A Barking Mad Success Story

Barking Mad’s Head Office is based in Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria, just down the road from where it all began with Lee and Bronte back in 2000 (read ‘Our Story’). This is the home of our administrative, marketing, training and support operations and everything else that is needed to assist our growing UK and ROI network of dog home boarding businesses.

Bfa Full MemberBarking Mad bounded into life in the north-west of England in 2000 and has grown with franchised branches year on year. We have been proud full members of the British Franchise Association (BFA) since 2002. We are now the UK and ROI’s favourite and largest network of dog home boarding holiday specialists providing the very best in dog sitting care.

Franchise Brands Franchising LogoBarking Mad was acquired in 2016 by international multi-brand franchisor Franchise Brands. Franchise Brands is also the parent company of established brands ChipsAway, Metro Rod and Ovenclean, which means it has a collective trading history of over 50 years altogether. All Franchise Brand’s child companies are also full members of the BFA. Franchise Brands has notable strengths in areas such as marketing, franchise recruitment and franchise support, and the group’s strategy is to grow organically through expanding their existing brands and through further acquisitions.

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Barking Mad Mission Statement Dog Sitting Franchise

Our Key Priorities are:


  • Love dogs and enjoy what we do!
  • Organise the very best happy dog holidays
  • Develop, train and support high-quality people
  • Continuously improve everything we do
  • Grow our dog loving communities

Our Mission Statement 


“To continue to be the UK and ROI’s most devoted and trusted dog care provider through our network of local communities”

We are passionate about dogs and excellent customer service as well as being excited about growing our successful franchise network.

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Barking Mad’s systems and operations are ISO9001 accredited ensuring compliance to our excellent Quality Management System (QMS).


Iso9001 accreditation quality assurance Barking Mad franchise Certificate Number 2017

Everyone at Barking Mad Dog Care was delighted to receive their certificate, numbered 15663

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We are a full and active member of the Pet Industry Federation (PIF)

The Pet Industry Federation provides a quality assurance of businesses in the pet care sector: as members we agree to adhere to their charters, representing best practice for dog home boarding in the pet trade in the Pet Services association.

Pet Industry Federation Member Pet Services Dog Home Boarding Pet Industry federation services association

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