canine courses & CPD skills training

We proactively help improve dogs lives. Our courses provide exciting pathways to progress techniques which optimise canine mobility, function and healthcare.

Our courses and CPD membership are perfect for canine therapists wishing to advance clinical skills and have active support on their career journey.


We offer a range of Ofqual regulated courses, endorsed QLS courses, IRVAP accredited courses and high quality Continuing Professional Development (CPD) skills training, both online and in person. This progression gives you choices on how you wish to advance your canine skills and optimise the wellbeing of the dogs in your professional care, wherever you are.




Progress and advance your canine skills and knowledge with our short courses. These are an exciting visual experience using our innovative instructional technical videos, integrated with detailed scripted information and clinical resources.

Our online training utilises the Thinkific learning platform and offers you a multiformat style, which is easy to navigate and use. Our content includes videos, useful links, learning tracks, downloadable PDFs, templates, workbooks, annotated visuals, scripted lessons, quizzes and unlimited access to our online K9HS Community Group.

On successful completion of the course assignment, an electronic QLS Award certificate of achievement is issued to you.

Award in Canine First Aid, Wellbeing + Healthcare COMING SOON

At QLS Level 4 – 20 course hours

Perfect for dog owners and dog carers working with dogs. This unique course explores how to be proactive towards canine wellbeing and the physical health of dogs. It includes an in-depth journey of current canine first aid so you are up-to-date and skilled.

Optimising each dog’s wellbeing is important for their overall health. This section of the course covers enrichment techniques, exercise advice, health checks and healthcare topics such as grooming, choice of harnesses, collars, coats, beds and so much more.

Advance your decision making and canine skills supported by sound knowledge. Achieve this by reviewing the latest on how to provide the best canine care, as well as understand how to take appropriate action in a possible canine emergency.

 The online courses below are perfect for therapists working with dogs and provide an exciting multi-resourced format to review and advance clinical skills. They are recognised by professional associations and provide high quality Continuing Professional Development hours of training and study. 

Award in Canine First Aid + Heath Checks 

At QLS Level 3 – 18 course hours

This CPD refresher course is ideal for therapists to review, update and advance their canine first aid and health status knowledge. This aims to be proactive and keep dogs safe in professional practice.

Advancing knowledge linked to canine therapeutic skills, empowers clinical decision making during assessment and treatment sessions. By fully preparing the actions in a challenging clinical situation or emergency, ensures the best care for the dogs and owners.

Award in Canine Clinic Enrichment Techniques

At QLS Level 5 – 20 course hours

Clinic enrichment techniques are part of canine movement enrichment and a holistic approach to working with dogs requiring therapeutic interventions within a clinical setting. These techniques have a very high rating of proprioception value for the dog, as they positively influence the integrated canine brain mapping of functional anatomy, biomechanics and behaviours. This leads to improvement of the dog’s active participation and confidence in clinic.

There is a significant correlation between positive canine behaviour modification and enrichment, with the dog’s natural balanced postures, stance and motion. Clinic enrichment techniques are invaluable as a stand alone treatment approach, or can fully integrate with other techniques to offer a “best fit” programme for each dog.

Award in Canine Therapeutic Handling Techniques

At QLS Level 5 – 20 course hours

Canine therapeutic handling techniques are part of canine movement enrichment. This transformational holistic method working with dogs in a clinical setting is a stand alone approach and can be used to fully integrate the clinically reasoned therapeutic treatment pathway. It’s a system of practice to build a trusted professional bond with each dog, so the therapist can successfully interact and work with their canine client in an active and connected way. It’s a highly proprioceptive enriched method and achieves great results, improving dog’s lives. 

This system is a fusion of Therapeutic Touch, canine body awareness, Neurodevelopmental Key Points of Control, Movement Shaping techniques, therapeutic lead work and sensorimotor strategies. 

Award in Canine Natural Balanced Motion

At QLS Level 6 – 20 course hours

Empower your canine skills to improve each dog’s natural balanced stance and motion. Advancing knowledge of the canine proprioceptive system and how this can positively influence efficient canine natural balanced motion is essential for professionals working with dogs.

Explore how canine biomechanics, functional anatomy and canine gait are interlinked and impact the dog’s daily life, no matter what their breed, age, role or personality. Breed biology and canine behaviours also impact a dog’s movement. This course is ideal for therapists working with dogs aiming to improve canine movement and function, leading to happy, healthy dogs.

Explores canine breeds + biomechanics, canine functional anatomy, canine proprioceptive system, canine muscle power, canine gait, motor sequences and gait patterns.

Award in Canine Hydrotherapy Water Management

At QLS Level 3 – 12 course hours    

Offers therapists utilising hydrotherapy and aquatic therapy a great refresher of current canine water management skills. Reviewing and advancing skills, procedures and protocols in water management is essential for consistent safe and efficient practice.

Achieving high quality balanced water is an art and science. By utilising the best infection control strategies, ensures confidence in centre management and raises the business profile to a centre of excellence.

Advance problem solving strategies for complex challenges to achieve the optimum conditions for high quality water and safe clinical practice required for a canine hydrotherapy service.

Explores biosecurity and infection controls, legal and professional requirements, plant and centre design, water testing, effective chemicalisation and problem solving for good practice


Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy

Level 3

This Ofqual regulated SEG Certificate is the industry recognised qualification in canine hydrotherapy.

To achieve your award you need to successfully complete 10 of the 12 units, totalling 300 guided learning hours.

Our flexible, modular course is ideal for veterinary professionals as well as those new to the sector. We ensure our training fits you and provide 48 hours of practical training, on a one to one or small group basis. 

Module 1 is our bespoke online manual, packed full of resources, including our instructional videos, video links, scripted information, annotated visuals, downloadable PDF and tutorials.

Module 2 is the face to face practical training experience delivered in the UK and abroad with specialist instructors.

This is supported by our innovation online Practical Training Hubs and personal mentoring programme to assist you each step of the way. 

Diploma in Canine Hydrotherapy


The Diploma is an Ofqual regulated SEG Awards qualification for therapists to progress their skills from the Level 3 Certificate qualification. 

Exploring advanced assessment and treatment techniques, expands your “Therapeutic Toolbox” and provides more choices for complex cases.

You build your award one unit at a time to achieve the required 37 credits for the Diploma. You choose your Unit topic and pace of study.

Each Unit topic can also be selected as a stand alone CPD course to advance your canine hydrotherapy skills and provide CPD hours.

Our duo modular format includes an online manual full of instructional canine technical videos along with multi format resources.

The practical experience is delivered through a face to face 2 day practical Masterclass per Unit topic, supported with our bespoke online Practical Training Hub. 

Advanced Certificate in Hydrotherapy Treatment Techniques


This endorsed online course is perfect for therapists in practice wishing to continue their career journey and further advance their hydrotherapy treatment techniques.

Our online manual is full of our unique detailed instructional canine technical videos, demonstrating techniques step by step. We provide a wide range of multi resources, including case studies, video links, clinical tools, downloadable PDFs, templates, written information, guided tasks and annotated visuals.

You can complete a single unit for your CPD requirements or build your 6 units at your pace to achieve your Advanced Certificate.

Full of Canine Movement Enrichment techniques including Therapeutic Handling and Clinic Enrichment, which have a high proprioceptive rating value to improve a dog’s natural balanced stance, postures, motion and functional capabilities.  

Who we are

We’re a team of passionate canine physiotherapists looking to make complex topics and training more accessible through online and in-person training.

Listening to David Attenborough’s eloquent words as I watched a determined male Sloth swim across the water in order to find his future mate in high-definition detail, I jumped up and had an “a-ha” moment.

I was watching Blue Planet on the BBC and wondered to myself,

How could we bring this kind of beautiful immersive learning to canine physiotherapy, rehabilitation, hydrotherapy and health care?

The music, visuals and “story telling” narration took the observer on a journey of learning which was totally absorbing and gripping; I was immediately inspired.  What if we could make canine clinical training feel like an episode of Blue Planet?

How could we reach those working with dogs and share skills in this mindful and heartfelt way? While we’re no David Attenborough, and we certainly don’t have a BBC budget, all of our training has been created with your learning experience in mind.

We’re a team of dog-loving humans behind the screen, aiming to bring you an online training experience unlike any you may have taken before. We help you advance your canine skills by offering you great choices of different courses and canine CPD study.

Look behind the scenes of successful practice

All our our course registrants have free unlimited access to our online K9HS Community. This provides additional resources, conversations and a behind the scenes look at what it takes to build, grow and  achieve long term successful practice.

Join Barbara Houlding via live virtual office hours, so you can ask questions and come away with new insights.

Barbara ran an exceptional workshop here in New Zealand for a group of our Veterinary Physiotherapists from NZAVPA (the New Zealand Animal and Veterinary Physiotherapy Association). Barbara overflows with her anatomical, functional biomechanical and neuromotor knowledge, her vast wealth of experience and contagious enthusiasm whilst always making sure the animal’s welfare and best interest is at the centre of all that she does, whether that’s teaching or in her own practice.

We experienced some very positive and deeply emotionally charged connections and interactions with our demo dogs as Barbara taught us her canine Therapeutic Handling techniques.

We hope she comes back to New Zealand again soon!
Sarah Cruickshank, MScVetPhys, BHSc (Physiotherapy), MPNZ, ACPAT Cat A (Overseas), MCSP, HCPC, Chair NZAVPA
Director Vetphysio Ltd & VSA Physio
Principal Veterinary Physiotherapist

Learn from the comfort of your home

All our courses and canine CPD membership include our series of unique instructional videos in high definition – K9TV’s and OneShot videos.

Our diverse online resources include videos, clinical skills and tools instruction, informative script, downloadable PDFs, case studies, annotated visuals, video links, articles, workbooks, quizzes and guided tasks.

Our in-person training and practical Masterclasses are supported by our innovative online Practical Training Hubs, with unlimited 3 months access during your face to face “hands on” training.

Practical training is based at K9HS, Suffolk as well as at our 3 satellite centres –

1. Active Balance, Hinckley, Leicestershire, UK

2. The Canine Clinic, Cork, Ireland

3. K9 Aqua Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand

K9HS is a SEG Awards approved centre granted with “direct claims status” as we  continually achieve grading of “outstanding” and “excellent” in all areas. We wish to share our successes with you.

Our online courses and CPD membership are flexible, super convenient and fit around both your work and home commitments. There are no additional costs for travel, course materials or worries about being away from your busy practice, as everything is provided for you at your fingertips. 

Our NEW Canine CPD Membership is packed full of canine bitesize mini-courses and CPD resources, perfect for therapists wishing to advance their therapeutic skills. 


Meet Barbara Houlding

As an accredited clinical educator, I help those working with dogs advance their canine skills and practice.

My vision is to positively support and mentor dog focused individuals. I am passionate about helping find solutions and providing exciting opportunities for growth and success in the canine field you work in. Whether you are experienced or new to working with dogs, our community consists of a world wide group of like minded individuals who are all about the dog! LINK – Barbara’s Story

I believe in working with each dog and their consent, using clinical reasoning to make every therapeutic touch count!”

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