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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.

Treats Unleashed and Dogs Unleashed

It was only a matter of time before two local companies, who mutually shun leashes, would come together for the betterment of St. Louis dogs.

That’s exactly what happened when we decided to begin a fun partnership with Treats Unleashed. If you’re not familiar with them and their products, check out that link back in the last sentence. Or continue reading.


New Year’s Eve Ball

While you’re out partying on New Year’s Eve, we’ll be throwing a party of our own.

Now, you might ask, do dogs know it’s New Year’s Eve? Or, is it one of seven New Year’s eves they celebrate throughout the year? Or, isn’t every night of dog boarding at The Watering Bowl pretty much like New Year’s Eve. (more…)

Doggy Dones for Stray Rescue

Just in time for the holiday season, Doggy Dones are coming to The Watering Bowl. And they’re more than delicious. Much more.

This limited run is being dedicated to Stray Rescue of St. Louis. Our good friends over there do amazing work, and recently they’ve been blindsided with an outbreak of distemper that has claimed the lives of over 20 dogs.


Staff Spotlight: Hope Retter

Hope Retter is allergic to dogs.

That might explain why she only has four of them and loves working at The Watering Bowl. But somehow, we think the explanation has more to do with her love for our four-legged clientele that happens to be so big that it spills over onto canvas. And paper and the walls of TWB. (more…)

Soldier: An Adoptober Success Story

You might recognize Soldier. He was the first dog featured in our “Pet of the Week” adoption feature during our Adoptober partnership with the Animal Protective Association.

And—wait, hang on. This just in: he was almost immediately adopted and now his name is Rocco.


Adoptober: Was A Success

Way back in October, also known as last month, we celebrated Adopt A Rescue Dog month. But we didn’t just celebrate with the usual balloons and encourage others to adopt deserving dogs.

Instead, we did some adopting of our own.


Tracy’s Free Online Academy: Positive Reinforcement

By Tracy Pritchard, Dean of Butt Sniffers Academy

Positive Reinforcement training has become very popular in recent years because of its “dog friendly” approach. Though many humans find it undesirable because of the need to carry food or some sort of reward, one factor that doesn’t seem to be resonating with people is that positive reinforcement is not a training style.

It’s not?

No. It’s a life style.   (more…)

BSA Free Online Courses: Demonstrating Value by Tracy Pritchard

Welcome to a new series from the dean of Butt Sniffers Academy, Tracy Pritchard. Tracy understands that training dogs often means helping their humans understand and communicate with their pups. BSA Free Online Courses are geared toward the two-legged part of the training equation. With deep insight and actionable advice, Tracy aims to help you supplement your dog’s curriculum.

This installation from Dean Pritchard explains how important it is to demonstrate your value to your dog.


When we think of dog training we don’t put a whole lot of thought into making ourselves a powerful source in the dog’s life. We take for granted our value in our relationship with our dogs. We forget or have never thought about the fact that dogs are incapable of putting it in to perspective how much we love them and that everything we do is to provide for them.

They don’t think about how much money we spend on food/treats, or the hours spent shopping to find the perfect toy because, as their human, we are concerned about their entertainment. (more…)

Why Canine Influenza Matters

Ask just about any PR person, and they might tell you it’s a bad idea to associate your company with a potential issue that hasn’t even hit.

Yet that’s exactly what we’re doing.

The reason is simple—we want your dog to be safe when staying at The Watering Bowl.

We have had exactly zero cases of canine influenza (CIV) reported at The Watering Bowl. And we plan to keep it that way.