How do you train?
Start by acclimating your dog to the bulk of the backpack. They will sometimes thump into your leg or trees at first, but quickly acclimate to the extra inches on either side. Little by little, add incremental weight to the pack. All dogs shooting for a leg should be conditioned before they hit the trail for that 10-mile leg. Young dogs (<1 year old) should not backpack a high percentage of their weight so as to protect their growing joints.
What do you earn?
A total of 30-40 miles is required to earn a Working Pack Dog title (WPD) from the Alaskan Malamute Club of America. See the AMCA website for more information. You also earned a tired, contented pup at the end of the day!