Barking Mad

Suffolk Dog Training & Behaviour Co.

The Barking Mad Dog Training & Behaviour Company is one of the most trusted Professional Training Organisations in the country.

Since 1994 we’ve been helping both pets and their owners to better understand each other and live together in perfect harmony. All in a warm, friendly and welcoming environment!

"Dogs do speak, but only to those

who know how to listen." Orhan Pamuk


Why Choose The BARKING MAD Dog Training & Behaviour Company?

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

Over the past 25 years our team of expert Instructors and Behaviourists have successfully trained thousands of pet and behaviour clients and we can help you too!

We’ll put you at ease right from the beginning. Providing all the support you need we’ll help you to achieve your goals and aspirations.

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

Our classes, 1-2-1s and intensive courses are all done in a relaxed, friendly and most importantly, realistic outdoor environment. 

For us, the customer’s experience and journey is at the heart of what we do. We firmly believe that if you enjoy it so will your dog, and our great reputation will continue!

Richard Clarke GoDT(MT) set up Barking Mad 25 years ago. He has a wealth of experience in training dogs both as pets and in working roles. His working experience includes training dogs to detect drugs and explosives as well as bed bugs for the 2012 London Olympics. Richard has trained dogs to perform in film and television and has travelled the world detecting Sumatran Tigers in Indonesia and Box Keeled Turtles in Vietnam.

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!



Do you have a Grumpy Git and Unruly Teenager or an Anxious Annie.....if so 121 training is for you.  All our 121s are based at our training school and take place throughout the week and weekend.


"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 4 labradors a Westie and a Bedlington Whippet - Betty, Nellie, Donkey, Dolly, Poppy and Kitty. 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, group classes and scent work.

Kate has got 5 dogs, a Rottweiler Cross, 2 Labradors and 2 Border Terriers....Mason, Mavis, Walter, Annie-Mac and Ethel. When Kate isn't training her customers she is out with Mavis and Walter who are training as part of the search and rescue team for East Anglia.


Lyndsay Spooner MSc

Senior Instructor & Behaviourist

Having grown up with multiple naughty rescues (up to 4 at one time!) Lyndsay's passion for dogs and their rehabilitation was ignited at a young age. 

She went on to study a BSc in Animal Behaviour, followed by a MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour. After this she went travelling - in this time she ran a booming dog cafe in Australia which cemented her desire for a career with dogs. 

When she returned in 2018 and her Dad had adopted another challenging rescue, she came along to Barking Mad and subsequently completed the Instructors Courses to complete her training - she's never looked back!

With an in depth understanding of behaviour, learning theory and body language - Lyndsay is a real asset to our team. She specialises in pet classes, behavioural 121's and agility - running our K9 Kidz club and doing trick training to boot!

She has a Bedlington X Whippet called Albie who is a real ambassador for the lurcher 'breed' - she loves teaching him lots of tricks and is training to compete with him in agility. 


Abbie Clarke


Coming soon


Meg Summers

Instructor & House Sitting

Meg has always had a passion for animals, especially dogs and maintains their welfare needs.  She previously worked in a boarding kennels and loved learning about the different breeds and their characteristics that come with them!  

Meg trains her German Short Haired Pointer, Otto, whom she hopes to progress in many sports with him.  Together they have achieved their Expert Tricks Dog Title in association with Trick Dogs Uk and their Gold Star Award within our club.

Meg teaches Pet Classes, 121's (training and behavioural) and Dog Sports, including gundog.  She also offfers House Sitting in clients homes.


Jennie Collins Bsc


After completing her BSc in Animal Science at Writtle College Jennie joined the Barking Mad team to combine her passion for dogs with her other passion in life - horses. Having completed our Initial Instructors course Jennie continues to further her knowledge about animal genetics and behaviour. Jennie owns Diego, a rescue dog whom is blind and Apple a black Labrador. Jennie instructs pet classes and Flyball and Hoopers.


Anneka Goater


Coming soon


Larry Cant


Larry has been part of Barking Mad for the last 10 years and decided to take the plunge and work for us full time a few years ago.

Larry has completed our instructors course and has been a big part of all our recent improvements at BM. Larry has a black Labrador called Skipper and instructs pet and agility classes.


Ness Burling


Ness has always had a real passion for dogs and horses and after balancing a very successful but stressful job for years she decided to make the leap in 2021 and do something she loves. She's previously owned a Lab X Collie and rescued/long term fostered a Springer Spaniel for 8 months whilst finding him his forever home. In 2020 she welcomed her Border Collie Maggie Mae into her home and trained her by herself until she was 10 months when she joined Barking Mad to advance her training. She loves doing Agility, Flyball and Working Trials with Maggie Mae and they love learning new tricks together! Ness successfully completed the Instructors Course in 2021 and hasn't looked back!


Michelle Clarke


Michelle's journey to becoming an instructor began in 2007 with her chocolate lab Luna. Luna had some challenging behaviors so Michelle began training at Barking Mad (which was based in Hertfordshire at the time). She thoroughly enjoyed her training sessions and so when the opportunity arose to train as an instructor she jumped at the chance! She loves being part of the Barking Mad team - taking pet classes, training the dogs in Dog School and working in our office! Michelle is still part of team Labrador and currently has 2 lovely labs - Bosun and Goose!


Anna Baggott

Office Manager

Anna has been a huge part of Barking Mad for the past 6 years when she joined training classes with her Labrador.  She completed the instructors course after wanting a greater depth of knowledge to understand her own dogs.  She has 3 labradors Daisy, Ruby and Beanie.  She works behind the scenes with Richard overseeing the every day running of the club,.


Rachel Bowles





Kathryn Rowe


Kathryn was introduced to BMDTC as a customer some 5 years ago with Duke, her black lab before successfully completing our Instructors Courses. She delivers both puppy and adolescent classes alongside training the newest member of her family Elsa, a fox red Lab. 

Why should you train your puppy or dog? There are several reasons but the most obvious and strongest argument: because you'll both enjoy it!

Martha Ash



Martha has always been passionate about animals (especially dogs) and started teaching her first dog George (a Cocker Spaniel) tricks when she was just 10 years old! After moving from Devon to Suffolk in 2020 she began Gundog training at Barking Mad with her Lab Willow which gave her the training bug! From here she successfully completed our Instructors Courses and is now teaching puppy classes as well as being a valued member of the Dog School team! She has recently welcomed a Cockapoo puppy (Gigi) to her home and is excited to train her to Gold standard and see what they can achieve together!

No upcoming events at the moment

Jackie Blanche




Here’s What Our Customers Are Saying...

Roxie was about as dog-reactive as you can get... The transformation in the first three weeks of 1-2-1s had to be seen to be believed. I can now take Rox pretty much anywhere without worrying, and I’m much better equipped to read her and situations that might upset her and deal with those things properly.

It feels like a big family atmosphere at Barking Mad; it feels like everyone there is interested in how you and your dog are progressing. Turning up to that first session was the best thing I have done since I adopted Roxie from the Dog’s Trust. It’s turned our lives around. Thank you Julie and everyone at Barking Mad!

Ross & Roxie, Malinois

I had never had a dog before so I wanted as much help as possible to raise a well behaved one and Barking Mad have definitely helped me achieve that.
We love going to dog classes every Sunday morning. Hunter gets to see his friends who he has know since we first started back in June. It’s great socialisation for both Hunter & I and we are still learning so much every week.
It’s a great company and would highly recommend them.

Becky & Hunter, Cocker Spaniel

Absolutely fabulous group of trainers. Really friendly and never make you feel stupid when you get things wrong. Always happy to give you advice and really do know their stuff. My dog loves training here. He got bored training in a village hall but here every week is new, fun, different and exciting and we have both tried things I wouldn't know where else to go to have a go at it. Try the free sessions and find out for yourself.

Lindsey & Buddy, Cockapoo

Barking Mad is amazing, we have a rescue dog and started with a few 1-2-1s before moving into a group. Natalie really understands dogs and our dog loves her. With Nat's help, Bella has gone from a reactive dog to a well-behaved and friendly dog. We love all the classes and really look forward to going. This is the place to train your dog whilst having fun. (Although sometimes I think it's us being trained)! I highly recommend Nat and the rest of the team.

Katina & Bella, Border Collie


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