Barking Mad - Torquay, Plymouth & Surrounding Areas
- Dog home boarding in Devon
- Because dogs deserve a holiday too
- Friendly personal service
- Sleepovers & long stay
- Peace of Mind - Priceless
- Door to door collection and delivery
Barking Mad - Dog Home Boarding in Torquay, Plymouth & Surrounding Areas
Jennifer & Carolyn
Hi, we are Jennifer, Carolyn and Terry and we launched Barking Mad in Plymouth, South West Devon and South East Cornwall in 2008.
We are all mad dog lovers, Jennifer and Terry have a nine year old Golden Retriever called Sid who is full of bounce and energy and thinks he’s still a puppy. Carolyn has a 12 week old Chocolate Labrador.
We feel that we have the best job possible, every day is different and we meet the most fantastic and interesting dogs and their owners. What can be better than collecting a dog knowing that they are going to have as good a holiday as their owner, and making our host’s day by leaving the dog with them.
We work very hard to provide you and your dogs with an excellent, worry free holiday experience. Before your dog’s first holiday, we will come and meet you and your lovely dog in your home. This gives us the chance to chat and find out all there is to know about your four-legged friend. We think this initial meeting is so important, as it allows us to get to know your dog and enables us to make the perfect match with one of our great host families.
Our hosts are very special people who love having Barking Mad dogs to stay. We select them very carefully and they have oodles of experience of caring for dogs. They will care for your dog as though it was their own.
When you go on holiday we collect your dog from your home and take them to their holiday home. We ensure that they are settled and happy with the host and contact you to put your mind at rest. When we bring your dog home after their holiday we will give you great feedback about your dog’s stay. When you book again we will always try to place them with the same host family.
Plymouth - Ivybridge - Tavistock - Yelverton - Saltash - Torpoint
Liskeard - Looe - Callington - Yealmpton
Who’s who - It’s really important to get to know you and your dog, especially in the beginning. We’ll come to you and over a cup of tea you can tell us all about your day-to-day routines for feeding and exercising so we can replicate this for your dog. We’ll chat about likes (usually a lot), dislikes (usually the postman) and any healthcare requirements. By the second chocolate digestive we’ve started to understand your dogs’ individual needs and lifestyle. By the end of our meeting, which usually takes around an hour, we’ll all be getting along famously.
Oh and don’t worry, we love dogs of all shapes and sizes, pedigree, Heinz 57 or rescue. They can sleep in the bedroom, pull on the lead, or even hide your favourite socks. As long as they are friendly we’ll get along just fine.
Holiday home - Selecting the right host family is very important and your input into this process is invaluable. You will want to know where your dog is going, so during our time together you are going to see all of our dog-loving families. They are just like you and me, and guaranteed to meet our extremely high pet sitting standards. Together we’ll make the right choice, and you can decide whether your best friend stays in a home with or without a resident dog, depending on his needs.
5 Star - Our service includes door-to-door, chauffeur driven transport for your dog. Being collected from home is far less stressful, and completely overcomes the anxiety caused to dogs when left behind by their owners. Our experience has shown visiting dogs settle more quickly with their home comforts around them including bed, food, toys and treats, arranged as they would be at home. In no time at all, they’ve become part of the family, with their paws placed firmly under the table.
Our hosts are at home during the day to ensure round the clock care is always provided, especially where puppies, dogs on regular medication and senior citizens are concerned. We’re in touch with our hosts regularly, so we will keep you posted during your time away about anything you need to know.
The best bit for us is seeing dogs happily settled-in and comfortable with their host. We will, wherever possible, be sure to use the same family each time you book a holiday. There are no minimum or maximum time limits, we’re here whenever you need us.
Trial Stay - We’ll arrange a short stay in advance of your main booking so that when you’re away you can relax knowing your dog is having as good a time as you are!
Leave it to the experts - There’s no point having a dog and barking yourself, we do all the hard work so you don’t have to. No tedious form filling, laborious visits back and forth to meet various people; a simple phone call is all that is required.