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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.


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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HUMANS LOVE IT HERE, TOO

In case you didn’t see the sticker on the door or the smile on our faces, we are proud to inform you that The Watering Bowl was recently named one of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Top Workplaces.

That’s right. The place where dogs run free is also known for empowering employees and making everyone feel welcome. And while we value the enthusiasm we see every day from our four-legged clientele, they aren’t equipped to fill out satisfaction surveys. So, to all the hard-working, hard-playing, poop-scooping, picture-taking, dog-name-knowing, t-shirt-wearing, positive-reinforcement-giving members of our two-legged pack, we sincerely say thank you.

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WE’RE PROUD OF OUR PRIDE

In case you can’t tell, we are full of love at The Watering Bowl. The dogs, the staff, the people on the other end of the leash—it’s a privilege to get to work in an environment that’s not just accepting but celebratory of all of our differences. And it’s all founded on mutual respect and support for one another.

Our cage-free canine community celebrates all breeds of dogs and all varieties of humans. Dogs don’t see labels. They just see new best friends, and we’re proud to follow their lead.

So this pride month, as in years past, we are showing our pride through our customized logo, our shirts and way, way more.

You’ll see us at the Tower Grove Pride 2019 to celebrate our friends and neighbors.

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WATCHING DOGS WHILE THEY SLEEP

You may not realize it, but not every boarding facility keeps staff around overnight. And while it is nice to see them snooze, The Watering Bowl pulls all-nighters for safety and peace of mind.

Across all four of our locations we have a total of 10 people dedicated to making sure your dog gets a great night’s sleep, so he or she can have a great day of play, to paraphrase Buster Moon. We recently stayed up past our bedtime to hear from one of our overnight managers, Krista Chatman, about what it takes and what it means to tuck in the pups.

Hey Krista, what do you love most about working at The Watering Bowl?

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GET AFTER IT

The Macklind Mile is right around the corner. Or more accurately, it’s straight down the hill.

That’s right, the race known as “St. Louis’ fastest mile” is back and better than ever. And we are once again the title sponsor for the Dog Mile event. 

Register at that link up there. Or this one here. It’s the exact same link, so it really doesn’t matter. So is that one, for what it’s worth. And that other one is, too.

They’re all the same place to register. The only difference is when you hit the link to register.  Promo code WB19 gets $5 off registration.

The price goes up if you don’t reserve your spot before 6/24.

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