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.

Molly has been with The Watering Bowl for four years. She always knew she wanted to train dogs, but first she needed to get trained herself. So, she took it upon herself to follow her passion, become certified and join our team.

She tailors her approach to the unique relationship between each dog and their owner, and she says, “I like that a lot of the dogs we train also come for daycare, and I can get to know their personalities a lot more. This makes it much easier to make suggestions for their training.”

We couldn’t agree more. The ability to observe always informs training sessions whether it’s a Stay & Train, class or in-home session.

Now meet: Tyler

For Tyler, the BSA difference is, “We understand that dog training is a lifestyle, not an event.” It’s a commitment to a way of doing things and an agreement between dog and owner to communicate and interact a certain way.

When you understand how Tyler found his calling, it’s very fitting. “I was inspired to become a trainer because I needed a therapeutic outlet to recover from a back injury. Dogs got me moving when I didn’t want to move. They made me smile when I didn’t feel like there was anything to smile about. Plus each dog challenged my mind in different ways, which took my mind off the pain.”

He goes on to explain, “Helping dogs lead more balanced and full lives is the least I can do to repay them.”

Last but not least, here’s Laura.

Laura maintains a “No-Judgment Zone.” We’ve all been there. Dogs and humans don’t always communicate effectively, but that’s nothing to be embarrassed about. That’s why we offer training.

Like our other trainers, Laura utilizes the LIMA approach, short for Least Intrusive Minimally Aversive. She starts with positive training to learn more about the pet as well as the person and customizes her regiment accordingly.

In Laura’s words, “I love watching the light bulbs go off for people as they learn why their dogs do what they do and how to manager them better.”

In addition to her CPDT-KA certification, she is also a certified AKC Canine Good Citizen and Trick Dog Evaluator. And she sees the strength of having three full-time trainers on staff to learn from each other—and each other’s pupils.

If you’re interested in our classes and/or individual dog training offerings, we encourage you to call any of our three BSA Campuses.

Dog Grove: 314.328.2505

Brentwood: 314.647.3647

St. Peters: 636.486.2606