Do the country’s cleverest canines live in Tameside?

IS your dog an intellectual with a large lexicon or a pooch of few words? 

Barking Mad Glossop, a 5* rated dog sitting service, is involved in the launch of an online survey to discover just how well educated the canines of Saddleworth and Tameside really are and how they match up against their national counterparts!

Walkies, sit and stay are words that make up most dogs’ vocabularies but have you ever stopped to wonder just exactly how many words your pet understands?

The dog holiday specialists are fascinated by how large and varied a word list the average pooch can recognise and have decided to carry out some research of their own.

Their Dictionary Dog Survey is now live and they’d love local dog owners to participate!

In 2016 researchers from the Eötvös Loránd University in Hungary confirmed that dogs really can understand human speech, a fact which Barking Mad Dog Care has always known!

The ‘Neural Mechanisms for Lexical Processing in Dogs’ study was the first to investigate how dogs follow speech and found that our canine best friends did not just pick up on tone of voice.

The study showed that dogs were capable of learning the meaning of up to 1000 words, with their brains working in a similar way to humans and could even differentiate between the positive or negative manner in which the words were spoken.

As part of their customer registration process, Barking Mad compile lots of important information about a dog’s preferences, medical history and day to day routine, which allows them to expertly match each dog with the perfect holiday host.

They always take the time to run through all the commands and words which a dog understands and carefully replicate them, to allow the dog to feel completely at home.

A public survey has been created to research just how well educated dogs in the UK are today, by asking some simple questions, which only take around two minutes to complete.

The survey is available online at: and your participation would be greatly appreciated.

Barking Mad have teamed up with Venture Studios, the UK’s leading family portrait photographer, to offer a fantastic free prize draw entry for survey participants.

To be in with a chance of winning a Studio Experience voucher plus a 10 x 8 framed portrait of your pet, just complete the survey all about your dog’s word skills and follow the link to enter the draw!

Contact Barking Mad at to find your dog’s home from home. You can contact Dawn on 01457 597222 or email


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