next doggy visitor arrives. There's something very special about a wagging tail, and a doggy greeting! We're very pleased we found Barking Mad and treat all our visitors as we would expect Hero to be treated - with love and respect."

Helen - 17th Apr, 2014
"My family used Barking Mad initially for our own dog Sally. She was an old labrador and I never wanted her to be put in kennels when we went on holiday. Tina at Barking Mad came out and totally put our minds at ease. We were shown various hosts, their gardens and all Sally's needs were taken care of. This made us feel so relaxed going on holiday knowing Sally was in the best hands, literally home from home care. She was, most of the time, homed with the same family which was even more reassuring! Sally did take poorly when we were on holiday once and we were up-dated daily by Tina and Barking Mad took extremely good care of her, I will never forget them for that. When Sally passed away a few years ago we knew we didn't want to get another dog and decided on being a host family. It really is the best of both worlds. My 12 year old son particularly loves dogs coming to stay and the love we get from them. We've had all sorts of different dogs and characters. However, as we are busy during school holidays etc, we can select when we would like to take dogs. We have the freedom now and it's so much fun. The great thing is we know we have the back up and support from Tina which is fantastic. If things sometimes don't work out Tina is there to help and even take a dog should we be unable to look after it (which is a very rare occurrence as Tina is excellent at selecting the right dog for the right host). We take lots of photographs for the owners which Tina emails to them, should they wish, on holiday. We also write a little postcard for the families so they know what their pet has been up to while they have been away. It really is a fantastic company and I couldn't recommend them highly enough. If you are wanting company from a dog but without the full time commitment then look no further than Barking Mad. Go on, give it a try.......!"

Sue and Paul - 17th Apr, 2014
"We became hosts for Barking Mad, thinking it would be good to have a dog occasionally and the exercise would be good for us, being retired we need to keep going!!
Tina impressed us immediately..she really works hard at matching the dogs to the people. We love dogs that are good fun on their walks, but behave in the house (who doesn't?) and we have had a range of young and old, big and small and lots and lots of Labradors. If there has been a problem e.g. The dog needs the vet to check something, Tina, Colin or Carol Ann arrive and take the animal to the vet. We had one dog who obviously wasn't happy, and frankly was making us unhappy, perhaps pining for its owner, and Tina took it and looked after it herself. So we never have to worry that we are stuck with an animal that we don't get on with.
Tina has become a good friend, and her team of Colin and Carol Ann are so professional and caring with the animals it is a pleasure to 'do business' with them.

If you are thinking of being a host, do try it...you have a lot of fun, I enjoy the caring for some of the older ones as well as running round with the young ones, without the responsibility of having your own animal. Posted by Sue and Paul Allcroft"

Audrey - 16th Apr, 2014
"Due to health issues I am unable to have a dog of my own. Being a host for barking mad means I can have the company and pleasure of a dog, for a period of time with out the resposibility and cost of owning a dog myself.It is nice to know that as a host I can enable owners to have a break safe in the knowledge that their dog is being cared for by someone whose aim it is to give the dog a holiday in a friendly loving enviorment."

erika - 16th Apr, 2014
"I have been a host for nearly 9 years with my husband and now I am on my own. It is an absolute absolute pleasure to have my little dogs come to stay! I have regular ones and find it a privilege to be trusted with someones pet. They are my friends and it gives me something to focus on meet other dog lovers as well.

Posted by: Erika Cockerill on 15th Apr, 2014"

Dorothy - 16th Apr, 2014
"My husband and I thoroughly enjoy being hosts for dogs. Faye is great and runs a valuable service. Every dog we have has it's own wee personality and we grow to love them more and more every day. They are like little rays of sunshine in our home. We are so happy we decided to be hosts. We love it."

Ian - 16th Apr, 2014
"It is a real pleasure for us to look after so many varied dogs and hopefully give them a great time in a caring way close to their home life.Have done this now for over 3 years with nothing but positive experiences and would fully recommend being a host."

Jaclyn - 15th Apr, 2014
"We are the lucky ones that get to look after your lovely dogs my family and i enjoy it because we get to meet so many different characters and they are all individual and whilst they are with us they are treated as part of our family. We love dogs but because of work commitments we can only host during the school holidays so we are always looking forward to our new guest arriving and we hope to be part of Barking Mad for a very long time."

Our HostsOur hosts

Emily Timms

Hi my name is Emily and I’m very proud to be the owner of the franchise for the Gatwick area.

I live with my seven year old cheeky Cocker Spaniel called Charlie who keeps me on my toes. We belong to a local dog agility club and compete at regular Kennel Club shows. Charlie is really good at agility and has won some trophies and lots of rosettes. When it goes wrong it’s always because of me and at which point he’s very good at telling me off

Before joining Barking Mad I ran my own payroll business for 12 years. I decided that it was time for a new challenge. When I heard of Barking Mad I thought it was such a great service that I knew I had to bring it to this area.

I know how hard it is to leave your beloved dog(s) behind when you go away. I could never put my dog Charlie into kennels he is so used to getting lots of attention and cuddles it would be like putting him in prison. I would worry about him constantly while I was away.

Our dogs are part of our family and we want nothing but the best for them. Ensuring that they have just as good a holiday as you do and giving you complete peace of mind is my main priority. I will take the time to get to know you, your dog(s) and understand their requirements and yours. They will be matched with one of our very special host families who will give them their undivided attention while your away. You will get messages and photos to reassure you that all is well and you will even get a postcard at the end of the holiday telling you exactly what adventures they have had.

Our host families are what makes us such a great alternative to kennels. Each host is carefully selected. We have lots of different hosts from teachers who host during school holidays, retired hosts who don't want the full time commitment or they cannot afford a dog full time.

If you would like to enjoy all the benefits of dog ownership without the financial or full time commitment then why not become a host. We will be on hand to give you 24/7 support.

So, if you would like to know more about a Barking Mad holiday for your dog(s) or are interested in becoming a host, please do get in touch - I would love to hear from you.

Places Covered

We're delighted to provide our service in the following towns and surrounding areas:

  • Bletchingley
  • Copthorne
  • Crawley
  • Crawley Down
  • Dorking
  • East Grinstead
  • Forest Row
  • Gatwick
  • Gomshall
  • Horley
  • Horsham
  • Lingfield
  • Merstham
  • Outwood
  • Redhill
  • Reigate
  • Rudgwick
  • Salfords
  • South Nutfield
  • Westhumble

and surrounding areas.


Customer Comments

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Ruby came back happy and tired showing she enjoyed her stay and lovely long walks.

Posted by: Sarah on

Pip loved staying with the other family - well we think so anyway because he returned home un-phased and like he had not been away. That is the sign to us of a happy dog.
I would recommend Barking Mad for someone to look after their 'furry babies'.

Posted by: Claire Minter on

Fozzie has stayed on several occasions with families from Barking Mad and has been well looked after and come back very happy. When he knows he is going on another of his holidays he is very happy and excited.

Posted by: Mel and Jenny on

Another happy stay for my dog with a lovely family. Emily (and Charlie)even helped me out with some last minute logistic problems, so thank you!

Posted by: Lynne, Dorking on

Our Scottie, Fergus, happily gets into Emily's car and doesn't look back! He comes home equally happy and we love that we get photos and postcards from his holiday. A great service, especially for sensitive dogs ( and owners!).

Posted by: Rob and Jane on

Thanks again for having Pip. Emily is great at arranging a suitable family for him to go to. He loves company and children and came home very happy from his little holiday. The collection and drop off service also helps us not have to rush around last minute before we go away. I could not recommend enough.

Posted by: Claire Minter on

Fozzie gets so excited when Emily arrives to take him off for his holidays - he is one happy camper! Thanks to Barking Mad for giving us a worry-free holiday.

Posted by: Mel and Jenny on

Great service as always.
This is the first time I have been away for anything longer than a long weekend and I felt confident that Teddy was going to be looked after really well.
Emily was brilliant at setting my mind at rest and didn't bat an eyelid at all the stuff I sent with Teddy to his host family.
Teddy was very well looked after.

Posted by: Pam Martin on

knowing that my dog is happily settled in a home from home while I'm away gives me great piece of mind.

Posted by: Jane on

We have used Barking Mad several times now and each time our cute, much loved but nervous dog has been well looked after and comes back very happy and healthy. Each time he goes he trots off happily with Emily to his new destination. It works very well for us and we have no anxieties and worries while we are away on our holidays and we would like to thank all his hosts for the care they have taken.

Posted by: Mel and Jenny on

Our second, longer stay for our dog with BM went very well. The earlier 'sleepover' meant that Ben was happy to go back with Emily and he settled in well. He came home relaxed after 2 weeks, and the chosen family obviously made him welcome.

Posted by: Lynne Robb on

Pip had another lovely time with his dog sitters while we were away. He returned very happy and got straight back into routine with no problems. A lot less stressful for him than the kennels.

Thanks Barking Mad and Emily for the service.

Posted by: Claire Minter on

Sheba came home happy, she seems to consider the hosts to be family who she stays with.
Posted by: Peter Le Monnier on 30th Mar, 2016

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Fozzie just loves going on his holidays and always comes back happy and healthy. We are just so pleased to have discovered Barking Mad and in particular Emily Timms who looks after us so well. Fozzie has a fantastic relationship with Emily. He gets so excited when she arrives to collect him, so everything must be working very well from Fozzie's point of view.


Posted by: Mel and Jenny on

Emily from Barking Mad has looked after our Retriever, Monty, a number of times. He leaves us happy and comes home to us after his stay happy. The service has given us peace of mind, knowing he is well looked after and being loved fed played with and walked as we would want. I have to say that his care plan is far superior to my mums! Emily and the host families have been great.
We will use them again.
Fiona & Andy

Posted by: Fiona Haywood on

We were very happy that it all went very well thanks to Emily, leaving us free from worry and Ruby came back relaxed and calm.

Posted by: Sarah on

Once again Ambrose returned happy and healthy from his holiday. He always greets Emily with great joy & excitement which inspires such confidence in the way he is treated whilst we are away. He is always delighted to see us when he comes home, but never seems worried about hopping into Emily's car! He couldn't go to his usual Auntie & Uncle this time, but Emily found another loving couple who made him very welcome. We really appreciate Emily's friendly professional service - thanks again Barking Mad.

Posted by: Anne Baker on

Very professional service and response times. Sansa came back from her holiday and seemed really relaxed which we took as a good sign that she had had a good time so thank you to her weekend foster family. Emily was very professional and friendly which all helped with our letting our loved little dog away from us for a couple of days. Thank you Barking Mad.

Posted by: Dawn Clark on

Fozzie really gets on well with Emily Timms and when she called to collect him for his recent holiday he was very happy meeting her again and going off in the car, which made us feel comfortable. He was well looked after by Rose and Bryan and came back very fit, healthy and happy.

Posted by: Mel and Jenny Gunn on

So great to go on holiday and know that our beloved doggie Rolo was being cared for in a comfortable home environment. We were able to relax almost from the onset as we received a reassuring email and photos of him settling into his holiday home. Really happy with the whole Barking Mad experience from the initial phone call to when Rolo was dropped home after his week away. Will definitely recommend Barking Mad to others. And thank you Emily for arranging everything at such short notice!

Posted by: Michelle on

As I'm sure most people are, we were pretty worried and nervous about Finn being with someone that didn't know him (mainly because of his many health conditions and concerns). Usually we take Finn everywhere with us but on this occasion was not possible as it was our wedding day! Initially we were nervous about Finn being away but felt more relaxed knowing he had his trial and seemed to thoroughly enjoy himself (and not miss us at all which is great).
Thank you Emily for proving such a great service that really put our mind at rest when our dog Finn stayed with Liz and her family for the weekend.
We cannot thank you enough for the peace of mind you provided.
We will certainly be recommending you and if we ever need to have Finn stay away again in the future we will definitely be returning customers.
Many thanks again to all involved .
Michele and family x

Posted by: Michele Wolfe on

Thank you for taking good care of Finn for his trial. We were really nervous about him going away for the night but it was lovely to have photos at his holiday home and a postcard following his stay. Really nice touch and very well managed. Hopefully we won't be so nervous about him going away in a few weeks time. Thank you to both Emily and Liz.

Posted by: Michele Wplfe on

We are new customers to Barking Mad and Nelson our dog went on his first weekend away a couple of weeks ago. Eveything went well Emily and Steve planned it all and kept us in touch via whats app. Nelson came back a happy dog and is off to the same host next weekend. Very pleased with how it has all gone.

Posted by: Sue on

I'm a first time client of Barking Mad, and so far Emily has provided a very friendly and professional service, and this gives me confidence that my dog will be well looked after.

Posted by: Victoria on

Thank you so much Barking Mad, I am so pleased with the service we received.
We were only away for a few days but it was out first time away without Teddy, who was only 6 months old and we are over the moon that Teddy had a great "holiday" and we did not need to worry at all.

Teddy has never been to kennels so we were looking for something different. We found the personal service and update text messages a great way to help us deal with our separation anxiety!

Would highly recommend and will certainly be using Barking Mad again.

Thank you Posted by Pam

Posted by: bmadadmin on

i have to say i wouldnt consider lulu going on her holiday with anybody else now .
Lulu was calm and relaxed when she left and it was great to hear from you later the same day to reassure me that she had settled in with Auntie Ann and even got a photo,
When she came home she was just as calm and relaxed as she was when she went . Its a no lose situation as far as my husband and myself are concerned , if Lulu is happy then so are we. Looking forward to our holiday in september now as we can go with the knowledge that Lulu is going to be cared for the same as we care for her ourselves.
Many Thanks once again
Bob and Eileen Wheeler x

Posted by: Eileen Wheeler on

I was very pleased with how Teddy's holiday went.
It was very reassuring to receive pictures and updates, will have absolutely no reservations about future holidays as have every confidence in your care

Posted by: christine ash on

Having had various experiences with kennels (not particularly good ones!) we were optimistic when we found Emily and Barking Mad. From the very first meeting, she reassured us and took details about our dog, a very friendly and sociable cocker spaniel called Buster. Emily went through in detail about his likes, dislikes, eating habits and whether or not he was allowed up on furniture (I am afraid he has made his own rules on that one!). Emily then matched him with a wonderful host, 'Auntie Ann'! He clearly had a fantastic time with her and came back happy and looking absolutely amazing as she even managed to get him to sit still for a groom.

We are so impressed with the service and the fact that we could go on holiday knowing Buster would be in good hands. We can highly recommend Barking Mad.

Posted by: Christine Tebbutt on

What a joy it has been to find Barking Mad; recommended by a friend whose dog has enjoyed his holidays with you, I contacted Emily. She visited us to meet Ambrose our young Labradoodle and took time to find out all about his routines, likes, dislikes and the games he enjoys. So professional, yet friendly, Emily put my mind at rest about leaving Ambrose when we go away this summer & the icing on the cake was that this weekend's sleepover with his holiday family was a huge success. I think they love him as much as we do, so he has a new Auntie & Uncle and we can go on holiday next month with no worries about the care and love he will receive. We couldn't ask for more! Thank you.

Posted by: Anne Baker on

As always we have been more than happy with the service from Barking Mad & Emily Timms. Bonnie our flat coated retriever has again had a wonderful holiday with her host family. Knowing she is in safe hands allows us to enjoy our holiday without any worries. The texts & photos we receive at the start are always an extra reassurance & we love the postcard when she arrives back home telling us of her stay. Its these extra special touches that make this a fantastic home from home service which we will always use. Thank you once again Emily & Barking Mad.

Posted by: Tracy Fulton on

What a fabulous service! My excitable Labrador loved his holiday. You could tell that he was very happy , well walked and spoilt. He came back with a big pink heart cushion which he takes everywhere including his bed!
Seriously, Emily from Barking Mad has taken the time to get to know Hamish and all his quirky ways. A very professional and thorough service that takes all your worries about leaving your beloved pooch.

Posted by: Fiona Maguire on

Thank you to Emily Timms and Barking Mad for looking after Fozzie during our recent time away on holiday. Thanks especially for the extra care and love given him when he needed to visit the vets so unexpectedly and for keeping us so well informed throughout. It was very reassuring to know that our pet was receiving the best of care while we were away when we were unable to deal with him ourselves.

Posted by: Mel and Jenny Gunn on

I was very nervous about leaving my dog with anyone until I found this company which reassured me that he would be happy and safe. I thought the fact that they text me to let me know how he had settled and sent us pictures enabled me to relax knowing he was in safe hands and I would definitely use them again, thank you Emily and Barking Mad and see you again very soon.

Posted by: Glynis Worsfold on 22nd Dec, 2014

Posted by: bmadadmin on

We were looking for a 'home from home' service for Fozzie and came across Emily Timms and Barking Mad from an advert at our vets. At very short notice Emily was able to find accommodation with a host family which was suitable for a dog who is very particular about his surroundings! Emily is very professional and caring and obviously has a great understanding of dogs and their needs. We're very grateful to Emily and the host family for being so helpful.

Posted by: Mel and Jenny Gunn on

We have always been very happy with the service Barking Mad provides and this time was no exception.Emily Timms of the Gatwick branch was new to us but was able to find us a host at very short notice. Bonnie our 8 year old Flatcoat Retriever only needed one nights stay this time although she did have 2 full days with her host and I'm sure she would have loved to have stayed longer. We were a little bit apprehensive as it was someone new to Bonnie and us but we needn't have been. Emily was very friendly and professional on the phone and was equally the same when she came to collect Bonnie. She was spot on time and Bonnie took to her straight away and knew she was going on holiday. It was lovely to receive updates with pictures. We found this very reassuring. We also loved the postcard on Bonnie's return telling us all about her stay with her host Jeanette. It sounds like she had a busy and fun time. Bonnie was very happy on her return and you just knew that she had been taken good care of. Thank you Emily, Jeanette and Barking Mad.

Posted by: Tracy Fulton on

Barking Mad is a fantastic service! Emily Timms of the Gatwick branch of Barking Mad recently helped us place our two toy poodles in a host home when we went on a short holiday. We were extremely impressed with the efficient, thorough and friendly approach shown by Emily when she came to our house to meet us and our two dogs. We loved receiving the photos of our two dogs via an App while we were away and a delightful postcard "from" the dogs was also provided. The host, Ann, sounds absolutely lovely and clearly the dogs got on extremely well with her and she with them. Emily was punctual down to the minute when she picked up the dogs from our house and brought them back after the holiday, and she was also a delightful person - a pleasure to deal with. We would have no hesitation in recommending Barking Mad to other dog owners and look forward to using the company again when we next go away. It's a a super service and I can't think of a single thing I would criticise, change or improve. Thanks, Emily, Ann, and Barking Mad. You helped us have a stress-free holiday knowing that our two pooches were so well cared-for in our absence.

Posted by: Kathy Oliver on

Great service. Was worried about leaving our puppy at a young age but he was in good hands. Will definitely use again in the future

Posted by: Sharon Valente on


                    Barking Mad Gatwick up for sale

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Since starting with Barking Mad Gatwick nearly 3 years ago, we have provided many holidays to all types of dogs from Miniature Schnauzers to Great Danes. I have loved every minute of being involved in such a happy business and have met some fabulous people and their lovely dogs! However due to a change in personal circumstances (my other business processing Payroll for a number of clients has become increasingly busy), I have very sadly had to make the difficult decision to sell my franchise business.

If you are interested in running your own fully operational and respected business, working from home and, the best bit, working with dogs, THIS is your opportunity !!

Barking Mad receives a large number of enquiries on a daily basis, from people who'd love to turn the dream of working with dogs and dog lovers into a successful career. The multi-award winning franchisor offers: unrivalled support, highly profitable repeat business, industry leading systems, a flexible career to suit your lifestyle, comprehensive training, the security of a tried and tested business model, huge market potential and realistic start up costs.

Gatwick area has huge growth potential within it. It is a business where every day is different but one thing is certain-everyday, someone says THANK YOU....and that is pretty unique.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about this fantastic franchise opportunity please do not hesitate to call me on 01732 252118 or 07855 760011. There is lots of information on our franchising page on this website.

Meanwhile, I remain dedicated to providing customers and hosts with the top quality service they are accustomed to and will continue to enjoy working with all of our lovely hosts and customers until the new franchisee is fully up to speed.

June 2017
Hi everyone. Hope you’re all enjoying the sunshine.
I decided to invest in a temperature alarm for the car from AnimAlarm. It sends me a text when the car goes over a certain temperature. Great when you feel hot in the front of the car and don’t now how hot it is in the back for the dogs. Especially when I have older or dogs on medication. You can be reassured that your dogs journey with Barking Mad will be as comfortable as possible.

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This is Skye she is on holiday at the moment with one of my lovely hosts. She is the tallest dog we have had on holiday with us so far. She’s a Great Dane and believe it or not she is a small Great Dane.


May 2017

Hi Everyone!

Hope your enjoying the sunshine. We are getting really busy for the summer months so please book ASAP to avoid disappointment.

This month was very exciting for Barking Mad as it was the first time we advertised on TV. Have you seen our TV advert yet?

It has been a busy month with new dogs using our service for the first time. Please see some of their photo’s below. They were all very well behaved.

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April 2017

March has been full of highs and lows. But everything turned out ok in the end.

We had our oldest dog out on holiday with her younger brother this month. Both are Pugs. Kayla is 16 years old, blind and deaf while Goliat (Danish for Goliath) was very happy to behave like a puppy. Well done to Susan who had them to stay for 28 days. You did really well and by all accounts everyone really enjoyed themselves.

The low had to be when my dog Charlie managed to get a thorn stuck in his paw which then become infected. He had to have a general anaesthetic to have his paw cleaned. As you can see in the photo he wasn’t impressed with his blue bandage. I decided to get him some boots to help him while we were out walking to make sure it didn’t become infected again. They really helped keep him clean as well which is great with all the mud. He’s all well now and back to running around and doing agility.     



 January 2017

Happy New Year everyone.

So far this year it has been a busy one as customers are starting to think about their Easter, summer holidays and booking their dogs in for a holiday with Barking Mad. Please book ASAP so I can try and book your dog in with their normal host.
All our dogs had a great time over Christmas and the New Year where they were included in all the celebrations with their host families. This is Shakespeare checking out the Christmas tree.



December 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our customers and hosts. Looking forward to a great 2017 with lots of lovely dogs.

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                This is my dog Charlie in his Christmas outfit. Don’t you think he makes a lovely Pudding.

In November we had 3 lovely pugs from one family enjoying their own dog holiday with Pam. Well done Pam it’s a lot of paws to wipe. They have recently moved from Italy to Crawley so some of their commands are in Italian.

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Have a great time and see you in 2017!!!!!!!


October 2016

It’s feeling very autumnal now as all the leaves are starting to fall but it’s always great to get out in the fresh air with your dog by your side.

This month we had some lovely new customers join us including Alby he’s a very cute miniature Dachshund. His owners while on holiday decided they wanted another dog so before they even got back to the U.K they found a breeder on the Kennel club web site. So Alby now has a brother called Rolo (brown) he’s only 8 weeks old in the photo. Rolo with his brother will be enjoying there holiday with Barking Mad in the future.

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Don’t forget to enter our competition to win a champagne hot air balloon flight with Virgin. It’s free and only takes a couple of seconds to enter. Go to our homepage on our website to enter. GOOD LUCK.

August 2016

 Hope you all had a lovely September and everything has now got back to normal with the children going back to school.

 Remember we are always looking for people who would like to have dogs from time to time. So if you know anyone who would be interested even if its just for Christmas. please ask them to get in touch.

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Don’t forget to enter our competition to win a champagne hot air balloon flight with Virgin. It’s free and only takes a couple of seconds to enter. Go to our homepage on our website to enter. GOOD LUCK.

We had a great time at The Outwood Village Fayre. We were really lucky with the weather. Charlie (my dog) enjoyed meeting lots of you, and it was lovely to meet your dogs.



                                                                       2 year anniversary

Where has the time gone it’s been 2 years now since Barking Mad has been in the Gatwick area. It’s been great meeting such lovely owners and hosts along with some great dogs. I look forward to arranging even more dog holidays in the years to come.

It was great to meet so many of you at the Royal British Legion Fayre on 10th at Priory Nurseries in Nutfield.

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Hattie went along to the Springer Rescue dog show. She really enjoyed meeting all your lovely dogs and such a worthwhile charity.

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Hattie has been getting out and about leaving leaflets everywhere. Have you seen any...

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We are happy to welcome Hattie to the Barking Mad family! She adores dogs, and is helping to boost our local profile and sniff out more perfect hosts for the dogs. She has just graduated university and is looking forward to starting a masters degree in International Relations. In the meantime, Hattie is thoroughly enjoying meeting potential customers and their dogs.

May 2016

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It was great to meet so many of you at Cowpie show at the beginning of May. We were really lucky with the weather and everyone looked like they were having a great time. Lots of lovely dogs.

April 2016

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We all enjoyed our yearly conference in the lake district.

Don’t forget to enter our free competition to win a champagne balloon flight. www.barkingmad.uk.com/competition

March 2016

It’s a small world.

A couple popped into HQ who where on holiday in Troutbeck in March with their Greyhound Ben. They had previously bought Lancashire life and saw our Barking Mad spread in the magazine. They were on a bit of a de-tour and as they passed in their car they noticed our Barking Mad sign at our head offices so thought they would stop by and say hi. He's just done his sleepover and loved staying with Barking Mad.

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The missing ring.

Pat one of our lovely hosts recently had a Great Dane called Skye to stay. They both had a lovely time together and Pat enjoyed using Skye’s grooming glove to give her a lovely massage and brush. Once Skye had gone home Pat realised she was missing one of her rings. She looked everywhere and then asked me to ask Skye’s owner if it was still in the glove. It was!! We where so glad that we could return it to her and the mystery was solved.

March 2016

Spring is at last here and I’m sure a lot of you are now thinking about a summer holiday. We are already getting really booked for the end of August so don’t forget to book your dogs holiday ASAP.

I have a new Barking Mad Facebook page. Please have a look and like the page as all your dogs will appear on here when they have been on holiday with us (If you agree).

Dog of the month – Arthur he’s a cockerpoo he spends most of his time dancing and walking around on his back legs.

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A group of us from Barking Mad meet up for a social get together and had a game of bowling.

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February 2016

We have a great offer for you a free photo shoot worth £150 for your dog. It’s with Hawksworth and Chub. They are professional portrait photographers, specialising in Dog portraits. They will take photos of your dog and then make them look like pieces of art. Please see their website http://www.hawksworthandchub.co.uk.

You will need to pay for the actual prints. If you’re interested then please let me know and I’ll send you the gift voucher.

Dog of the month – Inka she’s a Miniature Schnauzer. She was so good on holiday and her host Pam loved her and cannot wait to see her again.

January 2016

Happy New Year Everyone!

I hope you all had a good Christmas? This is my dog Charlie in his Christmas outfit. Don’t you think he makes a lovely Pudding.

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Thank you to our customers who have given us a review on Trustpliot. Here’s one we received recently:

“We've used Barking Mad twice now and have been delighted with the service and even more delighted to see a happy dog returning home. At last we have found people who take away our pet concerns whilst we are on holiday”

November 2015

Merry Christmas to all our lovely hosts, customers and not forgetting all your great dogs.

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Thank you to all our great hosts who took such good care of all the dogs the had over the last year.

Thank you also to our customers for using Barking Mad and letting us look after all your fantastic dogs.

October 2015

Don’t forget to enter our competition. Only one more month until the draw. GOOD LUCK.

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Charlie came 3rd in our latest agility competition at the Weald Kennel Club agility show. So proud.


September 2015

Don’t forget to enter our holiday competition. There’s only two months left before the draw. GOOD LUCK.

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It was great to see so many of you at the RSCPA big walkies on 13th September. You all sounded like you had a great time walking with your best friends - human and canine!


I hope you got to see our raffle prize that we donated to the event?


Local Links

We love working with and recommending local business, here are a list of fantastic people we think you might like to hear about:



Farthings Veterinary Group    -   Farthings Hill, Guildford Road, Horsham, RH12 1TS
01403 252900

Priory Veterinary Surgery       -   139 Brighton Road, Redhill, RH1 6PS
Telephone 01737 765353

Harvest Vet Clinic                  -   Maidbower Square, Mainbower, Crawley, RH10 7QH
Telephone 01293 884422

Dog Food

Oscar Pet FoodsTim and Bernie  Tel: 01403 791756 www.oscars.co.uk


Dog Tails,  54 B Hazekwick Road, Three Bridges, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 1LZ. Tel:  01293 278775 www.dogtailsgrooming.co.uk

Pet Shops

Brockham Pet Shop, Kiln Lane, Brockham, Betchworth, RH3 7LX Tel:  01737 844882 www.brockhampetshop.com

Dog Training & Dog Walking
Always Wagging,  Lantern House, Lewis Road, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5AF Telephone 01342 604 250 www.alwayswagging.co.uk




Sarah - 8th Mar, 2017
"Ruby came back happy and tired showing she enjoyed her stay and lovely long walks."

Claire Minter - 6th Jan, 2017
"Pip loved staying with the other family - well we think so anyway because he returned home un-phased and like he had not been away. That is the sign to us of a happy dog.
I would recommend Barking Mad for someone to look after their 'furry babies'.

Mel and Jenny - 10th Oct, 2016
"Fozzie has stayed on several occasions with families from Barking Mad and has been well looked after and come back very happy. When he knows he is going on another of his holidays he is very happy and excited."

Lynne, Dorking - 7th Oct, 2016
"Another happy stay for my dog with a lovely family. Emily (and Charlie)even helped me out with some last minute logistic problems, so thank you!"

Rob and Jane - 20th Sep, 2016
"Our Scottie, Fergus, happily gets into Emily's car and doesn't look back! He comes home equally happy and we love that we get photos and postcards from his holiday. A great service, especially for sensitive dogs ( and owners!)."

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