Three things you never knew about Nordic Walking with Dogs

Nordic Walking with dogs?

Let’s face it. If you’re reading this blog it’s likely that you’re a little puzzled. You may or may not have heard about Nordic Walking. But with dogs? Why on earth would you want to do that?
There’s no reason you should know. Don’t feel bad about it. This thing’s so new we think we’re the first people to be delivering it. Ever.
Allow me to explain all …

1. Nordic Walking is brilliant for you

Nordic Walking is a specific technique walking with poles. It was developed by Nordic Skiers during the off-season to keep them fit and I’d imagine it does a brilliant job of that. Not only does it exercise 90% of the muscles in the body, it can also burn up to 63% more calories than walking alone, increase upper body endurance, decrease neck and shoulder tension and increase back strength. And it does all of this whilst feeling easier than walking alone.
Not only that but it has also been shown to have wide reaching psychological benefits. Recent studies have shown that ‘green exercise’ – being active whilst connecting with nature – is extremely effective at preserving our mental health.
The beauty of Nordic Walking is that it is great for everyone – whatever their level of fitness, age or ability

2. Dogs love it too

When I first started Nordic Walking with my dog, Harvey, I noticed that he seemed even more excited when he saw the walking poles, than he would be if I just got his lead out.
Maybe it’s that feeling of us moving and working together or the extra pace I am able to inject with the poles, or that he just loves that feeling that he is working whilst he’s trotting away in front of me.
There’s no doubt about it. Harvey just loves it and your dog probably would too.

Harvey reminisces about some great Nordic Walks we have had
Harvey reminisces about some great Nordic Walks we have had

Nordic Walking is great for dogs that:
• Are rehabilitating from injury
• You might be nervous to let off the lead
• Dogs that have that urge to work. (That’s actually most of them, by the way)
• Dogs that don’t socialise too well

3. It’s fabulous for you and your dog to do together

Nordic Walking with your dog is a brilliant way of increasing your rapport with your dog. It’s a fabulous activity for anyone that wants to invest that little bit more in their dog.
During our day training programme (or two half days if you prefer) we teach you everything you need to know to start your Nordic Walking doggie adventure.
We have a dog behaviourist on hand to show you how to get your dog to respond to your Nordic Walking commands and your body language. She can also answer any questions you might have about your dog’s general behaviour.
We’ll be delivering courses in the West Midlands and we are prepared to come to you anywhere in the country if there is sufficient interest.

So if you’d be interested in having a go why not email me, Sam Axtell, at or telephone 07842 153831


  1. sue says:

    Good morning. Do you have any classes in north London, south Herts area?
    I regularly Nordic walk at Trent Park. Cockfosters and a dog group would be great. Plenty of dog walkers here
    Many thanks

  2. Sandy says:

    Hi Sam
    Do you have any future dates already planned?
    Would like to come and try it out with my pooch.

    • Sam Axtell says:

      Hi Sandy
      I don’t have any dates for the next course yet but it will probably be September/October time when the weather has cooled down a bit. It’s a bit hot for dogs (and us!) right now.

  3. Linda Maund says:

    Hello Sandy

    I NW (Freedom Pass) and would like to take my 8 year old adopted BT, Grace, with me. She has double hip dysplasia but is mobile with strong muscles (weekly hydrotherapy). I would love to attend one of your courses cause I want to do it properly with Grace. I am in Crewe, so can travel if it was a one/two day course or attend a local near to me if one is available. However, I cannot commit to once a week over time because of Grace and distance.

    Sincere best wishes

    Linda and Grace

    1 Fourseasons Close, Rope, CREWE, Cheshire CW2 6TN
    01270 651060

    If you could let me know what’s on offer, I,would be very grateful.

    • Sam Axtell says:

      Hi Linda
      I tend to run 1 day courses and I’d love you and Grace to join me. There is no ongoing commitment beyond that. Please would you email me at or text me on 07842 153831 and I will get you know when the next course is.
      Thanks for your interest


  4. Jancsó Lászlóné says:

    Hi! I’m Marika, from Hungary. I just started hiking the Nordic Walking Dog 2 months ago. I thought I invented this because in Hungary, I had not met him. But I see that abroad, many people do it! Hello everyone from Hungary!

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