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If you have a passion to work with dogs, want to help them live their best quality of life and are a continuous learner, then you have what it takes to be a Canine Hydrotherapist.



Are you ready to start your new life as a Canine Hydrotherapist?

Are you a facility owner looking for an easy &
cost effective way to train your employees?

As facility owners, we know that having qualified, educated staff is critical in running a professional, safe and compassionate canine hydrotherapy facility. 

More and more people have decided to make dogs a part of their lives, especially throughout the COVID 19 pandemic. The demand for veterinary care and rehabilitation for our pets has increased along side it. 

The need for hydrotherapy services is also rapidly growing and with it the need for qualified canine hydrotherapists.

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The Canine Ripples Foundational Online Training will provide you with the knowledge and skill to help you to become a professional and competent Canine Hydrotherapist.

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Price:   $1499.00 CAD
plus applicable tax if residing in Canada


What you'll find in the course

We have a strong desire to ensure the highest level of professionalism in this fast growing industry. It's our mission to provide quality training that meets the high standard of education needed to begin a career as a canine hydrotherapist.

Our course reflects the accumulation of years of operating a successful hydrotherapy business and providing hydrotherapy training programs to hundreds of students.


This course is aimed at those that:

  • wish to start a canine hydrotherapy business

  • join a team at an existing facility

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The course consists of:

  • Thirteen Online Learning Modules

  • Final Assessment

  • Resource Page

  • A Guide to Opening a Canine Hydrotherapy Pool

  • Zoom Consultation Call 

  • Online Support

Shelby and Jamie

1: Hydrotherapy Overview

Get a good understanding of: What Canine Hydrotherapy is, why it's beneficial, who is it for, how it's done and where it happens.


2: Hydrotherapy in Practice


Discover what consists of a "typical day" as a hydrotherapist, everything from:


  • setting up and conducting swim sessions

  • client relations

  • operational activities

  • complimentary services

  • other modalities


dog swimming

3: Properties of Water

Learn the key aspects of the properties of water such as buoyancy, hydrostatic pressure, viscosity, resistance, temperature and how to use them to your benefit.

Jen's pool

4: Pools, Underwater Treadmills & Equipment

We'll explore the various types of pools used in canine hydrotherapy, as well as the important features of underwater treadmills.  You'll learn about filter systems, sanitation and the equipment needed for a safe canine hydrotherapy facility.  

Pool training

5: Water Management


Get the basics on how to manage and operate your pool so that you can achieve and maintain good, safe water quality.


6: Anatomy & Physiology


Here you'll learn about the common behaviours you'll experience while swimming dogs. Knowing these allow you to quickly establish trust and ensure safety for you and the dog. 

Learning hind end techniques

7: Common Conditions


The most common conditions you'll encounter as a hydrotherapist are presented as well as the swim protocols and the benefits that can be achieved with hydrotherapy. 


8: Canine Psychology


Here you'll learn about the common behaviours you'll experience while swimming dogs. Knowing these allow you to quickly establish trust and ensure safety for you and the dog. 

Enjoying a massage

9: Canine Equipment


You'll explore the various equipment used in hydrotherapy. We take an in depth look at life jackets and harnesses, as well as other equipment dogs use in the pool and underwater treadmill. 


10: Underwater Treadmill Handling Techniques

Here you'll learn about your role as a hydrotherapist while using the UWT.  We will show you the basic techniques and the importantant features that are used based on the dog's need, such as the speed and water level.

Sofie and Taunia

11: Pool Handling Techniques


Learn the various handling techniques used in canine hydrotherapy and how to determine which technique to use, based on the dog's needs, their condition and type of pool that you have.

Lead demonstration

12: Designing a Hydrotherapy 

Learn to design a dog's hydrotherapy program. We'll cover what a swim session consists of from start to finish and how to record their progress in reaching their goals.

Ear Rubs

13: Bodywork and Relaxation Techniques


We'll look at some of the basic bodywork techniques that you can do in the pool. You'll learn about Floats and Canine Watsu as well as some other relaxation techniques that can be done between sets or during the cool down phase of the swim session..

Also included:

Online Support


A full-time support team provides answers to all of your course questions plus any technical questions via email, Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm EST.

Guide to Opening a Canine Hydrotherapy Pool


If you are contemplating owning your own canine hydrotherapy pool facility, this is an invaluable tool. It covers everything from start up planning to preparations for opening day.  It's full of advice, experiences, references and is our complimentary gift to you.

Learning leading techniques

Price:   $1499.00 CAD
plus applicable tax if residing in Canada



There are no prerequisites required as you'll be learning everything needed to become a professional hydrotherapist throughout the online modules. The course includes all the fundamentals and theory found in this amazing field of canine hydrotherapy.


Time to Complete


Students have access to the course for six months. The course will take approximately three months to complete if studying five hours a week. This leaves time for review and the opportunity to repeat any or all of the modules over as many times as desired.


Upon completion of the online modules and successfully passing the final assessment, students are awarded a Certificate of Completion.


This certificate represents the knowledge and skill attained by students throughout our course. It’s a certificate that has gained strong recognition and exceptional reputation among professionals in the field.

Kailyn with her certificate

We recommend researching the laws and regulations in your area. You may find there is not an official licensing body that governs canine therapies such as hydrotherapy or massage therapy. Your certificate from Canine Ripples shows that you have achieved a greater degree of knowledge and professionalism in the field of canine hydrotherapy.

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All canine hydrotherapists must only perform hydrotherapy under a veterinarian's recommendation and approval. 
We must all work within our scope of practice. Veterinarians diagnose the dog's condition. Our job is to help facilitate healing according to the dog's treatment plan.

Preferred Educational Provider

The IAAMB/ACWT is an association that oversees canine hydrotherapy in North America. 


Canine Ripples has been awarded the status of IAAMB/ACWT Preferred Educational Provider.


About Canine Ripples

Jennifer Donaldson


Lianne Zitzelsberger

Together, we established Canine Water Wellness, a canine hydrotherapy facility, in Ottawa, Canada in 2009. We embarked upon a new career together that ultimately became our passion and our life.
As we grew the business, we learned a lot about establishing a business and creating a safe healing space for our clients and their dogs. We continuously honed our hydrotherapy skills and knowledge and were rewarded by being part of the amazing healing process of hundreds of dogs – physically, emotionally and mentally. It has been the most rewarding thing we've ever done.
As there is no governing body that oversees or regulates this fast growing industry in Canada, we strongly felt that we needed to do anything we could to ensure that hydrotherapy is conducted in an educated, qualified, safe and professional manner. 

Thus, we began a new career - training hydrotherapists. We wanted to share the knowledge and skill that we had gained as early pioneers in this ever growing industry and ensure that we all work ethically and within our scope of practice.

We began conducting training courses in 2012. We evolved into Canine Ripples Hydrotherapy Practitioner Training and eventually moved the theoretical material online and held hands-on-training sessions for all our students.

The COVID 19 pandemic created many challenges for us and the uncertainty
of the future led us to re-think how we could continue to provide our training in these times. By providing the fundamentals solely online now, our goal is to reach more people who want to enter into this amazing field and continue to help dogs to have their best quality of life. 

Become an educated, qualified, safe and professional hydrotherapist, that all clients and veterinarians want to work with!

Our promise to you...

We will provide you with the benefit of our over 15,000 hours of experience as canine hydrotherapists and all that it entails. It's is simply the most rewarding thing we've ever done! 

Lianne Zitzelsberger


Hydrotherapy Practitioner Training


Tel:  613 315 1368

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