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.

Named Podcast of the Year at the Community Radio Awards 2022. Described by judges as “a wonderful concept delivered in a very easy listening style with a host who is passionate about the subject and very engaging.”

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

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.

Meet Daisy, the autism assistance dog

Meet Daisy, the autism assistance dog

Meet Daisy, who works with a non-verbal autistic teenager.
She gives him confidence and security. She gives his parents an early warning of impending meltdown. Hear how this wonderful dog has transformed the lives of the entire family.

Meet Alfie, the actor and model Dalmatian

Meet Alfie, the actor and model Dalmatian

Meet Alfie the actor and model, whose steadiness and charisma make him sought after by rap artists and commercial advertisers alike.

Hear how his career took off and what’s next for this handsome fellow on this month’s Dogs with Jobs with Kate Fairweather.

Meet Drake, the gun dog champion

Meet 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 over distance, in noisy conditions? Owner and professional gun dog trainer Jason Mayhew explains in this month’s Dogs with Jobs.

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

Meet 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.

Meet Rusty, the lowland search and rescue specialist

Meet 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.

Meet Sprout, the care home visitor

Meet 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.