PROGRESSing your canine Skills

Advance your clinical experiences, confidence, skills and techniques, with support. We work with you and provide a range of choices to find your best fit.

We offer canine hydrotherapy Ofqual courses, accredited CPD membership, bespoke practical Masterclasses & online clinical skills Training Hubs.

Passionate about healthy, happy dogs

We are delighted to be a part of your canine journey, whether you are new or experienced with dogs. Working together we explore and share clinical skills, techniques and knowledge and pledge to support you. Your success is our success, which means healthy, happy dogs!

Meet Barbara Houlding

I’m committed to finding solutions through sharing clinical skills supported by sound knowledge, to help you advance your canine skills.

My vision is to provide high quality training choices and foster a positive and friendly network promoting the very best healthcare for the wonderful dogs we see. 

I’m passionate about helping you discover opportunities to build valuable connections with the dogs in your life and sharing techniques to make every therapeutic touch count.  

Credentials – LINK – Barbara’s Story

  • First UK Accredited Clinical Educator in veterinary physiotherapy (awarded by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy)
  • 10 years experience as an accredited clinical educator, lecturer, assistant examiner  at the Royal Veterinary College on their Postgraduate Masters in Veterinary Physiotherapy (level 7)
  • Co-Course Director for the Nottingham Veterinary School’s Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert level 7) in Small Animal Rehabilitation
  • Designed, taught and examined the canine component of the ACPAT Core Knowledge and Skills course
  • International speaker and instructor in canine physiotherapy, rehabilitation and hydrotherapy
  • Presented with the Canine Hydrotherapy Association (CHA) Award in 2017 for outstanding services to the UK hydrotherapy industry
  • Chartered Physiotherapist and Veterinary Physiotherapist with 40 years clinical experience
  • Current Chair of the Institute of Registered Veterinary and Animal Physiotherapists (IRVAP) and it’s sub group; the Institute of Canine Hydrotherapists (ICH).


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 learning.

Listening to David Attenborough’s eloquent words as I watched a male Sloth struggle to swim across 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 skills training feel like an episode of Blue Planet?

How could we reach those who shared our passion for 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 choices of different courses and canine CPD to help the dogs in your life.


Learn from the comfort of your home

We keep developing a catalogue of unique instructional Canine Technical Videos (K9TVs + OneShot Videos) found in our courses and CPD membership. 

Our online content is an exciting multi-format, packed full of clinical tools, informative script, clinical tools and skills instruction, video links, downloadable PDFs, case studies, visuals, workbooks, quizzes and guided tasks.

Our face to face practical training and Masterclasses provide you with an exceptional learning experience. These are supported by our online Practical Training Hubs you have access to for 3 months around your booked face to face and “hands on” training.

Practical training is based at K9HS Courses, Suffolk and also at our 3 satellite centres –

1. Active Balance, Hinckley, Leicestershire, UK

2. The Canine Clinic, Cork, County Cork, Ireland

3. K9 Aqua Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand

K9HS is a SEG 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 courses and CPD membership are innovative and flexible, as well as being super convenient, fitting around both your 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.  

Want to learn something new? Get in touch!