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At Royvon Merthyr Tydfil, we know what it can be like to be busy! But, no matter how busy you are, you want the best for your dog. They need to be well cared for, but you just don’t have the time to do it every day! That’s where our Dog Day Care Merthyr Tydfil option comes in. Do you want to know that your pup is getting the best care, isn’t feeling lonely, and is maybe getting some training in too? This would be the perfect solution for you! Your dog can attend when it suits you, and our training sessions are an optional extra. We will always care for them like they’re our own dog. This means making sure they get all the exercise, mental stimulation, and love they would with you! Our number one aim is to give you the peace of mind that your dog is well cared for, so you can come home to a happy pup every day.



Some dogs just need extra socialisation with their own kind. Making sure they get it in a safe environment is the best way to make sure they grow up into confident and social members of the family. And, our dog day care Merthyr could be just the thing they need to thrive! We know that each dog is unique. So, with this in mind, we tailor all their activities to make sure there’s plenty of time for healthy socialisation with other pups in a controlled environment. After a while, you should see a big change in them as they grow in confidence around dogs and humans alike.

We know that finding the right people to trust with your dog can be a bit overwhelming. It doesn’t matter what your circumstances are! That’s why we take steps to make sure every single one of the Royvon Merthyr team is up to this very important job! Every single one of us is passionate about animals and we all love dogs. Furthermore, our staff are trained in Canine First Aid, so they can be there if something goes wrong. We all complete a wide range of external and internal training courses, so we’re well equipped to look after your dog and are all on the same page. No matter what your pup’s personality is like, we’ve seen it all during our 60-plus years in business! So, we can be there to provide the correct solutions and help your pup thrive and learn while they’re with us for dog day care.



Are you worried about leaving your dog alone while the family is out? Do they feel stressed or unhappy when left alone? Don’t worry, there’s nothing to be ashamed of! Every dog is completely different. And, some dogs may find being alone stressful. This can lead to barking or destructive behaviours. And, that’s where our dog day care Merthyr would be a great option. You don’t have to worry about leaving them alone during the day, and they can have all the fun and training they require.

Do you have a misbehaving dog, but don’t want to leave them for an extended residential training stay? Or perhaps you just feel like you don’t have the time to attend regular training classes, and want a professional’s help to do it for you? Take a look at our Dog Day Care With Training Page to learn more about the training we can offer while your dog is with us. We always make training fun for your dog, and aim to help dogs reach their true potential, showing owners that lots of progress can be made with surprisingly small changes!

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At Royvon, we have over 60 years of heritage behind us. During that time, we’ve cared for and trained so many dogs from all breeds, with many personalities and behavioural issues! So, you can be assured that we know what we’re doing, and we’ve dealt with a dog like yours before!

We’re dedicated to treating every dog like the individual they are, and coming up with activities and training plans to suit them. From learning basic manners, to solving more complex problems, we’re here for you.

Our Merthyr location is also our original Royvon site, where it all began over 60 years ago! We have some great facilities to go with this long history, including a variety of play and training grounds, and full CCTV coverage to ensure everyone’s safety.

We’d love to hear from you to discuss your dog day care Merthyr requirements. Why not give us a call today?




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