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 Kate Fairweather and some of the most talented working dogs you could wish to meet, trained and 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.

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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Drake, the gun dog champion

Drake, the gun dog champion

Meet Drake, who has represented his country in the “gun dog Olympics”, with top scores two years in a row. Hear him demonstrate his retrieval skills on whistle commands from his handler.

How does Drake stay focused on the job and in touch with over distance, in noisy conditions? Owner and professional gun dog trainer Jason Mayhew explains in this month’s Dogs with Jobs.

Benji, the trainee guide dog’s first five weeks on the  job

Benji, the trainee guide dog’s first five weeks on the job

Follow Benji the young guide dog as he starts out on his career.

Hear how his relationship with owner John Welsman and their confidence in each other grow – from their first encounter in June, to being able to navigate London’s Waterloo station five weeks later.

With training over, they are ready to strike out on their own.

Rusty, the lowland search and rescue specialist

Rusty, the lowland search and rescue specialist

Meet Rusty, a red short coated collie with one thing on his mind.

This highly trained search and rescue dog has been deployed on 40 callouts already – since his first mission success last summer. What does it take to search at this level? Find out in this month’s Dogs with Jobs.

Sprout, the care home visitor

Sprout, the care home visitor

Meet Sprout. How did a barrel-chested English Bull Terrier, a breed originally bred for fighting, end up a much loved visitor to Petersfield’s care homes and mental health worker?

An operation gone horribly wrong could have ended in tragedy for Sprout. Hear how he overcome his disability and now spreads comfort and joy through his voluntary work.

The impressive work of the UK’s leading charity, Guide Dogs

The impressive work of the UK’s leading charity, Guide Dogs

Did you know that UK charity Guide Dogs has the UK’s largest dog breeding programme? John Welsman of the Canine Affairs team explains the range of the charity’s work, and about the options for those dogs that aren’t suitable for guiding work.

Breck, the guide dog

Breck, the guide dog

Meet Breck, the newly retired guide dog in this month’s episode of Dogs with Jobs. Owner John Welsman talks to Kate Fairweather about how this richly nuanced working partnership has evolved over Breck’s eight year career.

Max, Edie and Joe, the farm workers

Max, Edie and Joe, the farm workers

Meet Stroud’s sheepdog stars. It’s the lull before the storm, as border collies Max, Edie and Joe gear up for a busy lambing season. Farmer Andy Snow explains how the collies’ skill and teamwork helps to keep over 1000 expectant ewes calm and organised.

Lottie, the missing persons investigator

Lottie, the missing persons investigator

Retired dog handler, Jim Noble, tells the gripping story of Lottie, the police bloodhound and how she solved her very first missing persons case. It was the first of dozens of searches that she completed as a specialist search dog: Jim pays tribute to a superb work partner in this throwback episode of Dogs with Jobs.

Didi, the police dog

Didi, the police dog

Meet P.D. Didi. A Belgian Malinois with a bright future.

She may be smaller than her police dog colleagues, but her extreme athleticism and focus make her a rising star. Petersfield is part of her patrol patch.

What qualities make a good therapy dog?

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.

Acorn the school reading assistant