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Working titles in back packing with your dog

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Denali and I on a 2 day hike and wild camp over the mountain tops in the beautiful Lake District National Park, U.K covering 20 miles!!

Back packing is great fun for any dog with their owner! What could be more fun then loading the family up with a days worth of all weather supplies and meals and taking the dog (and that's any breed of dog!) with you.  All of our dog back packs are made to fit all sizes of dogs and can easily accommodate all of their needs such as their dog travel bowl or food dish, and poo bags.

The good thing about back packing is you can do it anywhere.  It could be in a mountainous area or on flat fells and moors, who cares?, it just great exercise and where you can all let off stresses and go to your hearts content.  Our Alaskan malamutes love the Lake district, North Wales and the Scottish Highlands, and this all started from my first dog who was a Jack Russell in 1995! how times change.

We're very lucky that in the U.K we have so many open access areas where you can take your dog all over accessed farm land and hills, and there's always a way of over night camping as our back packs are durable and can certainly fit many a things in.  We recommend the Mountain Smith dog back pack from America for longer hauls as they accommodate far more items and weight, and also have the webbing on the top (handy for dog bedding).  We have working dog titles for Kennel Club registered malamutes were you can use the letters WPD after the Kennel clubs registered name, (on non-official documents) These letters and working titles were developed by the Alaskan Malamute club of America, (AMCA) and gained by participating in your own trek on rough terrain. Here your malamute must carry 30% of its body weight which can decrease with natural usage (i.e water consumption). The above photo was taken in the lakes, where we carried all our supplies for full days of hiking with 1 night of wild camping with the dogs. We are always testing new dog back packs for these types of excursions as the weight the dogs need to carry can be 12kgs plus! Which is alot of weight to carry and must it hold it comfortably. The dogs come FIRST on all these back packing trips and if the pack fails or weather changes, then its time to wave the white flag.

If you have any great walks or would like to recommend anywhere you have camped overnight with your dog, we would love to hear from you.

The Alaskan Malamute Working Association (based in the United Kingdom) now have developed the U.K version of working pack dog titles with a very similar set up for being able to gain the usual of their letter after the dogs names. This is a lovely scheme open to all breeds.

Rules for the American Malamute Working Pack Dog scheme as follows:

Working Pack Dog titles for America (A.M.C.A)

Once your Malamute is comfortable with carrying their pack and you have built up the weight and distances, you can look at gaining a working title for your Malamute through the Alaskan Malamute Club of America (AMCA). For this, your Mal has to be capable of carrying 30% of its body weight for on average 10 miles a day. Each day the pack must be replenished to weigh that 30% and only use of food or water etc during the day is acceptable. The full requirements are as follows:

Working Pack Dog (WPD)

Dog must carry a daily initial weight equal to a minimum of 30% of the dog's weight. This weight shall not decrease except by normal consumption of items such as food or water.
Pack trips must be on natural terrain such as hiking trails or cross country.
OPTION 1: Dog must pack a minimum of 30 miles. Each trip must be a minimum of 10 miles per day or an overnight camp out with a 5 miles in and 5 miles out. A minimum of one trip include an overnight camp out.
OPTION 2: Dog must pack a minimum of 40 miles. Each trip must be a minimum of 10 miles per day.
Elevation gain may be substituted for mileage in the following manner: 1,000 feet of elevation is equivalent to 1 mile of flat terrain. Elevation gain will be figured as the difference between the highest and lowest points of the trip.
Packing requirements shall be spred out over a minimum of 2 trips.
An impartial witness must sign the form to be sent to the Committee verifying proof of distances and dog competing.

Working Pack Dog Advanced (WPDA)

1. The dog's weight and the weight of his pack must be verified by an impartial witness or trip official prior to the start of the trip. The dog shall carry an initial load of at least 30% of his body weight. The weight carried shall not decrease except by normal consumption of items such as food or water.
2. Pack trips must be on natural terrain such as hiking trails or cross-country. Campouts will be necessary due to the distance requirements.
3. A total of 80 miles shall be completed in 1 to 4 trips.
4. Each trip shall be a minimum of 20 miles with an average of 10 miles per day on travelling days under normal conditions such as maintained trails and normal weather conditions. Day trips from the base camp must adhere to the weight requirements unless the applicant does not wish to include those miles in the trip total.
5. Because some trips will take place in mountainous terrain, each 1,000 feet of elevation gain may be substituted for a mile of the total mileage requirement.
6. An impartial witness must sign the form to be sent to the Committee verifying proof of distances and dog competing.

Working Pack Dog Excellent (WPDX)

1. The dog's weight and the weight of his pack must be verified by an impartial witness or trip official prior to the start of the trip. The dog shall carry an initial load of at least 30% of his body weight. The weight carried shall not decrease except by normal consumption of items such as food or water.
2. Pack trips shall be backcountry trips with the dogs carrying equipment necessary for the trip. Backcountry is a remote area, inaccessible and unsuited to vehicular traffic at the time of the trip, where support and aid is not generally available. Campouts will be necessary due to the distance requirements. Campouts will take place in the backcountry, not at trailheads, roadside campgrounds and the like. Suitable locations for pack trips are National Forests, Parts, hiking and undeveloped natural terrain.
3. A total of 120 miles shall be completed in 1 to 3 trips.
4. Each trip shall be a minimum of 40 miles with an average of 10 miles per day on travelling days under normal conditions such as maintained trails and normal weather conditions. Day trips from the base camp must adhere to the weight requirements unless the applicant does not wish to include those miles in the trip total.
5. Because some trips will take place in mountainous terrain, each 1,000 feet of elevation gain may be substituted for a mile of the total mileage requirement.

 

Levels for the Alaskan Malamute Working Association (U.K based) working pack dog scheme:

Level Classification Table

Level

Method

Distance

In Miles

Per leg

Terrain

Type

Overnight

Camping

Self

Sufficiency

required

% Dogs Pack

weight = to dogs

weight

Total

Mileage

Per level

Copper

 

5

Any

No

No

10%

40

Bronze

 

10

Any

No

No

20%

40

Silver

A

15

Non

Wilderness

No

Yes Silver Level

30%

60

Silver

B

20

Non

Wilderness

1

Night

Yes Silver Level

30%

60

Gold

A

30

Wilderness

1-2

Nights

Yes Gold Level

30%

90

Gold

B

45

Wilderness

2+

Nights

Yes Gold Level

30%

90

Platinum

A

30

Wilderness

1-2

Nights

Yes Gold Level

30%

180

Platinum

B

45

Wilderness

2+

Night

Yes Gold Level

30%

180

Open to all breeds that are members of the club. Please see their full website for all the rules and advice to be able to complete the requirments to make sure that the information you provide will be successfull after verification from the commitee. See more info here on their helpful and informative website: AMWA pack dog scheme

 

 

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