Appenzell Mountain Dog Club of America Novice Backpacking Title

 

I.  Introduction

The purpose of this title program is to encourage people to spend quality time with their canine companion.  Backpacking with your dog should be a fun and rewarding experience for both of you.  Keeping physically active is not only good for the body, but also for the mind.  In addition, dogs that are exercised regularly are not as likely to “get into trouble” when left alone at home.  Emphasis should be placed on the safety, willingness, and happy attitude of your dog when backpacking.  There is no benefit to force your dog to do something that it hates.  On the other hand, if introduced slowly, most dogs adapt to backpacking quite easily and look forward to the time spent outdoors with their handlers.

 

II.  Rules for safe backpacking

1.  Equipment: the backpack should be the appropriate size for the dog and fit comfortable without causing irritation to the skin or fur loss from rubbing.  The weight of the pack should be situated over the withers to prevent injury.

 

2.  Rest stops and water: care must be taken to assure that your dog stays well hydrated and cool when backpacking.  Make sure that you rest your dog frequently and check the status of his feet and pads, while offering water (and a small snack if hiking long distances).

 

3.  Weight: for this title, the dog needs to carry between 4-10% of it’s body weight.  For example, a 50 pound dog would carry between 2 to 5 pounds.  Do not exceed 10% unless you have a veterinarian approval (written) about the maximum weight that your dog can pack.

 

4.  Foot Care: check your dog’s pads often for cracks, punctures, blisters.  A small first

aid kit in the pack is a great idea.  Booties can be used on sharp, rocky terrains or hot pavement.  Make sure that the dog is well adjusted to booties before going on your hike.

 

5.     Avoid Overheating: do not backpack in HOT weather!  In warm weather, bring frozen bottles of water that can be used for cooling and then later for drinking (small flat freezer packs work good).  Be careful to make sure that it is not too cool against the dogs skin (you don’t want to give your dog frostbite in the middle of summer!). 

 

6.     Trail Courtesy:  Observe all trail rules where you are walking, including leash laws and carry-in/carry-out. 

 

III.  Requirements for the Novice Backpacking title

1.  Veterinarian exam and letter stating that your dog is physically able to participate and is free of any orthopedic injuries or other major health concerns.  A new exam must be done if it takes longer than a year to complete the program.

 

2.  Photographs that can be published of your dog wearing the backpack (and the attached signed waiver of release).

 

3.  Signed form by 3 different witnesses that they observed your dog hiking with a backpack.

 

4.  Weight of dog and pack contents .... must be between 4-10% of the dog’s body weight.

 

5.  Mapped routes of your 25 miles. The 25 miles should be done in 3 or more trips.  Please highlight the routes you took on your map with the milage calculated (maps.google.com may work well for this).  Please vary your terrain if possible.  If only city walking can be done, please limit the milage to less than 5 miles a trip for the safety of the dog’s pads and feet.

 

6.     Payment... $25 for AMDCA members and $50 for non-members (check payable to AMDCA).  Once you and your dog qualify for the title, for your certificate mail payment and documentation listed in these requirements to:

 AMDCA, c/o W7112 Cherry Hill Dr, Adell WI 53001-1286. 

           

 

IV.            Waiver

By participating in this activity, you voluntarily consent to accept and assume all risks associated with your and your dog's participation whether the risks are anticipated or unexpected. You agree to comply with customary measures to assure your own safety and the safety of those around you. If after beginning participation in any AMDCA activity you feel that your or your dog's ability to safely participate is compromised by health, skills or abilities, or lack thereof, or for any other reason you cannot safely participate, you agree to immediately end your participation. You understand you are the best judge of your ability to participate and therefore take full responsibility for the
decision to participate or not or to continue to participate in any activity or related event.

Participation is at your own risk. You expressly release the AMDCA, its members
and officers, from any liability for accidents or incidents. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for participating in the Novice Backpacking Title program!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AMDCA 2009

 

 


 

 

Information Form

 

 

Handler Name:

 

Address:

 

Telephone:

 

Email Address:

 

Dog Name:

 

Breed:

 

Date of birth:

 

Weight of dog:

 

Weight of pack and contents:

 

List of routes taken and mileage (to equal at least 25 miles):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I certify that my dog has backpacked in accordance to the above rules, and that all information is correct.

 

 

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(Signature and date)

 

 

 

 

 


 

Witness Page

 

Witness Name:

Address:     

Telephone:

Email:

 

I certify that I have witnessed __________________ handled by _________________ hiking with a weighted backpack for a measurable distance at least once.

 

Signature and date: _____________________________________________________

 

 

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Witness Name:

Address:

Telephone:

Email:

 

I certify that I have witnessed __________________ handled by _________________ hiking with a weighted backpack for a measurable distance at least once.

 

Signature and date: _____________________________________________________

 

 

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Witness Name:

Address:

Telephone:

Email:

 

I certify that I have witnessed __________________ handled by _________________ hiking with a weighted backpack for a measurable distance at least once.

 

Signature and date: _____________________________________________________

 

 

 

 


 

Veterinarian Certification

 

 

Veterinarian Name:

 

Clinic Name:

Address:

Telephone:

 

 

 

This is to certify that _____________________ handled by __________________________ is physically able to backpack a cumulative distance of 25 miles without any pre-existing conditions that would otherwise harm the dog in this capacity.

 

I have examined the dog on ______________ and give my approval for backpacking.

(date)

 

 

 

_____________________________________________________________________

(vet. signature and date)

 

 

Clinic seal/stamp: