Our Mission

Our mission is to help our clients nurture happy and well-adjusted pets through smart play, focused exercise, and behavioral coaching.

We support forever home adoptions. All services are designed to help shelter pets adapt to their new homes, and to create happy, healthy routines for all pets. Our goal is to make sure that no pet is returned to a shelter due to anxious or destructive behaviors.

Based in Easton, Down Dog is run by Anne Johns and her daughter Michelle.





Anne Johns, Behavioral Coach/Pet Care Specialist/Problem Solver

Anne founded Down Dog in 2013 with the goal of providing more than basic pet care. She works with clients to create lasting, healthy behaviors and routines for their pets.

Prior to starting Down Dog, Anne spent 20 years in the fitness industry as a fitness and nutrition expert. She approaches behavioral coaching for animals with a similar emphasis on the link between exercise and well-being.

Anne regularly works on socialization and play therapy with the adoptable cats and dogs from Chesapeake Cats & Dogs. She is in the process of becoming a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator through the American Kennel Club.

Anne lives in Cambridge, MD with her cat, Barley.




Michelle Johns, Marketing/Pet Care Specialist/Cat Person

Michelle provides part-time marketing support, pet care, and occasional cat wrangling/socialization. She lives near Baltimore with her cats, Sophie and Booboo.