Run Your Own Dog Sitting Business



Run your own successful dog care franchise and become your own boss

If you’ve always dismissed dog sitting as being a lower paid occupation, take a look at our self-employed dog business franchise opportunity. Our 80+ franchise owners love what they do! If you are facing the prospect of redundancy or simply unhappy with your job, why not work with dogs and be your own boss as a dog holiday coordinator with Barking Mad?

Choosing to buy a franchise business is a huge decision for anyone to make and we know that you will understandably have a lot of questions. Why not come along to one of our free discovery open days, which are regularly held at our Lake District based HQ?

Open Days are very informal and require no presentation or input from you – we simply allow you to make your own evaluation. Lunch will be provided and you will get the chance to meet our support team, along with one of our experienced franchise owners.

Click HERE to book a slot to chat to Rachel at a time to suit you.


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Who are we looking for?

We are looking for the right people who share in our ambition to be the UK and ROI’s most trusted pet care service, by offering a professional alternative to kennels. Franchise Owners will need to be dog lovers naturally, but we are also looking for enthusiastic communicators with the ambition to grow a successful business.

You will need to possess a strong work-ethic, and a positive attitude and you must also be passionate about delivering a professional service to your customers and host families.

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Reasons to be Barking Mad:

  1. Profitable – Established in 2000, we have a track record of year-on-year growth and profitability, with franchisees relying on the business as their main income stream. It’s not at all seasonal and takes a cash-flow-positive approach to business.
  2. A Growth Market – Pet ownership across the UK and ROI continues to grow with 26% of all UK households now owning a dog. There are no less than 9 million dogs according to the latest PFMA statistics.
  3. Professional Service – We firmly believe in building personal relationships with our customers and host families and have achieved the highest reputation for the brand as a result.
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4. Innovative Systems – State-of-the-art systems bring financial benefits to our network, along with significant time-saving rewards. We are continually looking for new and exciting ways to improve our organisation for the benefit of our network, employees, host families and client base.

5. Customer Contact Centre – Our dedicated team is on hand Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm to deal with all inbound calls, on your behalf. The benefit in having your own office-based team here at Franchise HQ, means that you never miss a call. Imagine having to deal with a new customer or host enquiry just as you’re about to leave the office, or when you’re driving or in the middle of a customer registration meeting.


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6. Unbeatable Support – A highly skilled team, empowered to help you grow and develop your business. Support isn’t limited to the early months and years, in fact we have a growing number of workshops to help with a range of business milestones, including staff recruitment, VAT training, registration and implementation.

7. Strong Brand Presence – Industry leading brand investment with the most up to date and cutting-edge social media, PPC, SEO and design. We set up and help manage your entire on-line profile and activities.

8. Enjoy Your Work Life! – work doesn’t have to be boring! If you’re fed up of the 9-5 daily grind, the laborious commute to work each day or simply making money for someone else – then let us show you that earning money and making a living, DOESN’T HAVE TO BE BORING!

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.

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