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Welcome to
Down to Earth Dogs

Down to Earth Dogs

 Here at Down to Earth Dogs, we understand the importance

of a happy & well-trained dog.


Our mission is to provide proper enrichment and mental stimulation to keep up your dogs good behavior and help foster appropriate social skills with other dogs.  


We offer a personalized socialization experience & loving care for fun-filled playtime, social skill learning and relaxing rest time led by professional trainers and fellow dog lovers.


Serving San Diego dogs & their owners for over 14 years.

Over 100 5-star reviews.


"I love to have a place that can safely help my puppy to socialize with other dogs of all sizes and temperaments. I highly recommend Emily & Down To Earth Dogs!"

-Magdalena Laffaye

A New Approach to Enrichment & Learning

Send your pup to his own retreat!


No more stressing about your pup being overlooked, overwhelmed and overcrowded at a large establishment.

Down to Earth Dogs offers a new way to care for and socialize your fur baby. With small-group playtime, personalized attention and an expert training background, it’s like an educational, safe and eco-friendly vacay for your companion.


"Emily cares deeply about all her pups  and is very patient and kind. I have had two dogs enrolled and they always came home exhausted. Your dog kids will have a blast"

What we offer...

San Diego Dogs’ Social Skills Retreat

Daytime Fun 


Where fun and play meet training and safety.


From Tuesday to Friday, give your dog a chance to interact with matched playmates, build their social skills and have fun in the San Diego sun!

Overnight Stay

Keep up your dogs crate training. After a long day of learning, enrichment and socialization time with friends, your dog will settle in for a night of safe, comfortable rest in a cozy & relaxing environment. 


"My dog has been attending Down to Earth Dogs twice a week for about a year and a half and it's the best part of his week. They take such good care of him like he's one of their own! They send the cutest photos of him with the other dogs each day he's there."

-Shannon D.

Apply to join San Diego dogs’ 5-star Dog Club

Making dog socialization fun and safe for everyone.


We take our job as seriously as paw-ssible. An initial meet-and-greet and trial run can help us evaluate if your pup is eligible for our personalized services.


We can’t wait to meet you and your best pal!

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"Emily has a special gift with training dogs, and her love and passion for animals is clearly evident. She's also prompt, responsive, and great to work with. I'd give her 100 stars if I could!"

-Joseph Willmore


Emily Keaney

Emily Keaney is a Boston native who moved to San Diego in 2010. Beginning in her teens, she immersed herself in the animal shelter and rescue community, adopting over 30 animals of all different species. She has volunteered her time with several local organizations, both in Boston and in San Diego, most recently to include the San Diego County Animal Shelter & the San Diego Partners for Pit Bulls Program, & as an adoption counselor/trainer with San Diego Animals Worthy of Life (AWOL). She has fostered numerous dogs for local rescue groups, including a litter she saved from neglect in Mexico. Her personal dog Rodney, a Mastiff mix, was adopted from the Oceanside Humane Society after spending 9 months waiting for a home. He came to Emily with significant separation anxiety, as well as a wide range of fear-based behavior issues; he was the catalyst for Emily’s education and experience in dog behavior and training.

Emily spent 3 years apprenticing under local trainers, including Jessica Wheatcraft, Kyle Rayon, and Madeline Gabriel. Through this experience, she developed a strong intuitive understanding of dog training and behavior, and has a keen eye for body language and social interactions between dogs. She is pursuing certification with PACCC (Professional Animal Care Certification Council). Emily initially offered private in-home training, but now focuses solely on boarding.

Walking Dogs

"I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Emily's services to anyone with a dog. She is a fabulous force free trainer!

-Matt White

Big, Tall, Little, Small. We Love Them All!

It doesn't matter what size your dog is!

At Down To Earth Dogs we accommodate you and your canines size and needs every step of the way!

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