Dogs with Jobs

Meet the frontline workers of the canine world

Shine Radio celebrates the key workers of the canine world, and admires the intelligence and skill of working dogs.

Join presenter Kate Fairweather and some of the most talented working dogs you could wish to meet, ready to handle everything their jobs throw at them. Witness their focus and determination to harness their intelligence, instinct and often courage in their work.

Dogs with Jobs was singled out for praise by judges in the National Community  Radio Awards 2021 for the quality of its outside broadcasts and Kate Fairweather’s presenting: “Kate had great storytelling. I was hooked.”

Do you know a hard-working dog?  Let us know at team@shineradio.uk or reach us on Petersfield (01730) 555 500 via the dog and bone.

latest episodes

Meet the beagles!

Meet the beagles!

This episode of Dogs with Jobs features a lively pack of working beagles.

Kennel huntsman Danny Allen describes the daily working lives of his characterful charges to Kate Fairweather. Recorded at the Alresford Show 2022.

Meet Clover, the accidental gun dog

Meet Clover, the accidental gun dog

Hear how this lively springer spaniel, Clover, found her calling as a gun dog, and has competed to considerable success in scurries around the south of the UK.

From the South Downs Show 2022, owner and handler, Jo Bennett shares some tips on how to keep working breeds stimulated and happy.

Meet the Little Nippers, arena performers

Meet the Little Nippers, arena performers

Little Nippers are performing dogs who tour the UK, performing in country shows, such as Petersfield’s own South Downs Show. With star performer Kim at the emergency vet, and soaring temperatures, understudy Buttons will have to work hard to save the show.

Owner handler Phil Gibbons talks to Dogs with Jobs presenter Kate Fairweather from the arena side.

Meet Louis, the Fire Investigator

Meet Louis, the Fire Investigator

Meet Louis, a talented springer spaniel, who works for the Hampshire Fire service.  He is a rarity: one of just 17 working “fire dogs” in the UK. Handler Sean White debunks a few myths and shares some training techniques.

How Hounds for Heroes helps disabled servicemen and women

How Hounds for Heroes helps disabled servicemen and women

Tucked away in a converted barn in Ramsdean, Hounds for Heroes is a charity, which trains and provides assistance dogs for disabled veterans from the UK's military and emergency services.  Founder Allen Parton talks to Dogs with Jobs presenter Kate Fairweather about...

Meet E.T. the military assistance dog

Meet E.T. the military assistance dog

This month, Kate Fairweather stays very local, visiting Ramsdean to meet E.T., a talented young labrador retriever with big paw prints to fill. He’s the third in a line of exceptional assistance dogs owned by Allen Parton, disabled ex-Royal Navy Chief Petty Officer and the founder of Hounds for Heroes, the assistance dog charity. 

Medical Alert Assistance Dogs in the spotlight

Medical Alert Assistance Dogs in the spotlight

Simone Brainch of UK charity Medical Detection Dogs explains how specially trained assistance dogs alert their owners to impending medical emergencies, from hypo-glycemic episodes to allergic reactions.

It’s all down to the dogs’ amazing sense of smell, and the relationship between human and dog, which
transforms lives.

Meet Phantom, the secondary school learning support worker

Meet Phantom, the secondary school learning support worker

Retired greyhound Phantom had a highly successful racing career. He now uses his therapeutic superpowers in his role as a support worker in the Solaris Nurture Unit at Bohunt School. Owner Erika Harris describes how this gentle giant has become a Monday morning regular for secondary students at Bohunt.

A rare insight into the breeding of a local trail hunting pack

A rare insight into the breeding of a local trail hunting pack

A pack of hounds cover up to 20 miles in a day’s work. These are some of the healthiest canines around, thanks to a painstaking approach to breeding. Hound stud books date back to 1800. Dogs with Jobs presenter Kate Fairweather finds out what makes a good hunting hound, how they are bred for their local country, and why hounds are given, never sold.

Meet Debit and Dervish, the trail hunting hounds

Meet Debit and Dervish, the trail hunting hounds

Meet Debit and Dervish, a couple of gorgeous hound pups on the cusp of their “teenage” years. Hear about their future working pack life and join Kate Fairweather as she attends the first meet of the season.