Residential Dog Training 

Owning a dog is always fun, but it can be hard work! We want our dogs to be happy and healthy. They’re a member of the family, after all.

Residential Dog Training 

Owning a dog is always fun, but it can be hard work! We want our dogs to be happy and healthy. They’re a member of the family, after all.


Progressive Dog Training Methods

Owning a dog is always fun, but it can be hard work! We want our dogs to be happy and healthy. They’re a member of the family, after all. However, things can get a bit stressful when your dog keeps on misbehaving! If you’re finding living with your dog is becoming increasingly hard, don’t worry. There’s nothing to be ashamed of, even if your dog is embarrassing! There are ways you can be proud of them and take them wherever you go again.

It can be a struggle to train your dog yourself. You may lack the time and skills, or your dog may just be too challenging! When you see others train their dogs with ease, you wish you could do the same. But, there’s no need to panic! Royvon offers residential dog training in Merthyr Tydfil to combat all of these problems! We can help you live in harmony with your pup again, no matter what issues you are struggling with. Our trainers are here to understand your issues, get to the bottom of them, and use their knowledge and experience to help you turn your dog into one to be proud of!

Watch Darren Explain Our Residential Dog Training Service

How We Train Dogs On A Residential Programme

Our Merthyr Residential Dog Training Programmes

The residential dog training programmes we offer in Merthyr are designed to give your dog a structured plan which always delivers results! Our aim is to help dog owners have fun with their dogs and help them unlock their true potential to be amazing family pets, by using surprisingly small changes that make a real difference!

We have a stepped approach to help us come up with the right plan for your dog. This starts with a 1-hour assessment and then a completely complimentary overnight stay. Next up is their residential dog training stay, which is usually three weeks long- perfect if you’re going on holiday! We work with each dog intensively to deliver the results you both need to live fulfilled and happy lives. We recognise that every dog is different, and so work with each one in a unique way.

At owner handover, we’ll show you the progress your precious pet has made- prepare to be amazed! Afterwards, we can work with you, delivering 3 group training sessions every week for up to three months. Owner training and knowing how to work with your dog is important too, so we offer unlimited support for owners who are engaged with the training.

By working with us, your dog will have a better life- and make your life happier too! Without our intensive programmes, these results may be a lot harder to attain, which is why we recommend residential dog training so highly.


Our Successes

Our residential dog training in Merthyr is designed to be successful for you and your dog! We want you to be able to take your dog anywhere you go, without worrying about how they may behave. Also, we want to improve or repair your relationship with your dog, which we understand can become strained when they’re misbehaving! Perhaps most importantly, we aim to deliver a real transformation. After your dog’s residential stay and the support we offer, you will be proud of them, feel accomplished, and become a far more confident dog handler!

At Royvon, we pride ourselves on transforming even the most anxious and misbehaving pets. You might feel like there’s no hope, but anxiety and reactivity are best dealt with by a professional who really knows how to get to the bottom of it. Royvon is here to show you that you don’t have to do it alone! We have the experience and knowledge to deal with all behavioural problems. Whatever issues you and your dog are having, we would love to help you achieve your goals.

Meet Our Lovely Trainees

Our Residential Dog Training Team 

We have an amazing team that delivers our residential dog training at Esher! Meet some of them here:


Anna is a wonderful dog trainer here at Royvon Merthyr! She’ll work with your dog during their training stay, helping to transform them into the pet of your dreams. She loves all types of dogs, and working with each one to get the best results for them.

Our amazing animal carers

Our whole care team is passionate about dogs! Our team is highly experienced and diverse, caring for each dog to the highest possible standard. They’ll take the time to make sure each guest gets plenty of cuddles, engagement, and play time while they’re with us. At Royvon Merthyr, you can be assured your pet is in the best possible hands.

Puppy Training

Our Residential Dog Training Facility

We’re really proud of our amazing facility here at Royvon Merthyr. It’s the original Royvon site, where the business was founded back in 1959, so we’ve got a long history! At this site, there’s a choice of accommodation to suit all needs and budgets, from our standard rooms to our executive suites with a few more home comforts!

On our five-acre site, there’s plenty for dogs to see and do! There’s a range of play and training areas for lots of different activities. Don’t worry, we make sure each and every dog gets plenty of mental and physical exercise, with a range of toys and equipment for our trainers to use. Safety is also a top priority. The site is covered by full CCTV and is very secure, to make sure everyone keeps safe during their time with us.

We would absolutely love to have your dog for residential dog training in Merthyr Tydfil. No matter what sort of training they need, we can guarantee that we’ve dealt with a dog like them before! We’re committed to providing the results that your family needs. So, if you’d like to start your journey to a happy, healthy, well-behaved dog and an easier life, please don’t hesitate to get in touch today!

The Royvon Story

It’s not uncommon for sons to follow in their father’s footsteps. Here’s the story of a family who has established a great reputation as experts in the dog training and boarding world!

From 1954 Will John taught his son Roy all there was to know about German Shepherds. In the early days, it was a hobby, but after Roy met his wife-to-be Yvonne, they decided to turn their hobby into a business. In 1959 Royvon was born! They both shared the love and admiration of the German Shepherd breed, judging all over the world. Together they developed the facility in the South Wales valleys that was Royvon’s founding location.

The Royvon Story Tragedy

The Royvon story isn’t all joy and triumph, as in 1981 there was a tragic car accident where Yvonne and son Darren were seriously injured and Roy lost his life at just 43 years of age. The years that followed were understandably extremely hard for the family and the Royvon business suffered as a result. The extent nearly led to bankruptcy but the family’s love of passion for each other and their dogs was the saviour and Royvon was to triumph once again.

Darren was only 9 when the accident happened. However, his father instilled the passion for the business in him. As a result, Roy’s legacy lived on through Darren, Yvonne, and many associates that held Roy in such high regard. Darren often talks about the support he received from ‘dog people’ who constantly told him stories about how respected his father was and how great a ‘dog man’ he was.


Meet Merry

A child being responsible for a German Shepherd is a big deal but Darren’s mum was sure that Darren was responsible enough to get his very own at 10 years old! On 25th December 1982, a puppy who’s name turned out to be ‘Merry’ (Merry Christmas) ran through the Royvon house straight to Darren and from that day onwards they were best friends.

Merry wasn’t a regular German Shepherd puppy she had the best German lines as Roy & Yvonne importing the best Germany had to offer and went to win top honours in both the show ring and obedience competitions.  The two were inseparable, only by school – but all other times were playing together and learning in preparation for the weekend’s competitions. Who was to know that these events were the basis for Darren’s lifetime successful career in dog training?

Developing the Royvon Story

The entrepreneur in Roy was embedded in his son Darren. Every aspect of Royvon life excited him, and he had the drive to push the business to become as successful as possible. In this case, success means helping as many dog owners as possible to resolve the challenges they face with their dogs behaviours! Darren made a conscious effort in his 20s to develop the business and employ trainers at his level so that more people can learn of the knowledge that had been gained from his father and his father before him.

Darren started off by practicing his dog training skills as a teenage boy on dogs staying at Royvon’s boarding kennels. It turned out that owners were literally ‘over the moon’  about what a young lad could do to turn their dog into a fully trained pooch while they were away on holiday!

It was soon established by Darren that it was owner training that was really needed for well-trained dogs, so that’s where his efforts were diverted so that the programme could be as helpful as possible to Royvon’s customers. Darren’s drive was even more fueled by large numbers of dog owners travelling the length and breadth of the country so that their dogs could go through the Royvon programme. 


Royvon Today

Nowadays, Royvon has expanded from the first location in Merthyr Tydfil, to include a site in Surrey. And now, technology allows owners to have a totally transparent experience. All the work we do with our guests is online and available for owners to see their dog’s progress. Online training is also available for owners to learn virtually while our expert trainers work with their dogs, opening our method up to even more people.

Although tragedy had such an impact in the Royvon story, the story is a happy one with much love and passion to the life that we have been given. Dogs make many families happy and the Royvon family is one that will always be indebted to the love that has been received by our dogs over the years.

Royvon Training Programmes

Find out more about our residential & non residential programmes and learn how we can help you make the most of your relationship with your dog.