A unique alternative to kenneling! We place your pets with loving host families while you are away. Round trip collection and delivery included in our highly professional service.
An alternative to dog boarding kennels, Barking Mad provides a home from home holiday for your dog. The concept created in May 2000 as a new kind of dog sitting service. Barking Mad has now expanded its pet sitting services throughout the UK and overseas. Based on owner-operated franchises around the country, we arrange for dogs to stay with loving host families who can match the sort of environment and routine the dogs are used to.
We select the ideal dog sitting host family from our portfolio of trusted dog sitters who meet our extremely high standards. Accommodation is arranged in a warm, friendly home environment similar to your own, with one-to-one dog care. Exercise and feeding routines are maintained just as your dog is used to, he can even take his own bed and toys!
To learn more about using our home-from-home dog sitting service as an alternative to kennels, to find out about becoming one of our host family dog sitters offering dog holidays - or even to discover how you could soon be running a Barking Mad pet sitting franchise yourself - please explore the pages of this website.
What is home-from-home pet care?
Home-from-home pet care is an alternative to boarding kennels or conventional pet-sitting. Instead of sending your dog to a kennel or having a stranger come to your home and dog sitting, we arrange ‘dog holidays’ where your dog goes to stay with a local loving host family.
Who are Barking Mad hosts?
Many of our hosts are active retired people who miss the exercise and companionship but do not wish to commit full-time to the emotional and financial responsibility of dog ownership. Others are dog owners who are looking for company for their own family pet. All of them, without exception, are genuine dog lovers who have met our strict criteria. Discover more about host families.
Do I see which host family you have selected for my dog?
Yes. You will see a portfolio of the local host families as you will be involved in selecting the most appropriate family for your pet. You will see who they are, where they live and what kind of pet care experience they have, you can even talk to other customers who have used this host if you wish.
Can I deliver my dog?
Our experience has taught us that dogs settle much more quickly if we collect them from you and take them to their host family. Perhaps they like to assume that you are still at home while they go on their dog holidays!
Do I provide the food?Won’t my dog miss me when I’m away?
When we collect your dogs, as arranged in advance, they take with them their own food, bed, toys, treats and other favourite things to help them feel at home.
The beauty of home-from-home pet care is that it’s the dog’s holiday, not yours! Instead of seeing an empty house, they arrive in a lively home and spend the all-important first minutes exploring new surroundings and getting acquainted or reacquainted with their hosts. They soon become part of the family and receive all the love and attention they need to distract them from your absence.Do you keep in contact during their stay?
We stay in regular contact with our host families and in the unlikely event of your pet becoming ill, we will contact your vet and take their advice regarding treatment and care. You are free to contact us at any time for a progress report.What happens when I return home?
We will collect your dog from the host family and deliver him to you at an agreed time. Once we’ve checked that everything’s all right, we’ll make ourselves scarce while the reunion begins!Next time, will my dog go back to the same family?
For future ‘dog holidays’, we will make every effort to ensure that your pet can stay with the same host family. Building up a loving relationship is just one more way that our home-from-home pet care service provides an alternative to kennels or conventional pet-sitting.Should I have my own pet insurance?
Yes we strongly recommend that you have your own pet insurance in place as you will remain responsible for any veterinary costs which may be incurred during your pets stay. If you would like to take advantage of our 4 weeks free pet insurance, please visit our website to take up this fantastic offer.