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Why Choose The BARKING MAD Dog Training & Behaviour Company?

When looking for a dog training school usually it's often out of necessity because we have a puppy and it's considered the right thing to do, or perhaps you have an adult dog which may be a bit of a Loony Goon or a Grumpy Git ...

... Our team of expert Instructors and Behaviourists will put you at ease right from the beginning and with all the support you need, we'll help you achieve all of your goals and aspirations! 

All our classes, 121's and Intensive courses are done in a relaxed, friendly and most importantly, realistic  outdoor environment. The Customer experience and journey is at the heart of what we do.

We see ourselves as predominantly as teachers, teaching you to develop the relationship and tools to be the ultimate trainers of your dog.

We firmly believe that if you enjoy it so will your dog, and our great reputation  will continues!

Richard Clarke GoDT(MT) set Barking Mad up 25 years ago and he and his team have trained thousands of pet and behaviour clients with their Furbabys as well as a variety of working dog roles ... from dogs to detect drugs, explosives, riots, bed bugs for the 2012 London Olympics, Sumatran Tigers in Indonesia, Box Keeled Turtles in Vietnam to Dogs performing in the movie industry!

Whatever your problems, goals or aspirations, you can feel confident that the team at The Barking Mad Dog Training & Behaviour Company will be able to help!


 How Can We Help You?


Training and Behaviour


"The more we train, the luckier we get"

Richard Clarke GoDT(MT)

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Richard Clarke GoDT(MT)

Director of Training

Originally in the Royal Navy, Richard went on to become a Civilian Environmental Trainer for the Ministry of Defence, qualifying over 28 years ago in both Canine Psychology and nutrition.

Today, he and his team work with International Organisations and vets all over the world helping hundreds of dogs each year.

Richard is a qualified trainer and has worked on a variety of film and TV work including as a Judge on BBC's Dog Borstal and most recently featured on BBC Countryfile programmes


Natalie Clarke

Head Trainer

Natalie originally came to Barking Mad in 2003 with her naughty Westie Barney who had severe behavioural issues. She went on to successfully compete in Working Trials and in the process was bitten by the dog training bug.  Natalie specialises in 121 behavioural and sports training as well as puppy and adult classes.  Natalie has 2 labradors and a Westie, Betty, Nellie and Poppy.  Natalie loves gundog training and agility with all her dogs.


Julie Cant

Deputy Head Trainer

Since completing the Instructors courses at Barking Mad Julie has been a full time Accredited Instructor for the last 10 years.  Having worked as a specialist detection instructor in Vietnam with Richard in 2010 Julie's ability as an instructor quickly went from strength to strength.  Julie successfully rehabilitated her 'Ex Grumpy' Cruz who ended up being a real ambassador for her and Barking Mad.  She currently is working towards competing at Working Trials with her 2 labradors and Staff Cross...... Yoshi, Frank and Mitch.


Kate Smith

Senior Instructor & Behaviourist

Kate started at Barking Mad with her Rottweiler Cross Mason, she quickly decided she would like to do our Instructor Courses to pursue a career helping others train their dog.  Kate specialises in behaviour 121s and group classes.

Kate has got 3 dogs, a Rottweiler Cross, a Labrador and a Border Terrier....Mason, Mavis and Annie-Mac.  When Kate isn't training her customers she is out with Mavis who is nearly qualified as part of the search and rescue team for East Anglia.


Lyndsay Spooner

Instructor & Behaviourist

Lyndsay has a real passion for rescue dogs, and is a real asset to our team.  Having successfully gained her Masters Degree in Clinical Animal Behaviour she decided to spread her wings and managed a dog cafe in Australia.  After returning she completed our Instructors Courses, she specialises in behavioural 121s, puppy and adult classes and also helps run our Dog School.  Lyndsay has 2 dogs Bimba and Bob who are both rescues from Europe.


Brendan Baldwin


Brendan has been part Barking Mad for the past 4 years as a customer and then successfully going on to complete our Instructors Course.  Brendan specialises in puppy and adult classes and helps run our Dog School.  Brendan has an Otter Hound called Gilmore that got Best Puppy in Breed in 2016.  He has recently got himself a new Labrador puppy called Tharpe who is amazing at everything so we will wait to see what she achieves.


Karen Goddard


Having run her own very successful dog walking and boarding service for years, the natural step in her passion for dogs was to become a dog training instructor.  Karen is involved with rehabilitating Romanian rescue dogs and has ended up keeping a few along the way.


Holly Raven

Office Manager

Holly was recommended to come to Barking Mad as her dog, Jasper,  had become over protective of both her and her new baby especially against men and other dogs.  Having successfully completed some behavioural 121s, happy go lucky Jasper is now working towards competing in both field trials and working trials and Holly, having caught the Barking Mad bug, is now training the rest of us to be more organised!


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