This SHCA performance program recognizes the achievements of Siberian Huskies participating in verifiable hiking trips as an active member of the hiking party. Siberian Huskies in this program may compete for two titles: Working Pack Dog (W.P.D.) and Working Pack Dog Excellent (W.P.D.X.)

Overall Rules and Eligibility:

Working Pack Dog (W.P.D.)

Working Pack Dog Excellent (W.P.D.X.)

Suggested Pack Items
Pack items a dog carries should be gear that could actually be used on a hike. Suggested items for a pack (NOT in order of importance and NOT all inclusive):

Items that are NOT allowed to be packed by a dog:

NOTE: Fragile items, especially electronics such as cell phones, GPS, cameras, etc., should NOT be carried in a dog's backpack as they are subject to getting broken or wet.

NOTE: Also non-consumable gear (such as an extra jacket, for example) if taken out and used but then no longer needed (for example, the day warms up and the jacket is no longer needed) must be returned to the dog's pack to carry.


Completed forms will be verified by the WPD Regional Representative and the Working Committee prior to awarding certification. Supporting documents and photos are considered part of the application and will NOT be returned. Once a degree has been completed and approved by the Committee the appropriate initials denominating the degree may be used after the dog's name.

Rules Revised May 10, 2016

Download "PDF" format copies of the SHCA Working Pack Dog Forms. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read, view, and print these forms. Reader is available free of charge from the Adobe website.
Click here to download WPD Forms.
Click here to download WPD Group Hike Forms.
Click here to download WPD Checklist

Contact the chariman for the name of the WPD Regional Reviewer best able to process your application when you submit it. Contact any of us with questions.

Wayne Curtis, SHCA Working Programs Chairman
PO Box 874615
Wasilla, AK 99687-4615

Regional reviewers are:
Sheila Blanker, Massachusetts:
465 Mt Hermon Station Road
Northfield, MA 01360-9507

Colleen Marzluff, Washington:
19426 75th Avenue SE
Snohomish, WA 98296

Last update of this page: 05/10/2016.

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