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The Scoop

There’s a lot going on at The Watering Bowl. Check back here often to stay up on the latest. And be sure to check our Facebook page to see how much fun we had at past events.


Relaxing the pack

We have long been proponents of the positive behavioral cues shared in a pack environment. In fact, that’s the whole reason we founded our cage-free canine community. Spending time with the pack may look like a lot of playing and slobbering, but it’s also a lot of learning and leading and following.

All of it translates to a calmer dog who is more apt to behave better at home.

And while they’re with us, our staff works to maintain balance among the pack, so everyone can benefit from this environment. That’s why it was so important for our team to fully understand the potential of introducing CBD to our clientele.

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Fetching some indoor fun

During the long winter months, it’s easy to get cabin fever. And it’s not just you. Your dog feels it too, and maybe even worse. When your dog wants to go outside to play but can’t, it’s easy for them to drive you up the wall with their pent-up energy. And over time, they can get depressed. So this winter, keep their minds and bodies active with some indoor fun. 

Here are a few ideas to keep tails wagging this winter:

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Over The River And Through The Bowl

STP is ready for your d-o-g

If your holiday expedition finds you heading westward, we would like to take this opportunity to invite you to bring your dog along for at least one leg of the journey—even if he or she isn’t welcome at the ultimate destination of Grandmother’s house.

Take a look at the map or your app of preference and see if you happen to be heading out of town via I-64 (forty), I-70, 364 or Highway 94. In case you haven’t heard, we have a brand new location in that vicinity.

At 1409 Harvestowne Industrial Dr.—you can go ahead and tap that address—in St. Peters, we will be celebrating our first holiday boarding season as one big, happy family.

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Thanksgiving Falls On A Wednesday

This year, it feels like Thanksgiving is showing up simultaneously early and late. It feels early for those of us who still can’t figure out what season the weather is from. It’s late for the shoppers and decorators who feel like they’re a weekend behind.

As disorienting as the holiday season can be, we can’t help but stop and take a second to acknowledge how thankful we are.

While we’re looking forward to all the fixins (and leftovers) as much as the next doggy daycare, we are grateful all year long.

We’re thankful for those who make up our cage-free canine community (that would be you and the dog you’re reading this to) for all your faith in us to take care of your loved furry ones. And our staff, whose hard work, compassion and commitment is what makes all of this possible.  But if we had to make a list of all the things we’re thankful for all year long, we will happily oblige. We like lists almost as much as we like gravy.

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As easy as CBD

CBD. You’ve probably heard about it a lot recently. Your countercultural friends take it. You’ve read blogs about it. You’ve probably even tried it yourself. But what exactly is CBD?

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of the fastest growing trends amongst humans. A compound found in cannabis and hemp, it is being extensively used as a form of alternative medicine to relieve pains, cure diseases, and reduce anxiety. The lack of THC – the psychoactive part of cannabis – also means that CBD oil can be made available for dogs.

With the legalization of marijuana in many places, people’s interest in CBD has risen – probably for the better. CBD slows down the breakdown of endocannabinoids. Phew that’s a lot of letters. But it’s the release of this molecule that tells your brain to pump the brakes and relax. Since dogs have the same endocannabinoid systems as humans, they have more or less the same reaction to CBD that we do, which would explain the rise in popularity of CBD oil for dogs.

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GET YOUR GAME FACE ON

Game mode: Engaged.

Game night is always a great time: you get to hang out with your friends; have a few drinks; and accuse the other players of cheating. All that’s missing is your adorable pup.

Not anymore.

You can finally have your best friend by your side for these dog-friendly games. From educational games to training activities, there’s a game for every type of dog out there. Here are a few of our favorites:

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RACKING UP THE CERTIFICATIONS

The walls and halls of our four locations are filling up with framed certificates for CPR and Pet First Aid. Okay, so maybe the walls aren’t literally covered, but that doesn’t diminish the pride we take in the capabilities of our staff. They’re amazing. And they’re always looking for ways to improve themselves and the care they provide your dogs.

So, we upped the ante.

Since we have so many employees who are excited to earn the certification, we went ahead and certified someone to train others on pet CPR and First Aid. Yes, we certified a certifier.

What does it take to become a certified certifier you ask? Well, it’s intense and well worth it. ProTrainings offers a two-day course where each day is a 9-hour event. And as a result, we are on track to certify all of our staff members throughout each location. Once we do that, we plan to make pet CPR and First Aid part of our orientation process for new employees.

Currently, we have 33 staff members certified, and we schedule our teams to make sure that at least one person per shift is prepared to respond in case of emergency.

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End Your Summer With A Splash

Take your dog for a much-needed dip while you can. Since most pools start closing on Labor Day, they welcome your pup and its flowing locks with open arms, without worrying about hair clogging up the filters.

Expert Level Dog Paddler

If you’re looking for the nearest doggy pool day, you’ve come to the right place. Just scroll on down and break out the zinc oxide.

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STAY & TRAIN, SO-CO STYLE

We’ve always said you’ll pick up a better dog than you dropped off, and that holds true for doggy daycare at each TWB location across the metro area. When dogs socialize and have a venue to work out their pent-up energy, they can relax and just be themselves. And who doesn’t feel better after a full day of that?

But if you’ve had the opportunity to utilize our training services, you may have noticed we’re taking the idea of picking up a better dog to a whole new level.

Stay & Train classes are exactly what they sound like. You drop off your dog for daycare, and we pull him or her aside for a 1-on-1 session during the day. We’ve been offering these for a while at three of our locations, and we are proud to finally offer them at our original location in South County.

When you pick up your pup, you get a report with homework to continue the learning outside of our walls. They love hearing from our trainers but reinforcement from their most trusted human (you) will help convert that behavior to their daily environment.

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IT’S AN UNCAGED AUGUST

Don’t give up on Summer. It’s still happening, and we have the events to prove it.

This Friday, August 2 we will be hosting our friends from Schlafly at our Dog Grove location for a sampling event from 4pm to 6pm. So if you’re picking up your dog, you’re invited to try Uncaged Ale, an APA for the APA. And if you’re not picking up your dog, feel free to stop by anyway.

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