09/23/2010 at 01:00 PM EDT
hunts ghosts for a living. As the host and lead investigator of Travel Channel's paranormal show, Ghost Adventures
, Bagans explores spooky and reportedly haunted locations throughout the world to bring out the ghosts.
It can be frightening work, but Bagans's newest coworker – Ridley, his tiny, 1-and-a-half-year-old Yorkshire terrier – is unfazed.
"I'm teaching Ridley how to hunt ghosts," Bagans tells PEOPLEPets.com. "He's good. I tried to see if he's sensitive to spiritual energy, and I think he is."
Bagans believes that animals have a heightened awareness of spirits. He and his team investigated one location that was inhabited by a man who suffered from demonic attacks. "The first thing that led him to know his house was haunted was his dog," Bagans says.
Ridley, too, might have a bit of a sixth sense, but most of the time, he's just a spoiled, much-loved pet. Bagans and his family have always been fans of the Yorkshire terrier breed, and Bagans declares that Ridley is his "pride and joy." And the strong-jawed, muscular, ghost-hunting Bagans may have met his match in the petite ghostbusting pup.
"Ridley's a little dog, but he's tougher than a lion," Bagans says. "I fight demons. I don't need a huge pit bull to tell me I'm tough. My little Ridley will kick some ass." Read more about the supernatural on PEOPLEPets.com:Psychic Locates 5-Lb. Chihuahua Blown Away in StormVIDEO: Pet Psychic Sonya Fitzpatrick Tunes an Ear to Dogs and Cats