Accredited canine courses & CPD for  therapists

Innovative learning choices to advance knowledge and clinical skills through gold-standard training, both online and in-person, to guarantee career progression and help improve dogs lives.


Using the latest technology, we bring you a suite of canine hydrotherapy Ofqual regulated courses, SEG ABC Awards QLS endorsed courses and accredited canine CPD. Our online and in person training is perfect to achieve certification and career progression wherever you are.



Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy

Level 3

This Ofqual regulated SEG Awards ABC L3 Certificate is the industry recognised qualification in canine hydrotherapy. To achieve your award you need to complete 10 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 your specific needs, including 2 practical Modules with 48 hours of practical training. 

Our online Course Manual, is full of resources which include our Canine Technical Videos (K9TVs), video links, scripted information, visuals, downloadable PDFs and tutorials.

Aquatic Treadmill Masterclass

Our endorsed Masterclass aims to advance your clinical skills.

This includes a 1-day Practical Masterclass exploring current advanced techniques integrated to our bespoke online Course Manual.

This includes our instructional Canine Technical Videos (K9TVs) and a wealth of resources.

Plus you can choose to complete the new Aquatic Treadmill Unit [F/617/ 6401], part of the L3 Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy, as an optional bonus.

Our Practical Masterclass has 2 attendees with 2 physiotherapist instructors and we customise the day to specifically fit your needs.

Diploma in Canine Hydrotherapy


This NEW Ofqual regulated SEG Awards ABC qualification is perfect if you wish to progress your hydrotherapy practice from your Level 3 qualification and study advanced treatment techniques.

You can build your award one unit at a time to achieve your 37 units, in the order and time frame you choose, or you can select one unit as a stand alone CPD course to meet your professional requirements.

The course includes specialist practical training and a unique online Course Manual packed full of instructional Canine Technical Videos (K9TVs).

Advanced Canine Hydrotherapy Treatment Techniques


This ABC Awards QLS endorsed online course is perfect for therapists in practice wishing to further advance their hydrotherapy treatment techniques.

Our bespoke online Course Manual is packed full of instructional Canine Technical Videos (K9TV’) demonstrating advanced techniques step by step and includes case studies, video links, clinical tools, downloadable PDFs, written information and guided practical tasks.

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



Canine Natural Balanced Motion

QLS Level 6: 10 hours of study in 7 seminars.

Empower your canine clinical skills and explore how the canine proprioceptive system can positively influence efficient and natural balanced motion and stance in the dog. Examine the impact of this in different breeds, canine biomechanics, functional anatomy and gait.  Ideal for therapists, trainers and those working with dogs.

Covers canine breeds + biomechanics, canine functional anatomy, canine proprioceptive system, canine muscle power, canine gait and gait patterns.

Therapeutic Handling Techniques for Canine Therapists

QLS Level 4: 6 hours of study in 4 seminars.

Canine Therapeutic Handling (TH) is an essential clinical skill for therapists. TH concepts embrace a perspective of working with the dog to build a professional bond of active engagement, focus and trust. This is a highly proprioceptive way to practice and achieves great results. It includes our instructional Canine Technical Videos (K9TVs).

Covers Therapeutic Handling techniques, canine behaviours in a clinical setting, Therapeutic Lead work and techniques, Therapeutic harness choices to achieve canine natural balanced motion and postures.

Clinic Enrichment Techniques for Canine Therapists

QLS Level 4: 6 hours of study in 4 seminars.

Offers an integrated package of clinical skills and information exploring Clinic Enrichment techniques and strategies (part of canine Movement Enrichment techniques) in the clinical setting. Examine it’s positive impact on your canine therapeutic work and includes our unique instructional Canine Technical Videos (K9TVs).

Covers canine Clinic Enrichment concepts, canine proprioceptive system, Clinic Enrichment treatment techniques, canine Clinic Enrichment  + pain management.

ICH Canine Water Management Refresher

QLS Level 4: 6 hours of study in 6 seminars.   

Offers you the perfect balance of skills and information to ensure you meet the needs of your canine hydrotherapy service. Includes our instructional Canine Technical Videos (K9TVs).

Covers UK legal framework, biosecurity + infection control, plant processes + Risk Assessment, chemicals + Risk Assessment, water testing, good practice, problem solving and top tips. 

ICH Canine First Aid Refresher

QLS Level 3: 6 hours of study in 5 seminars.

Perfect to review and update your first aid knowledge to keep dogs safe and expand your skills and confidence to take appropriate action in any emergency. Includes our instructional Canine Technical Videos (K9TVs).

Covers canine first aid, first aid assessment, CPR, first aid box information and bandaging techniques.

ICH Canine Health Checks Refresher

QLS Level 3: 6 hours of study in 5 seminars.

Ideal to expand your canine health checks knowledge and skills to monitor and action essential checks for the dogs in your professional care. Includes our instructional Canine Technical Videos (K9TVs).

Covers Canine Therapeutic Handling, top tips for healthy eyes, nose + ears, health checks of heart rate, femoral pulse + body condition, health check of paws, pads + nails, canine water intoxication.

Canine First Aid + Health Checks

QLS Level 3: 12 hours of study in 9 seminars.

This short course offers you the perfect balance of key skills and information to ensure you can offer the best care for the wonderful dogs in your life. Essential canine first aid skills integrated with a range of canine health checks and top tips for their day to day care.

Covers canine First Aid, canine CPR, canine first aid box information, health checks of heart rate, femoral pulse + body condition, top tips for healthy eyes, ears, nose + teeth, health check of paws, pads + nails and canine water intoxication. 

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 hydrotherapy and physiotherapy?

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 therapists on their career journey and share advanced practice 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 career pathway by offering you  choices of different courses and canine CPD to progress your practice.

Look behind the scenes of successful practice

All our our registrants have free access to our online K9HS Community Group. 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 CPD training include our instructional Canine Technical Videos (K9TVs) and Clinical Tools Videos in high definition. These informative videos are found in our online Course Manuals as well as in our Canine CPD Resource Library.

Our online Manuals are full of clinical skills, informative script, top clinical tips, K9TV’s, video links, downloadable PDFs, case studies, visuals, workbooks and guided tasks.

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

Practical training is based at K9HS, Suffolk and at our two satellite centres; Active Balance, Hinckley, Leicestershire and K9 Aqua Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand. Plus we have a linked practice for Clinical Placements in Cork, Ireland.

K9HS is a SEG -ABC Awards approved centre granted with “direct claims status”. This is due to our continual achievement of being identified repeatedly as outstanding and excellent in all areas. We wish to share our successes with you.

Our online Manuals and Practical Training Hubs are flexible and super convenient, fitting around both work and home commitments. There are no additional costs for travel, hotels, resources, or course materials and no worries about being away from your busy practice, as everything is provided for you at your fingertips. 

Our NEW Canine CPD Resource Library is packed full of canine resources and perfect for therapists to dip in and out of to expand their knowledge from a clinical perspective. 

Meet Barbara Houlding

As an accredited clinical educator, lecturer, canine physiotherapist and advanced hydrotherapist, I help canine therapists realise their development potential to advance their practice.

My vision is to positively support and mentor canine centred therapists who care for dogs. I am passionate about helping you discover opportunities for growth and success, whether you’re new to this industry or an experienced therapist.

I believe in sharing advanced clinical skills and assist you in making every therapeutic touch count, as it’s always about the dog!

Want to learn something new? Get in touch!