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.





Emma RappDaycare & Walking Day Centre Manager / Barking Mad Rickmansworth Instructor.
emma & keidy dobermann
Doberdayz Daycare Manager

I have always had a passion for dogs and couldn’t imagine not having dogs in my life.  Kiedy is my lovely Dobermann and I grew up with German Shepherds.

When I was growing up I always wanted to be a dog trainer and now i’m realising my dream after I applied to work at Doberdayz & never looked back.

I have completed my Barking Mad Instructors Courses & now run my own training classes.





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.


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.






 Jackie Keane

Hi, I’m Jackie and I met Sharon in 2011, totally overwhelmed by an 18 month old very boisterous and, I thought, untrainable Labrador! I had experienced a few trainers and training schools, but to no avail.

When I met Sharon, it just all clicked and fell into place, her straightforward, realistic training methods made so much sense and she gave me the tools to train Dillon. Life started to become so much easier!

When Sharon acquired the grounds at Chorleywood, I offered my services, really wanting to be part of the team dealing with administrative tasks, I also help out on Sundays, when there are many training classes taking place.