Who are Barking Mad?

As a multi award-winning pet care pioneer, Barking Mad is widely recognised across the sector and the franchise industry, delighting thousands of happy customers every year. Established in 2000, we are proud to provide the UK’s most trusted pet sitting service, rated no.1 by Trustpilot.

We offer bespoke pet holidays, provided through a franchise network of dedicated, local professionals. Franchisees recruit a community of carefully chosen, pet-loving host families who care for pets whilst their owners are away.

Comprehensive Business and Customer Support

Starting out on your own can be really tough and new entrants to the market need to stay ahead of the competition. According to a recent report in ‘The Times’, 20% of sole traders fail within a year and 60% fail within five years. Launching a franchise with a prominent brand name, with the added support of a dedicated HQ team, means that your new venture has the best possible start.

Barking Mad’s team of experts are specialists in all areas of the business, so you don’t have to be! From sales and accounts advice, to social media and online marketing support, help is on hand. Franchisees are guided every step of the way with one to one business planning and expert training guides.

Loyal Repeat Business and Referrals in a Massive Growth Industry

When you buy a Barking Mad franchise, you will benefit from our brand’s loyal repeat business and referrals in a massive growth industry. Our customers love our service, as demonstrated by our independent 5* Trustpilot reviews.

Tapping into potential in the pet market requires knowledge of a complex sector, but with a Barking Mad franchise, our proven and successful business model will give you all the tools you need to achieve your entrepreneurial, pet care dreams.

Reasons to be Barking Mad

  • We’re a multi award-winning dog care pioneer
  • We’re widely recognised across the sector and the franchise industry, delighting thousands of happy customers (and their four-legged friends) every year.
  • Established in 2000, we are proud to provide the UK’s most trusted dog sitting service, rated no.1 by Trustpilot.
  • We’re a local dog home boarding service. We offer bespoke dog holidays, provided through a franchise network of dedicated, local professionals.
    You’ll be joining a tried and tested franchise model that gives you full support and training in franchising, technical, sales and marketing, as well as peer mentoring.
  • Barking Mad is part of the Franchise Brands plc group of companies. This means you’ll be part of a network of over 600 franchisees internationally, and have access to a large team of franchising experts.
  • Imagine a day where you get up and go to work, without the commute. You answer emails from home, walk your dog, plan your own day and that of your team; meet other dog lovers and enjoy the fact that people actually thank you for providing a fantastic service.
  • Case Study: Barbara Frater and Caroline Bradshaw

    Case Study: Barbara Frater and Caroline Bradshaw

    Case Study: Barbara Frater and Caroline Bradshaw “We fell in love with the concept of Barking Mad when we came across a business opportunity that cared about dogs as much as we do.” Name: Barbara Frater and Caroline Bradshaw Franchisee since: 2019Location:...

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  • Case Study: Lucy Wakefield

    Case Study: Lucy Wakefield

    Case Study: Lucy Wakefield “You need dedication and drive to grow your business, but you are in charge. If you put in the hard work, you get fantastic rewards. Thank you Barking Mad!” Lucy Wakefield, owner of Barking Mad Exeter, was a primary school teache...

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  • Case Study: John and Elaine Warburton

    Case Study: John and Elaine Warburton

    “Barking Mad is not just our business, it’s our way of life!” Name: John and Elaine Warburton Franchisee since: 2014 Location: Fife & Kinross Last Updated: September 2019 John and Elaine Warburton, partners in both business and life, started their Ba...

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  • Case Study: Kevin Matthews

    Case Study: Kevin Matthews

    “A highlight for me is seeing the hosts’ faces when the dogs arrive.” Name: Kevin Matthews Franchisee since: 2014 Location: Central Lancashire Last Updated: September 2019 Kevin Matthews is the owner of Barking Mad Central Lancashire. He lives with his w...

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  • Case Study: Melissa Sincock

    Case Study: Melissa Sincock

    Case Study: Melissa Sincock “A flexible, family-friendly way to be who I want to be…” Name: Melissa Sincock Franchisee since: 2014 Location: Staines Last Updated: September 2019 Melissa Sincock, from Staines-upon-Thames, has a young family “crazy a...

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Key Facts:

Opportunities:
Available across the UK
Business Type:
Franchise
Minimum Investment:
£14,995
Training Provided:
Yes
Home-based:
Yes
Part time:
Yes
Tags:
Number Of Outlets:
80
In Business Since:
2000
Funding Support:
Yes
BFA Membership:
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