Team Profile

Sharon Chamberlin – Barking Mad Rickmansworth Head Trainer

two dobermannsI founded Doberdayz in 2007. In today’s world we’re all busy and no matter how committed we are to our animals, there are times when we need help. My dogs, cats and horses have always been part of my family. I was very cautious about what arrangements I made for them when I couldn’t be there. I wanted a family atmosphere where the carer would get to know my pet on his or her own terms and love him or her like I did. Not easy to find. Doberdayz / Barking Mad Rickmansworth operate in the Herts / Bucks / Middx border area. We have always made it a priority to treat each animal as an individual.  To meet his or her needs in a professional manner but with lots of affection.

Having always been an animal lover, I grew up with dogs and currently owning two Dobermanns. Ponies & horses have also featured in my life, having been a member of the Pony Club during childhood and invested a good deal of my life in horses.  I have evented and competed with my dogs & horses throughout my life and I have shown Crufts and competed in obedience and agility trials.

Doberdayz having been established, I decided to go one step further and become a fully qualified dog training instructor / behaviourist and this I have now done with Barking Mad Dog Training School . In 2008 I qualified.  I currently offer training classes and behaviour consultations on my 16 acre grassland and woodland site, assisted by my team of nine, some of whom are listed below.

Annie Small – Barking Mad Rickmansworth Senior Instructor
Annie - Senior Instructor

Annie has been working for Barking Mad since she completed the Barking Mad Instructors Courses. Having previously worked with an indoor Training School for 4 years with her Terrier cross, she now also has a rescue hound and enjoys the benefits that training them outside brings.






Simon Allen –  Barking Mad Rickmansworth Instructor.

I am Simon and have had dogs all my life, from rescues to pups and from Terriers to Airedale/Irish Wolfhound X !! My current dog is a Terrier x rescue called Roxy who is about 11 years old now.

I am passionate about dogs , training and understanding their behaviour. My goal when coaching is to inspire clients to reach their full potential with their dogs through quality, fun, reward based methods.

I was a Police Dog Handler working German Shepherds as General Purpose dogs and Specialist Firearms Recovery. I had two Police dogs Falcon and Gunner.

I am an Approved Instructor by the Academy of Dog Training & Behaviour, a member of the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers. I have a keen interest in behaviour and hold a Level 3 qualification in The Foundations of Canine Behaviour Mangement and am studying the Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour Management ( Degree level).

I deliver workshops in Canine 1st Aid complete with a resuscitation  dog called Casper! and Canine Behaviour. I also have a City & Guilds in Dog Grooming and a City & Guilds Teaching qualification.

Mark Hutton – Barking Mad Rickmansworth Instructor

mark - barking mad rickmansworth instructorI’ve had dogs all my life. I came to Barking Mad Rickmansworth with my wife, four years ago, to train our own Dobermann Apollo. We then introduced our own rescue Dobermann Zeus into our family. We are now working at gold star level. I have completed all my dog training instructor courses and I now run my own training classes.



Sarah Puntis – Barking Mad Rickmansworth Instructor
dog training on the beach.
Sarah & setters on the beach.

Dogs have always been part of my life and I was thrilled when my first Gordon Setter joined our family in 2013. Training with Sharon and Annie was a hugely positive experience and Mikey and I are now working towards our gold star award. In October 2016 I acquired a second Gordon Setter, a beautiful one year old bitch who I am looking forward to bringing on to a high standard. Mikey and I have participated in many of the Barking Mad courses and workshops including Agility, Working Trials, Gundog and Flyball and we both enjoyed them immensely. This inspired me to undertake the Barking Mad Instructor Training course. I now take my own training classes and am responsible for Kidsclub.


 Jodie Nazimi – Competitive Agility Instructor

Jodie & MagicI am passionate about agility and the lifestyle that goes with competing at agility shows. I attend shows with my two children, competing and camping regularly. Its a real family event. I have Magic, who is my large Dalmatian cross. We are 1 win away from grade 7, which will allow us to compete for the title of Agility Champion. My 9 year old son has qualified for Crufts twice already with Magic. We also run Lucky a spaniel cattle dog cross at grade 5. She had a year out last year but looks set to return in March 2018 to compete at the junior championships with my daughter.

I believe agility should be an inclusive sport for all breeds and all people. I am creative with my training and find the best method for each partnership, determined by handler mobility and dog ability. Agility is a fun sport and the agility community is very welcoming and supportive.

Vicky Neale – Barking Mad Rickmansworth Assistant Instructor
Vicky with Archie & Indi
Vicky with Archie & Indi

Seven years ago Archie, my first dog, joined my family. After trying several different trainers I found Barking Mad Rickmansworth and have been coming here ever since. Indi came along four years ago and we are currently working on our gold award. I have explored lots of different dog sports over the years but have found my true love lies with clicker, trick and heel work to music. Indi is the first border terrier ‘Trick Dog – Champion’. Here is her video. We are currently in training to compete at Heelwork to Music events. I hold Click & Trick Workshops for Barking Mad Rickmansworth.






 Sara-Jane Larner – Daycare & Walking Manager

I have always had a love for dogs and grown up with them. I have also had horses from a young age which was how I first met Sharon, little did I know what a huge influence she would have on my future endeavours.

I started working at Doberdayz Daycare during my summer holidays from University.  I started working full time once I completed my degree and took on the administration role for Barking Mad Dog Training School and Behavioural Centre. I have now been promoted to Daycare Manager. I aim to become an instructor in the future and have started basic training with our Border Collie, Tess