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

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

Acorn, the school reading assistant

Meet Acorn. He’s a well known figure around Petersfield. Blond-haired, very large and very gentle, he works as a reading assistant at Petersfield Infants and Herne School.

Acorn the school reading assistant