Julie Smith



CV22 5JE


Qualified with Distinctions

Contact Me     01788 422071
Twitter           @BarkingMadRugby

Julie Smith


Hi I'm Julie Smith and I'm delighted to be your local mobile dog groomer covering the Rugby and Kenilworth area in Warwickshire.


Having worked as a Community Nurse with the NHS for the last 17 years and having a real appreciation how dogs make such a huge impact on the emotional well being in peoples lives, I decided to become a dog groomer to ground myself following my Dad passing away of a sudden illness. I have had a fantastic career in the NHS however my dad's passing gave me an opportunity to reflect on where my hearts always been and what I've wanted to do - to work with dogs.


My 4 year old Border Terrier, Alfie, has given me such joy, love and a sense of peace and has changed my life. He has shown me what's really important and dogs teach us about how to be in the moment that keeps us emotionally healthy, in addition to the physical exercise we get from being dog owners and keeping us fit.


Having had the unconditional love of a dog, and truly feeling what they bring to our lives I will embrace this opportunity and give your dog the pampering and love he deserves, giving the time to show him how important he is in your life by giving him the peace, quiet and fuss that a busy dog grooming salon cannot.


Barking Mad Dog Mobile Dog Grooming offers a personal, professional service at your home and at your convenience, and I can't wait to give your dog the care and love he deserves.

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We're delighted to provide our service in the following towns and surrounding areas:

  • Ashby St.Ledgers

  • Barby

  • Baginton

  • Birdingbury

  • Bourton

  • Bilton

  • Brandon

  • Bretford

  • Brinklow

  • Broadwell

  • Brownsover

  • Burton Green

  • Cawston

  • Churchover

  • Clifton Upon Dunsmore

  • Cosford

  • Church Lawford

  • Churchover

  • Dunchurch

  • Easenhall

  • Flecknoe

  • Frankton

  • Grandborough

  • Harborough Magna

  • Hillmorton

  • Honiley

  • KilsbyKites

  • Hardwick

  • Lawford Heath

  • Leamington Hastings

  • Long Lawford

  • Lilbourne

  • Marton

  • Monks Kirby

  • Newbold

  • Newton

  • Pailton

  • Princethorpe

  • Ryton on Dunsmore

  • Stretton on Dunsmore

  • Stoneleigh

  • Stoneleigh Park

  • Thurlaston

  • Willoughby

  • Wolston





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Fabulous handstripping job done by Julie on my Border Terrier yesterday. So patient when he decided half way through he wasn't keen!! After a short break, work was resumed and she even managed to cut his nails! Big thanks and would have no hesitation in recommending Julie to anyone!

Posted by: Jackie Frith on

I just wanted to say a big thank you to Julie who has been to groom my very smelly collie, Henry! He looks all fluffy. I can tell he's had a great time because he's slept all afternoon!

Posted by: Maggie Adkinson on

Hi julie thanks a 4 a great job u have carried on chloe john williams

Posted by: John Williams on

Thank you once again for making such a lovely job of grooming Tany yesterday. :-) Trisha

Posted by: Trisha on

Hi Julie. Mia looks great thx. Perfect. Shall be using you again :)

Posted by: Kevin on

6 year old, slightly nervy, Labrador retriever had her first ever dog grooming session in Julie's large mobile van outside my house. She also had her nails clipped, included in the session price. Julie played classical music throughout and I had one very clean contented dog! Julie is very friendly and calm - the doggy session was well worthwhile.

Posted by: Lynn on

This is the 2nd time ive used Julie, another great job on my little yorkie called Rooney,great cut and hes soft and smells great, always use Barking Mad forever xx

Posted by: Tania Walters on

Julie groomed Ruby for me today, I was a little worried that she would behave for Julie but she actually fell asleep!! Brilliant service, so understanding and gentle. Thank you Julie, we will be in touch again x

Posted by: Shelley on

1st !! groom today for our Millie and Bingo with Julie from Barking Mad, we feel they had a very positive, enjoyable and calming grooming experience with Julie, who, herself, exudes calm and showed a genuine understanding of both their needs, this was extremely important to us with both Millie and Bingo being rescued dogs. They are two happy, clean and gorgeous smelling doggies this evening, Thank You Julie and Tail Wags from Millie and Bingo, see you next time!!

Posted by: Mel (Imelda) on

Thank you Julie from Barking Mad for doing such a good job on Freda my Yorkie. I think she looks great and enjoyed herself and loved the attention!

Posted by: Grahame on

What a great service you offer, friendly convenient and professional. Alfie loved his groom and looks young again! You've given him a spring in his step!

Posted by: Laura on

Just wanted to say thanks again for doing such a fab job! They smell divine too...hope you can tell me where I can buy whatever it was that you used! Will definitely be in touch again!!

Posted by: bmadrichard on

Fantastic wash and cut on my little yorkshire terrier. He looks great and smells lovely. Deffinatly be using Barking Mad from now on. Thank you

Posted by: tania walters on

I have previously tried other dog groomers but Barney was always a bit too nervous. We tried Julie because of her calm nature and the fact that she uses a stress relief diffuser in her van. As a result we had a stress free beautifully pampered pooch. He smelled fab too! We will definitely be using Julie again; a convenient, friendly, hassle free service. Thanks!!

Posted by: Alison Smith on

We moved into the area recently. My dog Misty is an elderly, fussy, neurotic but beautiful spaniel. Julie was wonderful with her. She allowed me to stay with Misty initially. However, she quickly established strong rapport and I was able to leave Misty being pampered. The cut is great. Misty and I have asked Julie back in 2 months.

Posted by: Sue Johnston-Wilder on

Jane was lovely and Winston warmed to her instantly. I've never seen him look so white and clean. He seems very pleased with his new look. Thank you so much X

Posted by: Loretta Crosby on

Nice service, good thorough grooming but a longer session than expected especially for my old dog!
Van well equipped & dog handled with care.

Posted by: Tracy on

Just had Ted done by Julie in Rugby, very happy. He looks lovely now and clean.
Always friendly service and always happy to help and give advice.
Wouldn't go anywhere else.
Look forward to Ted's next hair cut :)
Thank you
Lucy Masters x Posted by Lucy Masters

Posted by: bmadrichard on

I was really impressed with the service today. Julie was calm and took her time with my dogs who are both nervous when bathed. I will definitely book julie in.the future and would be happy to recommend this service

Posted by: jax constantine on

Thanks for the first class service yesterday, Julie, Poppy looks great!

Posted by: Lisa Wyan on

Thanks for grooming Beau and Wraggs, they looked lovely and fluffy and smelt so much better after their doggie spa!! They were both really calm afterwards and fell asleep! Thanks vey much I will definitely use Barking Mad again!

Posted by: Teresa Yates on

Thank you so much Basil looks so handsome! First experience for him which he loved. What a great service you offer!

From Rugby

Posted by: Sarah Loydall on

I just wanted to thank Julie who came to groom Dando yesterday. Dando is a very nervous Alsation but Julie put him at ease and he really enjoyed his bath! He looks lovely and fluffy and smells so much better than he did before! I would recommend this service to anyone. Posted by Fran Woods

From Rugby

Posted by: bmadrichard on

My News

I would like to give a special thanks to Rugby Photographer Martin Curley who took these lovely photos for me with my Border Terrier, Alfie and his dog, Puzzle, who is also a Barking Mad Customer! Martin has a great deal of patience as both dogs were more interested in playing with one another rather than sitting still posing for the camera!


Martin has a special interest in Pet Photography and he can be found on www.martincurley.com

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May 2015


Here is Oscar before and after his groom, using 100% Organic Shampoo. It looks like he is smiling! 

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There are many ways that I try to make the grooming experience as calm and enjoyable for your dog as possible. I use Pet Remedy plug ins in the van along with Pet Remedy De Stress Spray which I spray on my clothes before a groom. 

I've also noticed that most dogs seem to calm with music and I've realised that music such as Mozart and Norah Jones seem to have the best results! It's amazing how music has a calming influence on dogs. 

I use Animology Shampoo and 100% Organic Shampoo, and I've noticed that Secret Weapon Shampoo which is made from natural ingredients such as Manderins is great for knots and improves drying time, hence reduces the time for your dog. 

 I also clean my van with organic cleaning material to ensure your dog is not stressed with strong unnatural odours.

Party in the Park Charity Event RELOADED 2015 "The Super Hero Challenge"

I'm pleased to announce that Barking Mad Mobile Dog Grooming will be at this event in order to support raise funds for The Teenage Cancer Trust. This will be the 3rd annual event organised by family members in memory of Joel Hammond who died just shy of his 16th birthday.

It will be held at Whitehall Rec, Rugby on 20th June. It will be hosted by Rubgy FM and a variety of entertainment and events are planned such as IMPACT DANCE, the Super Hero Challenge, music and a variety of interesting stalls. So please come along and show your support - I look forward to seeing you there!

March 2015


I would like to mention that we have a celebrity amongst our Barking Mad customers! Dylan the Clumber Spaniel recently qualified and entered CRUFTS on 5th March in the Post Graduate class of the Clumber Spaniel category. He was amongst 83 doggie contestants in that class and managed to qualify in several different rounds. Ray, his dad said that Dylan was well behaved he loved all the attention and took it all in his stride but poor Ray said he was nervous as anything! 

Here is Dylan before his Barking Mad Groom and afterwards just before he entered CRUFTS!!

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January 2015

I've now been operational for 6 weeks and I am loving every minute! I have just groomed my 50th dog and I alreday have 45 customers on my books, so please ensure you book early to avoid disappointment.


I recently qualified in level 3 City and Guilds with Distinctions after my training at Warwickshire Dog Grooming Academy in Bulkington. At Barking Mad we pride ourselves in the fact that all groomers are qualified to Level 3 City and Guilds in Dog Grooming.


I love my new van which has been designed with dogs in mind, it is fully heated and has a window so dogs can watch the world go by when they are having their hair done! It is fully equipped with modern grooming equipment and it has been ergonomically designed to make the most of space so dogs have plenty of room   to move about and get comfortable.


The mobile grooming van means that I come to you at a time and place of your choice, their is no mess for you to clean up afterwards and your pooch wont get stressed in a busy, noisy salon.

 1.jpgThis is Alfie, my Border Terrier, who is the inspiration behind me wanting to be a Dog Groomer, he loves laying on the floor being blow dried with the hairdryer! He is 5 this month - Happy Birthday Alfie!! He is   looking forward to his birthday treat of a long walk and a bit of steak!


Dates for your diary:

1st February and 1st March I shall be at Daventry Community Centre with the Heart of England Dog Show sponsoring "The Best Conditioned Coat" competition, meeting like minded dog lovers who come along to this fun event which raises money for Pet Charities - see you there! http://www.heartofenglanddogshows.co.uk/dogshows.html

I will be at the Rugby Dog Training Club Thursday evening from 7.15 to 8.45pm - come along to see me!Rugbydogtrainingclub.com/obedience.html






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