12 episodes

Celebrate the frontline workers of the canine world.

Kate Fairweather comes face to face with a diverse cast of working dogs, perfectly equipped with the instincts, intelligence and training to handle everything their jobs throw at them.

Humans and dogs have worked together for centuries - and still do today in our communities.

Some work with handlers, drawing on their natural hunting, herding, or guarding instincts, or an exceptional sense of smell. Others perform caring roles, providing companionship and support to humans.

Produced by volunteers at Petersfield's Shine Radio. Contact Kate at team@shineradio.uk or call 01730 555 500.

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Celebrate the frontline workers of the canine world.

Kate Fairweather comes face to face with a diverse cast of working dogs, perfectly equipped with the instincts, intelligence and training to handle everything their jobs throw at them.

Humans and dogs have worked together for centuries - and still do today in our communities.

Some work with handlers, drawing on their natural hunting, herding, or guarding instincts, or an exceptional sense of smell. Others perform caring roles, providing companionship and support to humans.

Produced by volunteers at Petersfield's Shine Radio. Contact Kate at team@shineradio.uk or call 01730 555 500.

    Drake, the gun dog champion

    Drake, the gun dog champion

    Kate Fairweather introduces Drake, a talented black labrador retriever, who was England’s top scoring gun dog two years in a row at the “Gun dog Olympics” - a.k.a. the Anglesey International. Hear Drake hunting for a dummy bird on the Cowdray Estate in West Sussex, helped by whistle commands from his owner, Jason Mayhew. 

    Gundog trainer Jason tells the story behind Drake’s competition success in field trials - which simulate the conditions of a large scale pheasant shoot. 

    Drake and retrievers like him must stay 100% focused on their handlers over significant distances and against a VERY noisy backdrop. How do they do it? Find out in this month’s Dogs with Jobs.

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    © & ℗ Kate Fairweather 2021

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    • 35 min
    Benji, the trainee guide dog and his first five weeks on the job

    Benji, the trainee guide dog and his first five weeks on the job

    This month, Dogs with Jobs follows young guide dog Benji over five weeks as he starts “on the job” training with owner John Welsman. 

    From their first encounter in June, through two weeks of residential training at a Southampton hotel, instructor-supported training around their home town Petersfield and navigating their way to London via public transport.

    After an intense five weeks, Benjy and John are ready to strike out on their own.

    Kate Fairweather hears about the highs and lows on this month’s Dogs with Jobs.

    Next episode we'll be meeting Drake, a champion gun dog.

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    • 39 min
    Rusty the search and rescue specialist

    Rusty the search and rescue specialist

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

    He works with his handler, Kev Saunders MBE as part of the Hampshire Search & Rescue (HSAR)  team, which supports the police on large scale searches for missing persons. 

    He talks to Dogs with Jobs presenter Kate Fairweather about how things have gone in the pandemic, with a shift away from finding elderly confused people towards a younger demographic of vulnerable missing persons.

    Kev explains their role as a vital and valued tool in large scale searches, when Rusty is mobilised alongside helicopters, drones and manpower when they're mobilised on a lowland rescue job.

    It's basically a second job for Kev, who has volunteered for 15 years with HSAR and whose work was recognised with an MBE. Rusty is his second dog.

    Find out more about supporting Hampshire Search & Rescue at https://hantsar.org/

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    • 28 min
    Sprout, the care home visitor

    Sprout, the care home visitor

    How did an English Bull Terrier end up as a calming presence in Petersfield's care homes? Find out in this month's Dogs with Jobs, with presenter, Kate Fairweather.

    Sprout is a "one off" in many ways. He survived an operation that went horribly wrong in his puppyhood and, with the help of his owner, Lizzie Strickland, he has overcome the considerable disabilities he was left with.

    Now he spreads joy to the elderly in the town's care homes and helps university students struggling with their mental wellbeing.  

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    • 28 min
    The astonishing work of the UK's Guide Dogs charity

    The astonishing work of the UK's Guide Dogs charity

    The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association oversees the country's largest breeding programme and trains around a quarter of the world's guide dogs..

    Over coffee with John Welsman, Kate Fairweather hears about the astonishing range of work done by the UK charity and some of its newer initiatives. 

    John is part of the charity's Canine Affairs team, which strategises about the future of guide dog ownership and works with government and service providers on behalf of Guide Dogs. He talks about some of the charity’s newer initiatives and explains the breadth of the its work for visual impaired people in the UK.

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    • 16 min
    Breck, the guide dog

    Breck, the guide dog

    Meet Breck, a talented golden retriever recently retired from an eight-year career in partnership with a highly experienced owner, whose job has entailed travelling all over the UK.

    Breck's steadiness and adaptability proved to be essential qualities for success in guiding at this advanced level. 

    Breck's owner John Welsman discusses some fascinating insights into the responsibilities and challenges facing both parties to Dogs with Jobs presenter, Kate Fairweather. John charts he evolution of this richly complex partnership over time. 

    © & ℗ Kate Fairweather, 2021

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    • 29 min

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