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At Royvon, we know how much you love your dog. They’re definitely a big part of the family! But, most families do travel occasionally, for a holiday or family commitments. This sometimes means your beloved pet has to stay behind! This can cause a lot of worry, but it doesn’t have to. Royvon’s Dog Boarding Merthyr Tydfil is here for you.

So, you have to leave your dog behind. There are a few possible solutions to this problem. You could ask a friend, a pet sitter, or another service to look after them. However, this never feels like quite the right option. You worry about things that could go wrong. Plus, you don’t know who is truly trustworthy, with the right experience and training. This leads to questions such as, what will happen to my dog in their care? How do I know they won’t let me down? What if I choose the wrong solution, and my time away is not the same as a result? You may feel helpless, torn between enjoying your holiday and wanting the very best for your dog. At Royvon Merthyr Tydfil, we understand all of these concerns. So, we work with you to make sure everyone is happy and has the peace of mind to enjoy their trip!



Often, the most stressful thing about finding the right care for your pup comes from leaving it a little too late! You’ve already booked your travel arrangements, and are hoping you can find that perfect solution last-minute. So, by having a reliable care provider in place ahead of your travels, you’ll often find that your worries are far reduced!

At Royvon, we want to be the solution you can provide for your family again and again. Being forced into making a decision about your dog’s care on the spot is never easy. So, we encourage all of our guest’s families to plan ahead as much as possible, so everyone is comfortable with us ahead of time.

Plus, you never know when a trip or an unexpected visit to a family member might be thrown on you at short notice! So, why not let us help you help your dog become ‘travel ready’ any time? Our qualified staff will care for your dog whenever you need, so you can worry less and avoid trying to find a last-minute solution you’re not totally comfortable with.


At Royvon Merthyr Tydfil, we’re very proud of the service we offer. In fact, our guests tend to love their visits to Royvon! We want to help as many families as possible enjoy their time away, even without their pups, with our dog boarding in Merthyr Tydfil! We don’t think anyone should have to worry about any family members before you travel, including your dog! Everything should be about looking forward to the amazing trip that you’ve got coming up. But what about your pet? You want them to have fun too! For this very reason, we offer a huge range of activities to suit everyone throughout their stay, making sure that every dog in our care is physically and mentally stimulated every day.

We know that plenty of families worry about missing their pets when they’re away! So, we offer daily photo updates through our Facebook page so you know what they’ve been up to while you’re away. Our aim is to be 100% transparent. And, because our guests love staying at Royvon, we’re sure they’ll enjoy their break just as much as the human members of the family!

Are you worried because your dog is anxious? We understand that leaving your dog in the care of others can be daunting, especially if they’re not used to being away from home. Don’t worry, we feel the same way about leaving our own pets! That’s why we offer a stepped approach, to ease our more anxious guests into a longer stay. Plus, families with dogs on this programme receive personalised report cards, so they can keep an even closer eye on how their pet is doing.

We offer two different packages for dog boarding Merthyr Tydfil. These are our standard Classic Dog Boarding option, and our new Concierge Dog Boarding option, which is perfect for those who’d like a few extra conveniences with their stay! This includes cuddles at bedtime and a door-to-door pet taxi on delivery and collection. Please get in touch today to discuss your needs.



We know that each dog is individual and will require different things from their dog boarding Merthyr Tydfil. If you have a particularly anxious dog, or simply aren’t sure about leaving them for boarding, we have a stepped approach to help everyone settle! Firstly, you can complete our Enquiry Form (link here), where you can ask any questions you wish, and we can advise on what we offer and quotations based on your needs. This is great as the first point of contact, so we can help with any initial questions or anxieties you may have.

Once your questions have been answered, we can support you to decide whether our Merthyr facility and team are the right fit for you and your dog. This usually starts with a phone call, but we would love for you to experience a face to face tour of our facility if you think it’s appropriate for you and your dog!

If you feel comfortable, we offer a complimentary taster session to help get your dog used to being with us. This may be a day care stay, or overnight boarding. We have various options to suit every dog and make sure we’re the right fit for your family. After your visit, you’ll receive a personalised report card to find out how your dog has done. Here, we may recommend more introductory stays to help your furry friend become more settled in our environment before your travel!

We find that our stepped approach is the most ideal way to introduce anxious or nervous dogs to a new environment. They can get used to us over a number of sessions and weeks. Our amazing team uses all of the best methods to help each individual settle in, which will totally depend on their needs! As a result, they’re more likely to enjoy their stay, so you can have peace of mind!



We’re a third-generation family business that’s passionate about dogs! And, our Merthyr location is the original, where it all began back in 1959. All of our Merthyr staff are professionally trained in dog care, with a mixture of external and internal training so we’re all on the same page. Plus, our whole team is behind you and your dog, no matter what their needs are. Furthermore, our Managing Director, Darren (who was born and raised at Royvon Merthyr), is dedicated to staying ahead of the dog boarding game. He regularly carries out research and attends conferences in the US to learn about and share all of the latest findings in the dog care sector.

In our boarding and training practices, we use all the latest progressive and science-based techniques and resources to make sure your pet is happy and healthy! Plenty of stimulating toys and equipment is always on hand for our staff and dogs to use, so you can guarantee your dog will be having just as much fun as you on holiday! Don’t believe us? Simply check out our reviews– they speak for themselves!

Royvon is here to help you find the right dog boarding solution for your family. Please get in touch today to discuss your needs. Everyone at Royvon would love to have your dog stay with us, and let you save the day by finding the right solution for the whole family!




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 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.

A child being responsible for a German Shepherd is a big deal but Darren’s mam 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 business

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 sites in Warwickshire and 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.

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Merthyr Tydfil

South Wales

Incline Top, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 0TJ