A DOG sitting service provider is offering a solution to the potential loneliness and inability to switch off that can result from remote working.

Barking Mad, which operates in Middlewich, allows people who work from home to dog sit for owners who are on holiday.

The service believe that caring for a dog on a temporary basis could help to overcome feelings of isolation.

Becky Spall, owner of the Crewe branch of Barking Mad, said: “It’s like bring your dog to work day in reverse. If you work from home, we can bring you a lovely, friendly dog to care for whilst their owner is away on holiday, subject to you meeting our host criteria.

“We take care of everything, included chauffeuring the dog to your home with all their essentials and providing 24/7 support.

“Caring for a friendly dog not only provides canine cuddles but also the motivation to step away from your emails and go and take a walk at lunchtime.”

The community of Barking Mad host families consists of active retired people and those who either work from home or have extended periods away from work.

Hosts experience all the benefits of dog companionship without any of the emotional or financial responsibilities of full-time pet ownership.

Sarah Spendlove, an artist who works from home and hosts for Barking Mad, said: "As a host, the process has been really straight forward and well organised.

“I've enjoyed the companionship, exercise and everything else that comes with dog sitting.

“I'd definitely recommend Barking Mad to others, as it's brought bundles of furry joy into my home, and I always want to give them the best holiday full of walks and playtime."

To find out more about becoming a Barking Mad host, call Becky Spall on 01270 260570 or email becky.spall@barkingmad.uk.com