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Luis Saraiva
Cobham, Surrey

KT11 1AS
Tel: 01932 863147


Dog Sitting / Sitters Surrey

Welcome! We're Barking Mad and provide dog sitting in Surrey. Who would want to put their dog in a cage when they go away only to have him or her fed and watered at set times along with all of the other dogs? Our service is a modern and better alternative to the idea of traditional kennels, we place your pet directly with people in their own homes who will look after and care for him or her just the way you want.

You and your family are a part of the pack that dogs are naturally accustomed to. When they don't have their pack around them it can be a stressful time for them. By making sure they still have all of their personal items such as their blanket, bowl and toys around this can really help reduce the sort of anxiety they would otherwise experience. Matching your needs to the right host family is really important to us. We want to make sure that we get it right so that while you are away your dog is having a great time too. Ours is a bespoke dog sitting service, delivered by handpicked sitters who will really take care of your dog while you are away in just the way you like.

Our portfolio is packed with hosts we have carefully selected to satisfy the requirements of our clients. It is important to keep to a routine and this might include the time of day they are generally walked and fed. We occasionally get dogs that require medicine to be given as a part of treatment, this is not an issue we can take care of this too.

In Surrey our company is the best alternative to dog kennels as we place your dog with a real individual who can give them one to one doggy care whilst you're away. Our reputation speaks for itself, just take a look at what other people are saying about us. People who love their dog are inclined to love our service and it shows. Not only are we in your local area but we also have branches throughout the UK too all offering a great alternative to dog kennels. So when you need cover elsewhere we can be there for you.

If you are away you will no doubt be thinking about how they are getting on, we're able to help here too. We can send you photos of them having fun whilst keeping you up to date with everything while you are away. With technology such as Facebook or twitter we can be sure that you are regularly kept up to date with the welfare of your pet. This will give you the confidence that you need by seeing their daily activities recorded for future posterity. Should there ever be a need to get in touch with you because of an unexpected emergency we can handle the situation whilst keeping you absolutely informed.

We started Barking Mad back in 2000 after we realised that dog lovers everywhere were missing out on this kind of service, other similar businesses have popped up since but nobody can rival our custom made bespoke service. Other companies might have helpers who can go to your home and feed your dog and take them for a walk but dogs need to have company and companionship. You know yourself that at times your dog can almost seem human, we know plenty of people even view their dog as their kids. Wouldn't you want the very best for any family member if it were available, for them to have their own holiday?

Our whole process really is easy and it all starts off with a phone call or a form submission, so what are you waiting for?

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 £35
Daily boarding rate £24
Daily boarding rate for additional dogs £20
Collection and delivery from £35

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

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

Luis Saraiva

Hello, my name is Luis Saraiva and I operate the Barking Mad franchise covering the KT postcodes. I live in Cobham, within walking distance of Painshill Park, with my wife Karen.

Dogs have always been a part of our lives in England and Portugal, where we have had a ‘house full’ of four legged friends. From a Jack Russell to a Labrador, not to mention a Portuguese Serra d’Aires and a miniature Schnauzer, we have had 7 in total and even brought three back from Portugal.

After our last dog died, our 7 year old daughter kept asking when we could get another one. I suggested to her that maybe we could first become a host family, looking after dogs for other people, so I contacted the Barking Mad franchisee for our area who informed me that he was looking to sell the business. Since I was looking for a suitable venture, interesting and stimulating, with a concept that had affinity with our love of animals, especially dogs. One thing led on to another and here I am, the proud owner of my own business - that was back in February 2012, and I haven't looked back since!

I love meeting new and existing hosts and customers and of course, all of those wonderful doggies!

Having the opportunity to provide a service that takes all of your worries away while you are on your vacation or business trips is our aim, reassuring you that your dogs are being cared for in a loving, fun environment, as you would want them to be, and may I say, having a ‘woof’ of a time on their holiday.

I hope to welcome you very soon into the Barking Mad world!

Places Covered

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

  • Horsley
  • Effingham
  • Cobham
  • Bookham
  • Fetcham
  • Leatherhead
  • Oxshott
  • Esher
  • Claygate
  • Tadworth
  • Walton On The Hill
  • Kingswood
  • Epsom
  • Chessington
  • Thames Ditton
  • Ewell
  • Banstead
  • Woodmansterne
  • Long Ditton
  • Surbiton
  • Kingston
  • New Malden
  • Morden
  • Worcester Par
  • Cheam, Sutton
  • Cashalton

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... 'As always, thank you so much for all of your help. It's been a great comfort to us during our three years here in Engand knowing that every time we've travelled somewhere Pearl has been happy and active.'

Posted by: Nicole and John Gasaway on

Dear Luis
I am now home from my travels and catching up with emails.
Thanks so much for the wonderful photograph of Charlie and Bertie with their “host mum”. :-)
We are delighted with the Barking Mad service and will certainly be in touch again when we next need to be away.
Thanks again for everything and have an enjoyable Easter weekend.

Best wishes,

Posted by: Kathy Oliver on

Hi Luis
I just wanted to say a big Thank You for looking after Badger during his ‘convalescence’ - I felt very confident leaving him with you even though it was the first time. You were able to assure me that giving medication etc. would be no problem which was a great relief.
He returned home in the peak of health and when he saw you again (always a good sign) was delighted to be off on his ‘holidays’ again.
I shall definitely use you again and recommend you to all who ask.
Kind regards. Judith

Posted by: Judith King on

Dear Luis.
Thank you for arranging for Yaro to be looked after so well. He has returned in much better condition than any of our other dogs ever have from kennels so that is a big plus for us. I do hope that he was not too much trouble for the hosts and that they might be prepared to have him back in the future!


Posted by: Juliet Philip on

We have been using Luis and Barking Mad for several years for our two border terriers and cannot express enough how highly we rate the service. Excellent customer service and communication initially in person and then either by phone or email means we have always had peace of mind when we have put the dogs into the hands of the carers. The transport service to take the dogs from home to their carers takes all the hassle out of moving them at a time when we are usually busy trying to organise ourselves to go away. Barking Mad have always been able to find someone to accommodate our dogs, most of the time with the same carers the dogs have stayed with before. Though their administration vigorously ensures that all the practical elements of a stay is taken care of, Barking Mad work hard to ensure that both us and our dogs are happy during any times apart.

Posted by: Lizzie Elliott on

Hi Luis,
You have worked with many of my close friends. We all adore our dogs and would not recommend a bad service to one another. They all spoke highly of their experience with you, and I feel comfortable with the whole concept as a result.
My dog is definitely my third child and anyone of my friends will tell you that I am crazy when it comes to my baby so please indulge me so that I can feel happy for him and in knowing that he will enjoy his stay as I will most decidedly be very miserable without him.
Hope this clarifies all we have discussed.
Best wishes.
Carmina Posted by Carmina Leon

Posted by: bmadadmin on

We have a golden retriever and have been using Luis for well over a year to arrange her care while we have been away on holidays. The peace of mind that Barking Mad offers as well as the pick up/drop off service, takes a lot of the stress out of planning our holidays. Luis offers a professional, punctual and well organised service, which I am happy to recommend.

Posted by: Margaret Godfrey on 4th Aug, 2014

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Dear Luis,
I'm very sorry to say that Max passed away yesterday after a serious illness which he couldn't get through.
We miss him very much, but are glad he's not suffering any more.
(...) I just wanted to say a big thank you to yourself for everything you've done for Max, which has saved him going into kennels. I think it's a brilliant service and I'm always recommending you to people!
I'm not planning on getting another dog any time soon, but if I do in the future no doubt I'll be using your services again.
With thanks and best wishes.

Posted by: Liz Markham on

Hi Luis,

Thank you so much for your help in finding Oscar a family at short notice, we really appreciate it and we will definitely recommend your company and the service to our friends and family.
Oscar ‘says’ he had a great time and is missing the girls as I know they took great care of him.
Our holiday was amazing and thankfully my niece has made a full recovery too.
Many thanks
Claire x

Posted by: Claire Carroll on

Dear Lee, I recently contacted Luis and Karen of your Cobham franchise as my father was going in to hospital for a major operation and I needed someone to look after his Labrador Alfie.
I just wanted to let you know that the help and support both Luis and Karen gave me during what turned out to be a very difficult time for my family was outstanding, not only did they update me regularly on Alfie’s well being but on numerous occasions arranged for Alfie to stay at his host for an extended period at very short notice.
Alfie has since returned home and is in fantastic condition, I will make sure I let everyone I know about the service your company has provided.
Luis and Karen are a fabulous asset to your company please thank them for everything they’ve done.

Posted by: Geoff Day on

Dear Luis and Karen
We are so happy with Barking Mad, you are truly a first class company! I know that Stuart was well taken care, so happy and full of energy. Once again we can't thank you enough for all your help!!!

Posted by: Meghan Agatep on

We are home after a fabulous trip, all fine and Sandy very happy to see us! Thanks so much for arranging everything, all first class! We would definitely like to do the same again for any future trips. Cheers and very many thanks

Posted by: Joanna Shapley on

Thank you so much for your concern regards Soda. He is doing fine! We will use your service again in the near future. Soda was very well catered for by your host and content when he arrived home.

Posted by: Odette Galloway on

I did not want a lot of feedback during the stay. Delighted Alfie settled so well and is so photogenic! Sincere thanks to all.

Posted by: Ruth Begley on

Bonnie went away happily with Luis and came back very happy and relaxed. So if she is happy, we are happy. We will be sending her on holiday again.

Posted by: Tracy Fulton on

First Class friendly service that takes away the stress of going on holiday. Thank you!

Posted by: Paula Tully on


Thank you to all our customers old and new that have supported us through the years, as we are well into 2016!

If you already have dates in mind for any trips away, please contact us now to secure a host family. Remember, availability is limited during half-term holidays and the Summer holidays, not forgetting Christmas and New Year, so book now to avoid disappointment. You can easily book on-line with our new website, if you haven't created an account on our website yet you can do so by clicking here & following the details.
Don't forget that if you recommend a friend to Barking Mad we will give your four legged friend a free night's stay. Make sure they mention your name when they book in with us.

Please LIKE our Facebook page and see all the latest news and photos of our doggies out on holiday....

Host families
If you or someone you know would like to host for us, please get in touch!
From retired couples looking for companionship and exercise to families in school holidays and at weekends, or any people with time on their hands, if they would like to have dogs to stay for a while, do not hesitate to contact us!
Hosting with Barking Mad is cheaper than the gym, and much more pleasurable too…
So do not hesitate to call us today and arrange to meet you and discuss the best possible way to care for your dog when you go away. Alternatively if you fancy becoming one of our dedicated hosts, and want to know more then by all means do contact us.

Now for something to do in the coming months! And your dogs can come too!
These are some of the beautiful places around in and around Surrey that you will love to visit! And try your fitness…
Box Hill, Box Hill Road, Box Hill,
Tadworth KT20 7LB

The views over the Surrey Hills are amazing, Fabulous walks clearly sign posted and information points easy to find. It is an excellent day out for the family and their four legged friends! Easy access and plenty of parking available.
!Jungle! - Adventure camp
Fun outdoor learning for toddlers and early learners
Set your spirit free - spend all day going wild at Box Hill.
Mon 08 Aug 2016 to 12 August 2016 from 09:00 - 16:00

October activity week
A week of activities currently in the planning
Mon 24 Oct 2016 to 28 October 2016 from 10:00 - 15:00

Eating and shopping
You don't just have to visit us to explore our great trails and wildlife, you're more than welcome to simply come along to relax and unwind at our café and spend some time perusing our shop.

Leith Hill

Near Coldharbour village, Dorking, Surrey
SatNav: If visiting Leith Hill Place, please use postcode: RH5 6LU. Off A29/B2126.

Climb Leith Hill Tower and admire the stunning views from the highest point in South-East England - you might even spot a boat on the Channel from here, along with surrounding countryside. Why not venture to the highest point in South-East England at 1029ft (329m)? Climb all 74 steps of the spiral stairs at Leith Hill Tower and gaze through a telescope. End your visit with a stop at the servery run by The Tanhouse Farm Shop. Choose from hot or cold food, or just sip a hot drink whilst you perch on a bench and admire the views. Open daily.

Polesden Lacey

Great Bookham, near Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6BD
+44 1372 452048
Email: polesdenlacey@nationaltrust.org.uk
NOTE: SatNav - Please use the postcode KT23 4PZ when travelling to Polesden Lacey instead of our address postcode, which has been known to confuse and mislead satnavs.

This country retreat, only four miles from Dorking has glorious views across the rolling Surrey Hills and acres of countryside. The gardens offer something for every season, including climbing roses at their best in June and a winter garden bursting with yellow aconites. The wider estate provides plenty of space to let off steam on a walk through woodland or over rolling hills, with four waymarked trails to try. 

The 'little big walk' for families at Polesden Lacey
This route is great for all the members of your family, so round them up and have a fun day outdoors tramping through our estate.

Visiting with your dog at Polesden Lacey
We welcome dogs in a large area of the gardens and Mrs Greville who owned Polesden was a bit of a dog lover too.

What is on at Polesden Lacey
What could be finer than enjoying some live music or a good drama outside in the summer sunshine? We've got a fantastic line-up of actors and musicians ready entertain you this summer at Polesden Lacey, just don't forget to buy an ice-cream before the show starts.

Lazy Jazz Sundays at Polesden Lacey
Enjoy a lazy afternoon listening to live music every Sunday this Summer as well as August Bank Holiday Monday, from 2 to 4pm.
Call 01372 452048 for more information
Email: polesdenlacey@nationaltrust.org.uk

Silver Strollers at Polesden Lacey
This is our social walking group for active older walkers covering the stunning and occasionally hilly terrain of the Surrey Hills. Enjoy a scenic guided walk in good company on the first Friday of every month.

Dog Walking Club at Polesden Lacey
Join us on a walk of the estate with your canine friends on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.

Wild Learning - Summer at Polesden Lacey
Play learn and explore in safe, supervised woods.
Wild Learning Holiday Club gives kids the chance to play, learn and explore all day in safe supervised woods.
Den building, wild art, woodland games, tracking and more.
Run by Forest School qualified leaders, Wild Learning clubs are the perfect antidote to holiday boredom.
Email: julie@wild-learning.net
Telephone: 01483 424 400

Alice Holt Forest
Alice Holt Forest is located a few miles south of Farnham on the A325 and approximately 1 mile south of Birdworld. GU10 4LS
Come for a great day out in the woods! You can walk, cycle, play or have a picnic in these lovely woods. Experience life in the trees with Go Ape, take a relaxing break in our café and finish your visit with a quiet stroll in one of the more remote parts of the forest.

Paws Outdoors
Alice Holt Forest is open 364 days a year (closed Christmas Day). The site opens at 8am until 6pm
Walking your dog is a great way to exercise and explore the great outdoors. With miles of paths to explore in our forests, there’s no need to leave your four-legged friend behind next time you’re planning a day out. Help us keep all tails wagging by making sure to follow our Forest Dog Code, so our forests stay in great shape too

Alice Holt Forest Office
Bucks Horn Oak
Surrey GU10 4LS
Tel: 0300 067 4600

Strawberry Fair Food Festival
Telephone: 01737 822 603
Saturday 25 June (10am – 4.30pm) and Sunday 26 June, 2016 (10.30am - 4.30pm)

An Evening at the Races with The Corrs
Epsom Downs
Telephone: 01372 726311
An evening of horse racing at Epsom Downs followed by a live performance by The Corrs. After a 10 year break The Corrs have returned with their brand new album, White Light. Performing some of their old classics, along with new songs, they will be...
30 June 2016Open 16:00 - 22:00

Cheese & Chilli Festival
Telephone: 01483 444334
The Cheese and Chilli Festival is a family show uniquely offering something for everyone.
23 July 2016to24 July 2016Open 10:00 - 17:00

Flavoursome Fridays
Telephone: 08452609000
Each Friday try a selection of seasonal fruit and vegetables and pick up some tips on cultivation from the RHS team.
1 July 2016 to2 Sept 2016 - Open 10:30 - 15:30

Guildford's Farmers Market
Held on the first Tuesday of every month.
Dates: 7 June 2016, 5 July 2016, 2 Aug 2016, 6 Sept 2016, 4 Oct 2016, 1 Nov 2016, 6 Dec 2016

Father's Day FREE Entry at Painshill 2016
19th June 2016
Telephone: 01932 868113

Cranleigh Agricultural Show 2016
Telephone: 01483 267771
A great day out for anyone looking for good value family entertainment.
19 June 2016 - Open 08:30 - 18:00

Bletchingley Village Fair
Bletchingley, Redhill
Telephone: 01883 740509
Bletchingley Village Fair is having a facelift this year. Great family entertainment. The 'United Stoats of America' are playing, a foot stomping extravaganza, prepare to dance. There will also be a beer tent, food, animals, bonkers characters, and more!
26 June 2016Open 12:30 - 05:00
Farnham Farmers' Market
Farnham - Fourth Sunday of every month
24 July 2016, 28 Aug 2016, 25 Sept 2016, 23 Oct 2016, 27 Nov 2016

Hampton Court Flower Show 2016
East Molesey
Telephone: 0844 209 1810
The magnificent setting of Hampton Court Palace is a sumptuous backdrop for the world’s largest annual flower show.
5 July 2016to10 July 2016Various Opening Times

Party in the Park 2016
Telephone: 01483 755855
Families can enjoy a day of time travel, space-age fun, live performances and outdoor cinema in Woking Park, for free, in honour of War of the Worlds author, H.G. Wells.
9 July 2016 - Open 12:00 - 21:00

Painshill Pooch Day
01932 868113
A fabulous day out for dog lovers, families and four-legged friends. See the famous Richard Curtis perform his K9 Freestyle dog display and the Southern Golden Retriever Society's Display Team. Fun dog show (entry fees apply) and retail area.
16 July 2016Open 10:00 - 16:00

Archery at Hatchlands
Telephone: 01483 222482
Safe archery classes for ages six and above.
29 Aug 2016 

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:

Useful Links


We have noticed that some of our newer customers are still undecided about which vet services to choose for their pets. And some have been looking to change their veterinary service. Here are some suggestions that we have used and are happy to recommend should you be looking to register with a veterinary surgery.

Beech House Veterinary Centre - Tilt Road, Cobham, KT11 3HY, Tel: 01932 868688

The Manor Veterinary Clinic - 20 Manor Rd North, Hinchley Wood, KT10 0SH, Tel: 020 8398 8005           

Henderson Keywood & Partners - 26 Copse Road, Cobham, KT11 2TW, Tel: 01932 864671

Cobham Veterinary Centre - Byfleet Road/Seven Hills Rd South, Cobham, KT11 1DS, Tel: 01932 868786. www.mvol.co.uk/cobhamparkvetclinic


For your pets grooming, there are some Barking Mad friends that you may want to have a try with. 

Mutt Cutts - Debbie & Alan
4 Lyon Rd, Hersham, KT12 3PU. Tel: 07973 537260

Brush Puppies. 163 Park Rd, Kingston, KT2 6D. Tel:0208 974 8333

Paws in the City. Dog Grooming and Dog Training. 23, Garrick Gardens, West Molesey, KT8 1SL. 0784 222 4513. karen@pawsinthecity.co.uk


We have been associated with this charity Animal Welfare of Luxor UK Registered Charity 1124154       www.AWOL-Egypt.org



Nicole and John Gasaway - 8th Jul, 2016
"... 'As always, thank you so much for all of your help. It's been a great comfort to us during our three years here in Engand knowing that every time we've travelled somewhere Pearl has been happy and active.'"

Kathy Oliver - 14th Apr, 2015
"Dear Luis
I am now home from my travels and catching up with emails.
Thanks so much for the wonderful photograph of Charlie and Bertie with their “host mum”. :-)
We are delighted with the Barking Mad service and will certainly be in touch again when we next need to be away.
Thanks again for everything and have an enjoyable Easter weekend.

Best wishes,

Judith King - 2nd Apr, 2015
"Hi Luis
I just wanted to say a big Thank You for looking after Badger during his ‘convalescence’ - I felt very confident leaving him with you even though it was the first time. You were able to assure me that giving medication etc. would be no problem which was a great relief.
He returned home in the peak of health and when he saw you again (always a good sign) was delighted to be off on his ‘holidays’ again.
I shall definitely use you again and recommend you to all who ask.
Kind regards. Judith"

Juliet Philip - 30th Jan, 2015
"Dear Luis.
Thank you for arranging for Yaro to be looked after so well. He has returned in much better condition than any of our other dogs ever have from kennels so that is a big plus for us. I do hope that he was not too much trouble for the hosts and that they might be prepared to have him back in the future!


Lizzie Elliott - 15th Sep, 2014
"We have been using Luis and Barking Mad for several years for our two border terriers and cannot express enough how highly we rate the service. Excellent customer service and communication initially in person and then either by phone or email means we have always had peace of mind when we have put the dogs into the hands of the carers. The transport service to take the dogs from home to their carers takes all the hassle out of moving them at a time when we are usually busy trying to organise ourselves to go away. Barking Mad have always been able to find someone to accommodate our dogs, most of the time with the same carers the dogs have stayed with before. Though their administration vigorously ensures that all the practical elements of a stay is taken care of, Barking Mad work hard to ensure that both us and our dogs are happy during any times apart."

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