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. 

“What an intelligent and considered interview by the host. Could listen to this type of interview all day over. Proper Dog Folk Chat.” 

#8, UK’s Best 25 Pet Podcasts, Feedspot 2024

#5, UK’s Best 25 Pet Podcasts, Feedspot 2023.

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

Rambo, the forensic police detection dog

Rambo, the forensic police detection dog

A window into the world of Rambo, and other forensic police dogs within the Metropolitan Police, the UK’s largest urban police force.  Recorded at Goodwoof 2024.

Ninja, the barkour dog

Ninja, the barkour dog

Six year Ninja is probably the best known proponent of "barkour" (parkour for dogs) in the world. Owner and handler Dominik Arend used to teach parkour to children in his native Germany, but Ninja and he now work professionally. Ninja and Dominik Arend with presenter...

How working dogs’ brains have evolved for their function

How working dogs’ brains have evolved for their function

We know breeding is important for working dogs. Yet we know little about their brains.
How might a guide dog’s brain differ from that of a hunting hound?
Can a dog have ADHD? Find out from Sophie Barton of the Working Breeds Study at Harvard University.

Police Dog Ted, the explosives detection dog

Police Dog Ted, the explosives detection dog

Meet P.D. Ted, a highly specialised police dog.
Explosives detection is a highly specialised discipline, and carries high stakes. Handler and instructor, P.C. Damo Smart explains what he looks for in an explo dog and what it takes to search at this level – and to search safely.  

Bakersfield and Strike compete in heelwork to music at Crufts

Bakersfield and Strike compete in heelwork to music at Crufts

Meet Bakersfield and Strike, relaxing in the dressing room, during a break between performing. These two collies are competing at the highest level in the Heelwork to Music competition at Crufts, the world’s biggest dog show. 
It’s a wonderful world of spangly costumes and artistic endeavour.

Police Dog Jax, the victim recovery dog

Police Dog Jax, the victim recovery dog

A fascinating glimpse into the world of Jax, a police victim recovery dog.
There are fewer than 40 dogs working in this highly specialised field. P.C. Felicity Thomas of the Hampshire Police talks training, rewards and the thrill of the search on the latest Dogs with Jobs.