Our mission

Our mission is simple: to provide a safe, nurturing environment that matches each dog's needs individually in appropriately matched small group settings. We believe that each dog is special and the level of care provided is equivalent to the love we show our own pets.

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Our Hours of Operation

Sunday
9:00am - 12pm
Monday
7:30am - 6pm
Tuesday
7:30am - 6pm
Wednesday
7:30am - 6pm
Thursday
7:30am - 6pm
Friday
8:00am - 5:30pm
Saturday
9:00am - 2pm

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.

Recognizing the need for in-home boarding and dog training services that matched her holistic, compassionate and eco-conscious philosophy, she found her calling when she opened Down to Earth Dogs in 2010. She envisioned a place that allowed dogs to stay in a calm, loving & safe home environment, while facilitating carefully matched play groups among the dogs. This, in addition to no restrictions on size and breed, has made Down to Earth Dogs one of the most sought after boarding and daycare facilities in San Diego. Emily was honored by being voted in the top 5 dog boarding businesses for the San Diego City Voter A-List 2017 and was featured as a female entrepreneur in San Diego Voyager Magazine.

An integral part of the business is Emily’s 14 year old daughter, Bella. She has a daily presence and takes an active role in their care; like her mother, she has a natural gift with animals. And, at 10 years of age, Rodney has settled into his role as "company mascot" for Down to Earth Dogs; he has helped numerous dogs learn the rules of appropriate dog play.
Outside of caring for dogs, Emily is a certified yoga instructor through Yoga Alliance, and spends her free time practicing yoga, strength training, hiking, scuba diving, volunteering and spending time with family. She is an active volunteer with Elder Help, a community program that provides services for the elderly.

Perhaps the best testimony for Down to Earth Dogs comes from the canine “customers” themselves, whose eagerness to stay with Emily is evidenced by joyful tail wagging and wiggles en route when they sense they are near their second “home”.

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Emily Keaney

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Bella

Just like her mother, Bella is a lifelong animal lover.  Bella has been involved in the care of personal pets since the age of four. (her menagerie has included birds, rabbits, cats & rats, and even a hedgehog!) One might say that she learned from the best; only those who know Rodney can appreciate all that she has mastered in caring for him. From his early days as a fearless guard dog, to his current old age, Bella has learned the adaptations necessary for individualized care.  She has gradually increased her responsibilities toward daycare and boarding dogs over the past six years, and today is a fully capable canine caregiver.  In addition to sharing responsibility with Emily for Down to Earth Dogs, Bella has her own small business, Vibe High Vintage. Bella brings to the world an incredible sense of compassion, competency and  respect.  Your dog will flourish in her care!

Drew is a life-long dog owner & lover with over four years of professional dog care experience. She has called San Diego home since 2015 when she attended college at Point Loma Nazarene University, beginning her work with dogs after graduating. She is looking forward to slowing down from the high-volume facility she has been working at and joining our team at Down to Earth Dogs.

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Drew