canine courses & CPD skills training

Helping improve dogs lives by providing therapists, owners, and those working with dogs, exciting choices on how to advance their canine skills and care.


We offer a range of Ofqual regulated courses, approved, endorsed courses and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) skills training, both online and in person. We aim to empower your choices to progress your canine skills and health care for dogs, wherever you are.



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 two practical Modules with 48 hours of practical training, on a one to one or small group basis. 

Our online bespoke Course Manual, is packed full of resources, including our own series of instructional videos, video links, scripted information, annotated visuals, downloadable PDF and tutorials.

Aquatic Treadmill Masterclass


 Our Masterclass aims to advance your clinical skills and support your clinical reasoning. It includes a 1-Day Practical Masterclass exploring current advanced techniques integrated to our bespoke online Course Manual.

This multi format Manual includes a our instructional Canine Technical Videos (K9TVs + OneShots) and a wealth of other resources.

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

Our Practical Masterclass has 2 course registrants working with 2  instructors and we customise the day to specifically fit your needs.

Diploma in Canine Hydrotherapy


This Ofqual regulated SEG Awards qualification is perfect to advance your hydrotherapy service from the Level 3 qualification. 

Exploring advanced assessment and treatment techniques, will expand your “Therapeutic Toolbox” and provide you with more choices for complex cases.

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 advance your practice.

The course includes advanced practical training through a unique online Course Manual packed full of instructional Canine Technical Videos supported with multi format resources.

Advanced Canine 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 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 Advanced Certificate in Advanced Canine Hydrotherapy Treatment Techniques.



Canine Natural Balanced Motion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 physiotherapy, rehabilitation, hydrotherapy and canine 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 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 series of unique instructional 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 detailed clinical skills, informative script, top clinical tips, our video series of K9TV’s, video links, downloadable PDFs, case studies, visuals, workbooks and guided tasks.

Our in-person training and practical Masterclasses are supported by our new 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 Awards approved centre granted with “direct claims status”. This is due to our continual achievement of attaining “outstanding” and “excellent” in all areas and we wish to share our successes with you.

Our online Manuals and Practical Training Hubs 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 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, I help those working with dogs advance their canine skills and practice.

My vision is to positively support and mentor dog focussed individuals. I am passionate about helping find solutions and providing amazing opportunities for growth and success in the canine field you work in. Whether you are experienced or new to dogs, as a practitioner, therapist, owner or trainer.

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

Want to learn something new? Get in touch!