Progress and advance your canine skills and knowledge with our CPD short courses. These are an exciting visual experience using our unique instructional technical videos, integrated  with 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. Course content includes videos, useful links, learning tracks, downloadable PDFs, templates, workbooks, annotated visuals, quizzes, scripted lessons and free access to our online K9HS Community Group.

On successful completion of the course assignments, an electronic QLS Award certificate 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 utilised 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 can also influence movement. This course is ideal for therapists working with dogs aiming to improve 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.  


“K9HS provided me with a unique learning experience whilst completing my L3 Certificate in Hydrotherapy. The online modules meant that I could study at my own pace, whilst still having the benefit of support via the online forum or email.

The practical days were tailored really well to each students individual needs, being well structured and informative. As a Veterinary Physiotherapist this course built on my existing knowledge without repeating content I was already confident with and, having now achieved my certificate, allows me to add another dimension to rehabilitation plans for my patients!”

– Karen Goodall Veterinary Physiotherapy, South Yorkshire, UK

“The first aid refresher course was a great way to update my first aid knowledge, it was easy to follow and so convenient by being an online course. I really enjoyed it and will definitely use K9HS courses again.”

– Sarah Grimsey, Canine Hydrotherapist at Country Boarding Kennels, UK

“I recently had another brilliant CPD day at K9HS.

Barbara was brilliant and tailored my day around the learning that I wanted to achieve for my own professional development. I learned some new underwater techniques and the clinical reasoning behind those techniques. It was also a very good refresher on Therapeutic Handling and how we can use Therapeutic Showering treatment techniques as part of the hydrotherapy treatment.

I would thoroughly recommend K9HS for anyone wanting gold standard training and I will definitely be booking again.”

– Lynda Lucas Canine Hydrotherapist, Greenstead Green Canine Hydrotherapy, Essex, UK

“A big thank you to Barbara and Sarah who hosted a very informative and personalised CPD day. Currently specialising in veterinary physiotherapy, I plan to broaden my skill set to eventually offer hydrotherapy services and given the fantastic reputation that Barbara and the team have, I wanted to make sure I trained with the best! I wasn’t disappointed!

The day had been carefully planned and tailored to suit my experience, including 1-on-1 tuition which was hugely beneficial. The knowledge and enthusiasm that Barbara has, and kindly shares is phenomenal, a truly inspirational professional! I highly recommend the training provided to anyone of any level, I will certainly be returning to further my experience.”

– Danielle Everett, Veterinary Physiotherapy Services, UK

“ICH First Aid Refresher: This is the first time that I have updated my first aid using an online format as opposed to attending the course in person. The course is extremely user friendly and caters for all different learning styles. The content is delivered through use of slides, graphics, narrated video, downloadable resources and user interaction. The videos delivering the practical elements of the course are very clear with thorough instruction and make it easy to demonstrate the same techniques at home. Personally, bandaging has been a former nemesis of mine, and the videos make it very simple to play back and review when required.

Sometimes it can be difficult to fit a short course in and around clinics and family life but this course you can break down into smaller chunks very easily using the checklists and track your progress. Once completing the course you can widen your knowledge with further reading and also review and make alterations/ introduce protocols for your own clinic/set up. I certainly did not have nearly enough of the recommended items to make a well stocked canine first aid kit.”

– Avril Coleman Veterinary Physiotherapist, BSc(Hons), PgCertSART, MIRVAP(VP)(ICH), Animo, Kent, UK

“I found the short course on Canine Natural Balanced Motion extremely in-depth, comprehensive and well structured – a really enjoyable learning experience with feedback which in itself is so important.

Highly recommend this course.”

 – Jill Gunn, JG Canine Physiotherapy

“K9HS courses have quite simply re-ignited my passion in my work! I have worked as a veterinary nurse and hydrotherapist for many years, and have always felt that there could be better ways of providing therapeutic care; looking at the whole dog, to help achieve comfort physically and emotionally, in the most natural way possible… and this is exactly what Barbara and K9HS Courses have helped me to do.

Having embarked on the L5 Advanced Canine Hydrotherapy Treatment Techniques course, and avidly watched Barbara’s Crowdcast presentations I have been both inspired and empowered to learn more … and more! Barbara’s wealth of knowledge and experience is evident, but the clarity and enthusiasm with which the information is delivered makes learning a pleasure (and may be a bit of an obsession!)

I am now filled with a renewed enthusiasm in my work; K9HS are giving me the knowledge and confidence to offer a far superior therapeutic service to the dogs in my care and the positive results are evident, for the dogs and for my business. Thank you.”

– Helen Rowley Canine Hydrotherapist, RVN; MIRVAP (MT)(ICH), CanineKinetics, Market Drayton, UK

“I completed the level 3 certificate in hydrotherapy with K9HS having worked as a veterinary nurse in a clinic who had recently installed a hydrotherapy pool. The online and distance learning was great as I could complete it at home in Dublin and fit it in around my own working schedule.

The course layout is very clear and although I don’t have the strongest IT skills it was very easy to understand and submit my work. The course content was extremely in-depth and you cover a broad amount of topics from anatomy to administration.

Barbara was always swift to reply with any concerns I had. The practical days were both interactive and enjoyable, it was invaluable meeting such like minded people on the course. It was a great experience and has added valuable knowledge that I apply in everyday work as a nurse.”

– Anna Butterly RVN, canine hydrotherapist, Ireland

“Firstly being a member of IRVAP I was able to do my refresher ICH Canine First Aid course at a discounted rate which is very affordable. I was concerned about missing out on the practical side during these covid times but pleasantly surprised in how the course was delivered.

I was pleased to be able to download and print off all the First Aid booklets from the course which I’ve found a great resource for my clinic. The first aid practical sessions were led with clear concise videos which I could pause and play over and over again to make sure I had carried it out correctly and understood the information.

Putting together a photo story book with directions to each step of the first aid process, really helped reinforce my practical training and I would highly recommend it for all therapists.”

– Tracey J Dempsey, Downward Dog Physiotherapy for Humans and Hounds, Newquay, Cornwall, UK

Look behind the scenes of successful practice

Each course includes free access to our K9HS Courses Group for additional resources, support, conversations and a “behind the scenes” look at canine skills and successful practice.

You can also join Barbara Houlding via live virtual office hours each month, to ask questions  and come away with new insights to help you advance your practice.

Learn from the comfort of your home

All our courses include a series of unique instructional Canine Technical Videos (K9TVs + OneShots) in high definition and are within our bespoke Course Manuals we design for each course. Our Manuals are full of clinical tools, informative script, top clinical tips, video links, downloadable PDFs, case studies, visuals and guided tasks with unlimited access.

Our in-person courses have practical Modules at K9HS, Suffolk providing you with an exceptional training experience. We also have our satellite centres at AB, Hinckley, Leicestershire, K9 Aqua Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand and a linked practice in Ireland.

K9HS is an SEG Awards approved centre granted with “direct claims status” 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 are designed to be super convenient and fit 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. 


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