K9 courses & clinical CPD skills training

We proactively help improve dogs lives by providing exciting training pathways to optimise the mobility and function of dogs.

Our CPD courses and K9 Therapy Hub are perfect to advance clinical skills and have active support along your career journey.


We help you advance your canine skills to optimise the wellbeing of the dogs in your professional care, wherever you are. Choose from our Ofqual regulated courses, endorsed QLS and IRVAP accredited courses and high quality canine CPD courses.




These courses are perfect for therapists to advance their canine clinical skills. This exciting online experience includes our innovative instructional technical videos, scripted lessons, downloadable PDFs, templates, workbooks, quizzes and unlimited access to our online K9HS Community. All courses are certificated on successful completion of the assignment. This high quality CPD is recognised by all professional associations.

Award in Canine First Aid + Heath Checks 

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 check skills. This aims to be proactive and keep dogs safe in professional practice. Fully preparing for action in challenging clinical situations or an emergency, ensures the best care for dogs and owners.

Award in Canine Clinic Enrichment Techniques

QLS Level 5 – 20 course hours

Clinic enrichment techniques are invaluable when working with dogs requiring therapeutic interventions within a clinical setting. The significant correlation between enrichment and the dog’s natural balanced stance and motion, leads to improvement of the dog’s active participation and focus in clinic.

Award in Canine Therapeutic Handling Techniques

QLS Level 5 – 20 course hours

Canine therapeutic handling techniques are a transformational holistic method for working with dogs in a clinical setting. This includes a wide range of techniques to build a trusted professional bond with each dog, so the therapist can successfully interact with the dog in an active, proprioceptively enriched and connected way.  

Award in Canine Natural Balanced Motion

QLS Level 6 – 20 course hours

This course is perfect for therapists working with dogs aiming to significantly improve canine natural balance, motion and function, leading to happy, healthy dogs. This courses explores canine functional anatomy, biomechanics, gait, breed biology and canine behaviours and their impact on clinical technique choices. 

Award in Canine Hydrotherapy Water Management

QLS Level 3 – 12 course hours

This is a great refresher course for therapists to update their canine water management skills. Achieving high quality balanced and safe water is essential. Effective problem solving and finding solutions for complex challenges is key for canine hydrotherapy water management quality assurance.


 Certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy

Level 3

This Ofqual regulated SEG Awards 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 provide 48 hours of practical training, on a one to one or small group basis. 

We divide the course into 2 modules – Module 1 is our online course and Module 2 is the face to face practical training delivered in the UK or abroad with specialist instructors.  

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.

Advance your techniques and expand your “Therapeutic Toolbox” to provide more choices for your complex cases. You build your award one unit at a time, choose the topic you wish to study and the pace you prefer.

We divide each unit into 2 modules – Module 1 is our online course and Module 2 is our face to face 2 day practical Masterclass in Suffolk, to advance your clinical skills.

Who we are

We’re a small 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 K9 Therapy Hub include a range of videos, plus our unique instructional videos in high definition – K9TV’s and OneShot videos.

Our expansive online resources include annotated visuals, videos, tutorials, workbooks, informative script, downloadable PDFs, case studies, articles, quizzes and guided tasks.

Our in-person training and practical Masterclasses are supported by our innovative online Practical Training Hub, 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 courses 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 K9 Therapy Hub is perfect for therapists wishing to advance their clinical skills. It’s packed full of accredited CPD micro, bitesize, mini and short courses, plus an amazing Template Toolbox, Video Box and Artcle + Journals section. 


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!”