AMWA Pack Dog Silver Info

AMWA Working Pack Dog Silver Level

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Scroll down to the bottom where you will find all the relevant forms needed for this level

plus Co-Ordinator contact details


Level General Info

This level cannot be attempted until Bronze level has been completed.

The Bronze award cannot be used towards the Silver level.

To achieve the Silver Award the total mileage is 60 miles and must be completed in legs of no less than 15 or 20 miles.

The Silver level can be undertaken anywhere in the UK as long as the terrain falls under ‘Non-Wilderness’ (see ‘non wilderness’ classification below)

You have the option of day trips or overnight ‘non wilderness’ camp outs on this level.

Dog must carry where applicable a daily starting weight equal to a minimum of 30% of the dog’s weight.

This weight of the dogs pack is expected to decrease through out the trip/leg due to consumption of items such as food or water.

The scheme is open to all KC & Welfare/AMWA Working No/Purebred registered Alaskan Malamutes, and all KC/registered Purebred Sled-dogs aged 12 months and over on the first day of the leg/walk. –

Non Wilderness Classification

Normal rural countryside, moorland and forests. Countryside footpaths and bridleways are permissable, but should not be through urban areas or alongside roads, unless crossing over to connect routes.
Whilst routes may traverse undulating terrain, they should not involve technical climbs. Example suitable areas – The New Forest, The Forest of Dean, the Yorkshire Dales. Example unsuitable areas – maintained cycle paths, canal tow paths, urban parks.
The silver level of the scheme likes to encourage exploration of the countryside, route planning and self-sufficiency.
If you are unsure that your route will be accepted please contact a co-ordinator prior to your trip!


Self Sufficiency

This Level does require self sufficiency which is explained below;

Between your dog and yourself you are expected to carry all provisions needed for the leg/trip (provisions = food, drink, and all equipment)

If the route passes villages, participants should not re-stock when passing through.

With the exception of water: It is acceptable and sensible to restock water from standpipes and or natural springs

(we understand that here in the UK it is virtually impossible to be far from villages)


It is acceptable for participants to camp in registered campsites under canvas only, and must prepare their own meals. Take-away’s and eating out are unacceptable.
Wild camping is illegal in most areas of the UK, AMWA do not accept any responsibility for individuals who wish to wild camp and do so at their own risk.  It is advisable to seek permission of the landowner before making camp.



The certificate is primarily self-assessment based, so it is down to you to record your progress and then afterwards report all details on the application form.

You are encouraged to use GPS devices and provide a screen shot of each leg/trip with your application but it is a good idea not to rely on GPS tracking 100% as the only evidence….
You should take a few photos en-route that show your dog has reached key points or identifiable locations ie:- a monument, trig point, road sign or obvious topological feature. The location of these photos can then be marked on the map. When linked to a photo of say a daily newspaper (where possible), the electronic time/date stamp held against each photo will give a clear record of your progress.

Whilst this may sound arduous, it’s not meant to be. We aren’t expecting participants to provide a step-by-step log of their every move. We just want to see reasonable evidence of your progress.


Elevation Mileage Bonus

If you can provide clear evidence of elevation gain for each leg/day of your total trip this can be submitted along with your completed application to make up the final mileage total for the trip

Any elevation gain 500ft and over can be included in your application, but you must work out the ‘Bonus’ mileage yourself and provide the supporting CLEAR evidence yourself! (if the evidence is not clear or has not been worked out by the applicant then the Sub-Committee will not include the Bonus mileage – if in doubt please ask!)

The elevation bonus can be substituted for mileage over 500ft ‘500ft = 0.5 miles’ (rounded down)

Example –  766ft = 0.5miles / 1084ft = 1.0miles



A witness must sign the form to be sent to the relevant Pack Dog Co-ordinator verifying proof of leg/trip & distances, pack weight and dog competing. The witness does not need to complete the distance unless willing and it is acceptable for a witness to verify the start and finish of your trip only. (see page 3 of application form)
You will also need proof of your dog’s weight.  We have devised a form for you to take along to your local Veterinary Practice, (see top of page)which can be signed by any member of staff who works there as long as they have been involved in weighing your dog.  The form is then valid for 28 days from the day of weigh-in.


And finally …

Any rule can be broken or ignored. Shortcuts can be taken. Knowledge can be skimped upon. But what will you actually gain from doing that, not to mention dishonouring your dog?
Follow the spirit of the rules, and you will find that the guidance and rules in all the information will support and encourage you to progress through the various levels. Above all else, remember that the enjoyment in backpacking comes from working
together as a team with your dog/s. It’s about the countryside you traverse, the people you meet and the places you visit. Take your time and enjoy it.



Forms / Contact info –


Silver Application Form: Doc | PDF

Dogs proof of weight form: Doc | PDF

Guidance & Equipment: PDF

Easy to Follow Table / All Levels: PDF


For Silver level queries please use the following email:

Silver Level Co-Ordinator: Mrs Louise Burgess of Mountainglen Alaskan Malamutes