Ready for an exciting career as a Canine Hydrotherapist?
Upcoming Hands on Training session: Due to recent increased cases of COVID we aren't booking training dates at this time. We plan to conduct training sessions as soon as possible , hopefully by early spring.
We are accepting students on a waiting list. Students can begin the online portion of the course at any time.
Hands on Training (HoT) in the pool is conducted at HERO K9 & Wellness Centre, a canine hydrotherapy and training facility, 35 mins from Ottawa, in Kemptville, Ontario, Canada.
Training with various dogs in the pool is essential to integrate the knowledge you've acquired and obtain the handling skills needed to be a professional and confident Canine Hydrotherapist.
The online course provides you with the theory and practical knowledge that forms the foundation for all the healing work you will do in the pool.
You can take the online learning
modules wherever and whenever
it is convenient for you.
Once you have completed the
final module, you are ready to
move on to the Hands on Training
portion of the program.
1: Hydrotherapy Overview
Simply, we will cover: What Canine Hydrotherapy is? Why it is beneficial? Who is it for? How does it happen? Where does it happen?
9: Pool Management
We'll cover how to manage and operate your pool so that you can achieve and maintain good, safe water quality.
6: Canine Pool Psychology
We'll cover common behaviours you'll experience while swimming dogs. Knowing these allow you to quickly establish trust and ensure safety for you and the dog.
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; bathing and drying techniques; etc.
7: Handling & Techniques
Presented is an overview of techniques that can facilitate a dog's healing and how to create specific movements safely and appropriately for the dog’s condition.
3: Properties of Water
The key aspects of pool swimming are covered, such as: buoyancy, hydrostatic pressure, viscosity, resistance, temperature and how to use them to your benefit.
8: Pools & Equipment
We'll look at pool design and the types of equipment that you'll need to enhance your swim sessions and to ensure safety of the dog, you and the client.
4: Canine Anatomy & Physiology
We'll explore the main systems and how they function. As well, the anatomical directions and planes and commonly used terminology, as it pertains to hydrotherapy will be presented.
5: Common Conditions
We'll review the most common conditions where the benefits of hydrotherapy can be achieved. These conditions can become the base of your practice and services offered.
10: Final Assessment
To complete the theory portion of your course you will be presented with 25 questions that cover the key teaching points covered.
Three Day HoT Session
Ten Online Learning Modules:
This program consists of two components:
1. Ten online learning modules.
2. Three intense days of Hands on Training (HoT) in the pool.
Hands on Training days are scheduled throughout the year, but it is highly recommended that you complete this training shortly after you have completed the online course.
It will be a busy three days so you need to come prepared to be in the pool and ready to learn. You will be learning with actual clients and their dogs. In the intensive three day training session you'll learn and practice:
handling a variety of dogs with a variety of conditions
using various techniques used in aiding each individual dog’s swim program based on their condition
applying what you have learned about canine anatomy, physiology and psychology
applying what you have learned about the various conditions
conducting an intake assessment with a new client
building custom swim programs
creating a relationship with the dog, the owner, the veterinarian and other practitioners involved in the dog’s program
responding to a medical emergency
using massage techniques in the pool
honing your listening and observation skills
using your intuition and building confidence
creating a safe environment in which to swim dogs
You'll swim a variety of dogs throughout the three days so that you can gain experience with many types of conditions, and various breeds, sizes and ages.
We'll also cover the practical side of running a hydrotherapy practice, such as operational activities, record keeping and managing the pool.
At the end of this training session you'll be awarded with a Certificate of Achievement as a Canine Hydrotherapist.
The practice of canine hydrotherapy isn't regulated in Canada, nor is there a government regulation body or association to oversee our training standards.
Our course reflects the accumulation of years of operating a successful hydrotherapy business and a desire to ensure the highest level of professionalism in the industry.
After completing the online modules, passing our exam and completing our hands on training or internship, students will have achieved the level of standards that we have set. They are awarded a Certificate of Achievement that states students have completed the Canine Ripples Canine Hydrotherapy Practitioner Training.
$1,999.00 CAD + 13% HST. The course consists of ten online learning modules, plus three intensive 'hands on training' days in the pool.
3 Industrial Drive
Tel: 613 315 1368
Hydrotherapy Practitioner Training
We established Canine Water Wellness, a canine hydrotherapy facility, in 2009. At that time we were long time friends, and then became new business partners. Having a love for animals, we embarked upon a new career together that ultimately became our passion and our life.
Together we learned a lot about establishing a new business, creating a safe healing space for our clients
and helping the healing process of dogs – physically, emotionally and mentally.
We began training because we wanted to share the knowledge and skill that we’ve gained, but more importantly, we wanted to make sure that those that do embark on the same path as we did, do so in a
Currently, there is no governing body that oversees or regulates canine hydrotherapy in Canada. This means
that we must all be responsible to work ethically and within our scope of practice.