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Barking Mad - the UK’s Most Trusted Dog Sitting Company

Our mission: to be admired for delivering a premium dog sitting service as an alternative to traditional dog boarding kennels.

Barking Mad was established in 2000 as an alternative to kennels. Our professional dog sitting service arranges holidays for dogs when their owners need to go away, because we believe dogs deserve a holiday too!

Offering an alternative to traditional dog kennels is what we do but at the very core of our business is a desire to give customers complete peace of mind by delivering a professional, tailor made service which meets the individual needs of every dog in our care. We firmly believe in getting to know our customers and their furry family members, with Barking Mad you’ll never be asked to fill out lengthy forms on line or do all the hard work – we take care of everything.

We operate Nationally through a network of carefully selected and expertly trained franchise business owners, all of whom are passionate dog lovers.

In each area we aim to create a community for our loving host families, many of whom are retired or living alone. Having a dog provides purpose, companionship and encourages healthy exercise.

We are a multi award winning business driven by a desire to change the face of dog care across the UK and beyond.



We'd love to tell you more about our services and life here at Barking Mad.

We're more than just your average sitting service providers, we're an alternative to kennels and we are based throughout the whole of the UK so you're guaranteed that we have a branch near you. Barking Mad are about dog boarding and a home from home holiday for your pet.

There are providers available who can look after your furry family member out there sure, but only our specialist team with our strong love of dogs ethos and pet care background (not to mention the in depth training our team receives) can give your dog the special treatment they deserve and you know you will be happy with.

Each branch has a database of local host people just waiting to look after your pet. We understand that you and your dog are as individual as your needs when it comes to a host family and we can cater for this. Some people prefer older single people or families with children when selecting where their pet will spend their holiday with.

We invite you to look through our website and get to know a little bit more about Barking Mad and how we can satsify your needs so that when that time comes when you are temporarily parted from each other, your dog's anxiety is minimised and you both have a great worry free break.

How We Operate

We are a national chain of passionate dog lovers with branches throughout the UK. Each branch is operated by a professional dog carer who has worked to establish a list of host people. This list of hosts is comprised of many families and single people of all ages. Some of these have children and pets, some do not.

Our individual local operators work with you to select the best possible host family for your dog. You may want your pet to be walked at a certain time of the day, fed and give special attention just the way you would yourself. This is what we do really well - we deliver your requirements just the way you like.

Who Are Your Host Families?

Our hosts are made up of a wide range of people with a different set of backgrounds and situations. They people just like you and I who are willing to give up their time to look after your pet.

Why Are We Better Than Other Services?

Since we started in the year 2000 we have seen many similar services come and go. The reason you should pick us over them is because we are professionals. Our operators have had our stringent training to ensure that our service is better than anybody else out there. Anybody could setup a dog boarding service but to make sure it runs smoothly and generates repeat customers through great service is something else. Everday our customers tell us how much they love our service and this just cements the fact that what we are doing is providing a service much needed by people like you. Would you really trust your pet to a firm of random carers without proper training or support? With Barking Mad you can rest assured you will get the very best service anywhere no matter where you are based.

Become a Barking Mad Host

We're always keen to hear from dog lovers who want to join our growing family. We invite you to visit our host page by clicking upon the graphic near the top. The process is really simple and it all starts with a phone call or form submission, we can chat about how we can help each other over a cup of tea or coffee. By the end of your drink you will be raring to get going.

Why Barking Mad?

Like you we love our dogs. We started Barking Mad back in the year 2000 when we realised that we just were not happy enough to continue using dog kennels when we were away. We wanted a better alternative and so we started one. Since then our numbers have grown to a national business and we are continuing to grow all the time. 

There now seems to be a lot of competitors on the internet but we still strongly believe that our service is the one that people who love their dog will continue to use again and again. We are not just full of families looking to make quick money or just doing it because its something to do as a business, we are very passionate about the welfare of dogs and we think both our customers and their dogs should be given the very best service.

We have very high exacting standards and the growth of our national brand over the years has proven this to be the case. Reputation is everything in business and we really have stood the test of time.

Join the Barking Mad Family With Your Own Franchise

If you are looking for an opportunity to work with dogs and you think you have the right personality and experience to become one of our many other franchisees then why not get in touch!

You will be joining a national chain of dog lovers who specialise in placing dogs with temporary host families and single people around your assigned terrritory. There is a fee to join but the rewards are well worth it. Please just get in touch with us today for a friendly chat about taking things forward, we'd love to hear from you.



Carolyn & Philip McIntosh - 22nd Aug, 2016
"Want to thank you Brad for the fantastic service we received from yourself and Barking Mad. I was totally reassured by both yourself and Karen and the attention to detail. Tess was completely happy to go on her holidays in the van and she came home happy and cared for and seemed to have had a lovely time with Pat in Pittenweem. I'm so happy to have found such a great alternative to kennels and will definitely be in touch again. Also recommending Barking Mad to all our doggie friends!!

Many thanks again.

Carolyn, Philip and Tess."

Maureen Jones - 22nd Aug, 2016
"My dog Amber has just returned from her host family very relaxed and well cared for and happy, thank you. I would recommend Brad & staff & hosts 100 per cent, never be scared to ask the silliest of questions or request the requirements your furr pal needs, they are always in my experience obliging. Amber settled back no problem and her being super fussy & spoilt it was clear she'd had lots of fun many thanks you lovely hosts especially the 2 young girls Ambs loved the attention. I'd defo pack her bag and return xxxxxxx Posted by Maureen"

Lee & Melanie Atkinson - 22nd Aug, 2016
"We can't thank Brad enough for his attention to detail, patience & complete understanding as to our boys & their ways!!

During the initial consultation Brad collated a fulll account of both Paddy & Monty, this alone was very reassuring as we knew all of their needs would be met.

Having the boys collected for their weekend was wonderful, Brad was calm, professional & very reassuring, the boys left without any distress. Lee & I were very impressed - we knew from that moment we had made the right decision in contacting Barking Mad to care for Paddy & Monty for all of our holidays,"

Stella Greenhill - 22nd Aug, 2016
"My two girls, both lab crosses just back from another stay with their fabulous hosts.
Obviously had a great time again, so well cared for and looked after.
Cannot recommend this organisation too highly. The care that is taken to match dogs with their hosts is amazing
Thanks again to all at barking mad."

Sue Lavender - 17th Aug, 2016
"Thank you once again to Barking Mad for looking after Jack while we went away. Jack had a lovely holiday and was very well looked after by his host.

This time I was a bit late in booking a holiday for Jack but Tina and her team worked hard to find a host for Jack so a really BIG thank you for that."

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