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.

Podcast of the Year, Community Radio Awards 2022. 

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.

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latest episodes

Meet Cashel, autism assistance dog

Meet Cashel, autism assistance dog

Meet Cashel, an autism assistance dog who supports the actor and musician Leo Long.

Cashel was trained to support Leo as a sixth form college student. Three years on, Leo’s acting career has taken off and life is very different for them both. Leo explains to Dogs with Jobs presenter Kate Fairweather how Cashel supports him day to day.

Meet Millie, the hospital visitor

Meet Millie, the hospital visitor

Accompany yellow labrador Millie on her rounds of Petersfield Hospital. Millie volunteers as a Pets as Therapy (PAT) dog. Hear her spreading joy and warmth to dog loving patients on a cold winter’s day. Owner Linda Tipple talks volunteering to presenter Kate Fairweather.

Meet nature’s detectives, the South Downs Bloodhounds

Meet nature’s detectives, the South Downs Bloodhounds

Tucked away in Privett lives a pack of bloodhounds, whose astonishing talents are put to the test every week, hunting humans for fun across the local countryside. Bloodhound expert Jeremy Whaley explains their superior scenting abilities to Kate Fairweather in this month’s Dogs with Jobs.

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...

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.