meet the team

We are all qualified trainers and behaviour practitioners, using kind, up to date methods to help you forge the best relationship you can with your dog.


Trainer and Canine Wellbeing Practitioner Based in Chudleigh Knighton, England

Ruth Haynes lives in Devon with her family and her two Labradors. She started her career as a dog walker, then moved on to specialise in walking reactive dogs. Ruth has worked and studied alongside various behaviour practitioners and trainers in Devon and enjoys working in collaboration with others. She aims to explore the emotions and feelings behind the behaviours our dogs show us and believes that addressing these emotions will have a positive impact on behaviours displayed.



  • Ruth is fully insured

  • OCN Canine First Aid certificate

  • Certificate in Reactive Dog Walking with Canine Principals

  • Diploma in Canine Behaviour ISCP with distinction


Ruth continues to learn and broaden her knowledge of the canine world.


Our Promise to You and Your Dog

As teachers of dogs and people we believe that learning is easier when the individuals are having fun, are happy, relaxed and what we are learning is interesting and uncomplicated.


We spend a large proportion of our time learning the science of canine behaviour so our teaching comes from a place of knowledge. This means we can teach you in a  fun, simple and relaxed way. We can then teach you the vital information you need to understand why dogs do the things they do and how  we can help them learn and deal with unwanted behaviours.


To be able to support our dogs, we need to be able to communicate with them and to listen to their needs. Training has moved on from the days of punishment and feeling we need to be in charge, and more and more owners, or as we like to call them, guardians, are feeling the benefits of  working with their dogs as a team and a family member to improve their relationship and to get great results from training.

At Speak Dog, we don’t feel the need to use punishment to teach dogs, we know that creating strong, loving and trusting bonds is the best way to teach our companions. The best relationships I know are built on good communication, trust and love.

We promise 

  • We will be friendly and approachable and open to your questions.

  • We will make our teaching as clear as possible.

  • We will be unjudgemental , patient and kind.

  • You and your dog’s physical and emotional wellbeing will be our top priority.

  • We will offer your dog choices and support them to make the right ones.

  • We will work hard to keep your dog as stress-free as possible.

  • We will work hard to keep the process as comfortable and stress-free as possible for you as the owner/guardian, handler and trainer of your own dog.

  • We will never use a choke, prong or e-coller or anything else that will cause your dog fear or pain.

  • We will continue to educate ourselves and keep up with the latest science by attending workshops, seminars, conferences and courses so we continue to be the best we can be for you and your dog.

                    Locations: Javea & Jalon Valley      

Rebecca Hanlon

WhatsApp +44 7799 350 300


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Rachel Leigh

Whatsapp +34 610 62 84 6


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