Drake, the gun dog champion

Meet Drake, a talented black labrador with a cupboard full of trophies. Hear him work to the whistled commands of owner, professional gun dog trainer Jason Mayhew on the Cowdray Estate. Yet Drake was the last puppy of the litter – less desirable because of the...

Sprout, the care home visitor

Meet Sprout.  Barrel-chested and muscular, he looks like the canine equivalent of a beefy nightclub bouncer. One to be wary of, perhaps. Sprout has the distinctive egg shaped head and triangular eyes of the English Bull terrier Yet Sprout is a much loved visitor...

Breck, the guide dog

Meet Breck, a talented golden retriever recently retired from an eight-year career in partnership with a highly experienced owner, whose job has entailed travelling all over the UK. Breck’s steadiness and adaptability proved to be essential qualities for success...

Max, Edie and Joe, the farm workers

Meet Border Collies Max, Edie and Joe in this month’s episode of Dogs with Jobs. Together, they ensure a successful lambing operation on Rothercombe Farm. It’s the calm before the storm in Stroud, as sheep farmer Andrew Snow gears up for the busiest six...

Lottie, the missing persons investigator

A bonus episode of Dogs with Jobs! Working dog expert and retired handler Jim Noble has had a long and varied career handling sporting dogs, police dogs, sniffer dogs and other specialist working dogs. P.D. Lottie with Jim Noble and canine colleague P.D. Lock in 2003...

Didi, the police dog

She’s intelligent, friendly and cuts an elegant figure. She’s also considerably smaller and lighter than many of her police dog colleagues, making her all too easy to underestimate. Meet Police Dog (P.D.) Didi. A Belgian Malinois, her speed and agility...

What qualities make a good therapy dog?

Patricia Bland, regional coordinator for the Petersfield Area for Pets as Therapy, explains the qualities she looks when assessing a dog’s suitability for therapy work. Patricia’s own flat coat retrievers , Margaux (5) and Fleurie (8) both work as PAT dogs...

Acorn, the school reading assistant

School can be daunting when you’re four, especially if you struggle with reading or are a bit shy. Sometimes all you need is some encouragement from a friend, who sits with you in the school library. In the first edition of our new series, Dogs with Jobs, meet...