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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.

Hard To Believe It’s Been 9 Years

It’s been nine years since we first threw open the big overhead door to release the hounds in South County. Nine years since we begged all our friends and family to come “make us look busy.” Nine years since Madden and Ruger, our founding dogs, helped us make all the crucial, four-legged decisions.

And it’s been an amazing ride ever since.

We’re proud of the growth we’ve experienced thanks to our customers on both sides of the leash. But we’re more proud that our original vision of a cage-free canine community continues to thrive.

Now, with four locations and the greatest staff in the business, we are more prepared than ever to entertain, train, board and otherwise treat your dog to the full Watering Bowl experience. In fact, we are especially proud to have three certified trainers as part of our very own Butt Sniffers Academy.

What started in South County, spread to Brentwood. From there, we invested heavily in the city at our Dog Grove location. And most recently, we put down roots in St. Charles County. Through it all, we’ve put the dogs first. (more…)

More Expansion in St. Peters

Just because we had a grand opening doesn’t mean we’re done settling into our new digs in St. Peters. If you haven’t had the chance, check out some of our finishing touches, like our new Daycare & Boarding sign that just went up:

And the huge wall mural that greets you when you walk into the lobby. And the “peeking dog” billboard on 360/94 that you just can’t miss.

But wait, there’s more. Wait. Wait. Eeeasy. Stay. You may have guessed it–we’ve expanded our training operation.

Butt Sniffers Academy West is fully up and running and ready to train dogs in St. Charles County. And we’re proud to offer the full suite of training services from our new location. (more…)

Our Trio of Trainers

As a company, The Watering Bowl believes in the power of socialization to improve behavior and deepen the bond between dogs and humans. That’s why everything we do emphasizes interaction among dogs. (Hence, the Butt Sniffers name.) And our cage-free canine community influences our training program, and vice versa.

All of our trainers are certified. And while they can talk to you at length about their individual philosophies, methodologies and areas of emphasis, we think it’s important for you to get to know them as people. After all, that’s what they do with dogs and the humans on the other end of the leash.

So, here’s a chance to get to know each our three trainers, Molly, Tyler and Laura. And if you have follow-up questions, we encourage you to share those in the comments, give us a call or schedule an assessment.

First up: Molly.


6-legged Hiking With TWB

Our highly biased and not-at-all scientific research has shown that the average hike is at least 87% more enjoyable with a dog. Don’t believe us? Join us and see for yourself.

As part of our commitment to #DoMoreWithYourDog, The Watering Bowl will be leading people and pups along a series of hikes this year. Each month, we will take the (very visible) Waggin’ Wagon out to a new trailhead and invite all of our friends and their companions to join us.

The next hike will be:

Sunday, February 10

Glassberg Family Conservation Area

Eureka, MO

There’s no fee and no cause other than our own desire to build stronger bonds between dogs and humans.

Fittingly, the whole idea for The Watering Bowl started on the trail. We knew we wanted to find ways for people to get more enjoyment out of their time with their dogs. And vice versa. (more…)

The Undiagnosed Symptoms of Cabin Fever

In humans, the signs are obvious. We get restless. We binge watch. We forage for snacks. But believe it or not, cabin fever affects dogs, too. And the symptoms can range from obvious to somewhat hidden.

Before we examine three such signs that your dog may be suffering from the very real scourge of cabin fever, we would like to subject you to a natural and not-at-all-opportunistic plug for Butt Sniffers Academy. With three locations (Brentwood, Dog Grove and St. Peters) and three certified trainers, a class and/or training session may be exactly what you and your dog need to break this cold snap.

Where were we?

Oh yes, symptoms of cabin fever. Let’s get to the list. And by all means, if you’ve noticed the manifestation of cabin fever in your home, feel free to share your own experiences. In the meantime, here are three scenarios to consider: (more…)

Don’t Be A Bumpus

Some family holiday traditions include dusting off an old record or reading a particular poem. Maybe you hide an elf or break out a special recipe or cozy up to your favorite movie.

At Butt Sniffers Academy, the visions dancing in our heads are those of well-behaved dogs, enjoying the holiday season. And we are here to help make sure Snots doesn’t drink all the tree water or yak on a bone.

We know that your dog is an important part of your family, and the last thing you want to do is sequester a family member when you’re looking forward to some important together time.


Is There Even A Naughty List For Dogs?

Fair question. We posed it to ourselves, so it’s that much harder to argue with. Nonetheless, we wonder.

Are dogs capable of occupying a space on Santa’s Naughty List? Or is there just a comically long parchment scroll of good boys and good girls? Well, fortunately, we’ll have the jolly old elf himself coming to each of our four locations to fill us in.

If you’re interested in posing your pup with Saint Nick, here’s his travel itinerary, courtesy of NORAD.

Dog Grove: Monday,12/3

Hanley: Tuesday, 12/4

South County: Wednesday, 12/5

St. Peters: Thursday, 12/6


Your Dog’s Favorite Website

You probably don’t think to monitor screen time or search the browser history of your four-legged companion. But if you did, and they were computer savvy, there’s a chance this would pop up.

Introducing Gingr, a way to streamline daycare bookings and maintain records for members of our cage-free canine community. Also known as the only bookmark your dog would save.

When you book a daycare appointment through Gingr, we can speed up your check-in time. That means you can drop off faster, and we can play sooner. Everyone wins, especially your dog.

The process is simple, but it does require a little bit of set up.



This Saturday, we’re throwin’ down.

Bring the kids. Bring the dogs. Bring the funk and the noise. From 11am to 3pm, we’ll be celebrating our newest location at 1409 Harvestowne Industrial Court. But don’t forget, we’re open all day for daycare from 8am to 5pm. (Just make sure you dog has completed a Sniff Around and can provide vaccination verification.)

Oh, and Louie will be there. (Word has it he’s searching for a doggy daycare for the youngest addition to the Blues family, Barclay.) He’ll be hi-fiving fans and petting puppies. It’s a great chance to get a photo with the Blues mascot and see how he holds up in our bounce house.

That’s right. The kids are going to have a blast. Between playing, dog “tattoos,” meeting dogs and some good-natured competitions, we have a ton to enjoy in four short hours. And we’ll be selling some special package deals on-site that day: Buy a 5 pack and get a 5 pack free, redeemable only at St. Peters.  You just have to on-site to purchase (no purchases over the phone). We’ll also be doing nail trims for just $5, which are regularly $15.

And the weather is supposed to be perfect. High near 50 with sun and lots of warmth in our brand-new, climate-controlled, 9,750 square-foot play area. (more…)

Helpful Tips For The Big Night

After months of buildup, preparation and planning, it’s finally here. No, not the opening of our brand new 4th location in St. Peters (although we’re pretty excited about that). We’re here to talk about Halloween.

You’ve got you and your furry BFF’s matching costumes, and you’re set for a scare-filled night of fun. But is your dog?

Here’s a hint: your dog’s preparation has little to do with choosing the perfect costume and everything to do with your dog’s state of mind while in that costume.

Our trainer, Laura Pieczynski, is not only adept at helping your dog master his or her behavior, she’s also always happy to share some ideas on keeping them safe. So whether you’re staying in to greet trick or treaters, hitting the pavement to get that candy or just partying it up, here are some tips to keep your pup safe and happy as you celebrate the holiday: (more…)