Here’s what you and your small dog should know about us!

Our training and care philosophy: All positive, all the time

Daycare is supposed to be fun for dogs and provide relief and peace of mind for dog owners. With that in mind, we use only positive reinforcement techniques to teach our little guests the rules of the house and reinforce their good manners for your benefit at home. Positive training builds confidence and it’s fun, too.

We believe in positive care of our human clients, too. That’s why we offer a full day of care to cover your full day at work, provide pick up and drop off at no extra cost, and always greet you with a friendly voice or face.

Our owner and lead trainer/care giver: Shura Kelly, CTC

Shura holds a Certificate in Training & Counseling from the Academy for Dog Trainers, widely held as the “Harvard of dog training schools.” She has been training dogs since her graduation in 2001, giving in to her soft spot for small dogs early on. She is a member of the Pet Professional Guild which provides world-wide leadership in positive reinforcement training. Locally she belongs to the ProDog and Ocean Beach Dog associations. Shura regularly attends professional seminars, workshops, and conferences to hone her skills, keep up on the latest scientific research on canine training and behavior, and help her staff do the same.

Our team: All qualified hands on deck

We take a team approach to the care of small dogs, working together to meet the needs of all our small guests all the time. We are proud to require that all Bark to Basics staff are either educated through the Academy for Dog Trainers or the dog*tec Dog Walking Academy or both. We study canine learning theory, body language, basic positive training techniques, aggression, group care and management, safety and emergency protocols, and canine first aid and CPR. At Bark to Basics our work is more than a job. It’s both a vocation and an avocation and, while we have a whole lot of fun doing it, we always take what we do for the serious work it is.

“Roscoe *hearts* Shura”

“and everyone at Bark to Basics. Why do you ask? Because he has all day non-stop fun (of course there's nappy time) and he gets to play with all his squishy faced friends and go on a walk. When Roscoe gets home, he tells me how much fun he's had all day and then passes out for the rest of the night. ”

–Julie F.

Think we might be a match for you and your small dog?

Send us an email or give us a call at (415) 265-0684. We’d love to hear from you.


Bark to Basics provides small dog daycare for the San Francisco neighborhoods of Sunset, Richmond, Sea Cliff, Presidio Heights, Pacific Heights, and some areas North of the Pan Handle.

Don’t see your area listed? Give us a call anyway—we’d be so happy to help you find the perfect place for your little dog!