24 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.

    Meet Clover, the accidental gun dog

    Meet Clover, the accidental gun dog

    This month’s guest is Clover, a liver and white springer spaniel. The interview was recorded at the South Downs Show in August, where Clover was demonstrating her talents as part of the Hamble and Hound Gun dog club. 

    Presenter Kate Fairweather chats to Jo Bennett about Clover, the first springer spaniel she ever owned. Clover’s need to work soon became apparent, and Jo started gun dog training as a way of keeping her stimulated and happy. It wasn’t long before Clover’s natural talent showed itself, and Jo has competed with this lovely spaniel to considerable success in scurries (scurries are competitions, in which gun dogs have to find and retrieve a series of lures in a certain order, working against the clock).  

    Doing demonstrations with other gun dogs at country shows is part of Clover’s working life.  Jo explains how working breeds need mental stimulation as well as exercise, and discusses training tips for keeping clever dogs stimulated and happy. 

    Do you work your dog or dogs? If you would be interested in coming on the show, please get in touch with Kate at team@shineradio.uk or call 10730 555 500.  (Kate is particularly keen to interview a sniffer dog!)

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    • 21 min
    Meet the Little Nippers, country show arena performers

    Meet the Little Nippers, country show arena performers

    Meet Little Nippers, a performing troupe of terriers and lurchers, who work the country shows all over the UK.

    Their entertaining performance at country shows educates the public and demonstrates the lost sport of coursing, using an electric lure.  Coursing is the hunting of game such as hares with greyhounds, which use sight rather than scent, and has been banned in the UK since 2004.

    Phil Gibbons talks about life on the road with his 10 dogs to Dogs with Jobs presenter Kate Fairweather. Nothing is too good for his beloved dogs, who have a comfortable movie-star style trailer when on the road, but are very much family pets when at home.  

    Do you work your dog or dogs? Please get in touch with Kate Fairweather if you would be interested in being on the podcast by emailing team@shineradio.uk.

    © & ℗ Kate Fairweather, 2022
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    • 22 min
    Louis, the Fire Investigator

    Louis, the Fire Investigator

    Meet Louis, a talented springer spaniel, who works for the Hampshire Fire Service. 

    Louis is a Fire Investigation & Search Dog and is trained to sniff out the presence of flammable materials efficiently and with outstanding accuracy in minutes, where humans might take days to cover the same area. There are just 17  working fire dogs in the whole of the UK, making Louis a rarity and something of a scoop for Dogs with Jobs.

    Louis' career success is heartwarming, since he was made homeless at less than a year old. His original family simply couldn’t cope with his high energy and what dog handlers call  “play drive”. 

    He was rescued by veteran dog handler and firefighter Sean White. Sean knew that Louis craved mental and physical stimulation, and that a job would allow him to channel all that energy in a productive way. 

    Sean describes how Louis joined the fire service as a trainee, alongside Sean’s other Fire Investigation & Search Dogs, Harvey and Ruby.

    Do you work your dog or dogs?  If you would consider coming on the show, please get in touch with presenter Kate Fairweather on team@shineradio.uk or find us via facebook or instagram.

    © & ℗ Kate Fairweather, 2022
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    • 30 min
    Hounds for Heroes: training assistance dogs to support disabled servicemen and women

    Hounds for Heroes: training assistance dogs to support disabled servicemen and women

    Tucked away in a converted barn in the tiny South Downs village of Ramsdean, Hounds for Heroes is a charity, which trains and provides assistance dogs for disabled veterans from the military and emergency services. 

    Founder Allen Parton talks to Dogs with Jobs presenter Kate Fairweather about how the dogs are trained, and explains the story behind the dogs' names. He also explains what they look for in "puppy parents", the other vital component in raising a well balanced assistance dog. 

    This is a companion piece to the Dogs with Jobs edition, which focuses on E.J. the military assistance dog.
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    • 17 min
    E.T., the military assistance dog with big paw prints to fill

    E.T., the military assistance dog with big paw prints to fill

    Meet E.T., (short for Endal III), a talented young labrador retriever and third in a line of exceptional assistance dogs. Handler and owner Allen Parton is a disabled ex-Royal Navy Chief Petty Officer, who founded the military assistance dog charity, Hounds for Heroes, in 2010. 

    Allen returned from the Gulf War in 1991 with a serious head injury to spend five years  in hospital, following which he needed specialist day care. He tells Kate Fairweather about how Endal became his first, “accidental” assistance dog. In the early days, Allen was unable to communicate verbally and used signing alone to communicate with his dog. In the circumstances, it's quite moving to hear Allen describing his recovery - he's come a long way with the help of his hounds. 

    Endal was succeeded by E.J. (Endal Junior), whose death in Spring 2022 left E.T. (Endal III) in the hot seat!  Together with Rookie, an experienced assessment dog, E.J. is already supporting Allen day to day. Allen explains how the assistance dogs in his life have given him purpose, transformed his health and helped his relationships. He also describes how the charity he founded helps other disabled servicemen and women. 

    Do you work your dog or dogs, or know someone who does?  You can get in touch with Kate at Dogs with Jobs at team@shineradio.uk or find Dogs with Jobs on Facebook or Instagram.

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    • 25 min
    How Medical Alert Assistance Dogs support their owners and even reduce emergency hospital admissions

    How Medical Alert Assistance Dogs support their owners and even reduce emergency hospital admissions

    This month, we meet Simone Brainch from the UK charity Medical Detection Dogs.

    Simone explains how the charity has developed since 2014, including its network of Medical Alert Assistance Dogs.

    The charity's specially trained assistance dogs alert their owners to impending medical emergencies, such as hypo-glycemic episodes or even allergic reactions. These dogs work incredibly closely with their human partners to warn them of an impending health episode, giving them the time to make themselves safe.

    It’s all down to the dogs’ amazing sense of smell - they are trained to identify tiny odour changes emitted by their owner before an emergency and alert the person to take preventative action. 

    Find out more at Medical Alert Assistance Dogs.

    Explore other Dogs with Jobs episodes (and see photos!) on our website.

    If you would like to come on the podcast and introduce your working dog(s), get in touch at team@shineradio.uk.

    © & ℗ Kate Fairweather 2021
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    • 42 min

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