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Here at Royvon Merthyr Tydfil, we know that dog owners have a lot of love for their pets! And, they want to be the best pet parents that they can be. However, we also know that it’s not always that easy! Sometimes, it would be simpler to hand the dog training over to someone else, so that you can enjoy a well-behaved pup to their full potential. Do you hate feeling embarrassed by your dog when they misbehave in public? Does their behaviour cause arguments in your family? Are you simply looking to take the stress of training away? If the answer is yes, then our boot camp may be perfect for you! On our dog training boot camp, we use all of the latest training methods to help your dog overcome their challenges and be far better-behaved! If you’re looking for a stress0free answer to do training, find out more about our boot camp for dogs here. We’re based in Merthyr Tydfil, but take clients from all over the wider area for these residential boot camp programmes. 



Royvon is a family business that’s been operating for over 60 years. And, Merthyr Tydfil is our original location! We’ve put all of our expertise into developing a range of training programmes that suit different needs. After all, every dog is different! We run our dog boot camp because we know how hard it can be to fit dog training into a busy schedule. And, as dog owners and lovers ourselves, we understand the pain that can happen when you love your pooch, but they just aren’t behaving in the way you want. Training should be a priority whatever their issues may be, from general misbehaving to severe anxiety or aggression. But, with so much information out there, it can be truly frustrating trying to work out what’s the best for you. If you find yourself in a similar situation, why not take advantage of our residential boot camp programme based in Merthyr Tydfil? We’ll do all the hard work for you, leaving you free to enjoy your dog!

We’re passionate about constantly learning and reviewing our training methods so that our guests benefit from the best out there! And, did you know that we were pioneers when it comes to residential dog training in the UK? So, you can be rest assured that we have a long history behind us of providing training that genuinely works and helps you achieve harmony in the home with your dog!

Every single dog and family is different, we know that! So, we tailor each of our dog training boot camp programmes to suit that individual guest. But, it’s all based on our years of learning and knowledge- we know what works!



At Royvon, it doesn’t matter what issues your dog may have, we have a plan and a boot camp for dogs programme that will work for them! From simple disobedience to aggression, we can work with them all. Aggressive and/or reactive dogs will likely be best suited to our Behaviour Modification Programme. For dogs who have control and disobedience issues, there is our Complete Training Programme. The two programmes use similar methods to get great results. However, on the Behaviour Modification Programme, your trainer will spend lots of time working to desensitise your dog to their challenges. These could be anything from strangers, to other dogs, to cars. As a result, there is less emphasis on obedience on this programme. 

But what about the Complete dog training boot camp? This programme is obedience-focused, so is suitable for dogs that struggle with obedience issues and not aggression. Not sure which dog boot camp is going to be best for you and your dog? We would love to talk to you and advise! Want to try out our training methods before you commit to a residential boot camp stay? We’d love to have you in for a 1-2-1 training session first. During these sessions, your trainer will work to assess your dog and their individual needs, so that they can advise you on which boot camp for dogs will be best for you. 

Then what happens? After your dog has completed their programme, it is time for owner training. This is a vital part of the training process. It will keep your dog on track and help you to enjoy your new lifestyle with them! We offer an owner training session on the collection of your dog, and you can also join our group owner sessions in the Merthyr Tydfil area. Being proactive during the first month after your dog’s training is the most important thing. After this, you can decide of more training is needed, or if you are happy with your new level of knowledge! Many owners decide that no further training is needed, especially with younger dogs, but there is no shame in whatever you choose!

Here at Royon Merthyr, we know that it can be really frustrating to have a dog that doesn’t behave properly. So, we are here to support you and your pet to learn new skills, helping them to develop into the perfect family pet that you’re after! Please give us a call today to discuss our programme, your individual needs, or to book an assessment at our Merthyr Tydfil location!



Still not sure whether our dog boot camp programmes are right for you and your pup? Take a look at our video case studies below to see just a few of the many dogs that we have helped on our programmes! 

Do you feel helpless to stop your dog’s behaviour? Feel like it’s impossible to have a well-behaved dog when you simply don’t have the time to train them yourself? We can promise that it doesn’t have to be this way! Our boot camp for dogs will help you to live a happy and fulfilled life alongside your dog. Our years of experience have shown us that no matter how your dog may be behaving now, it doesn’t have to be how they behave forever! Our dog training boot camp programmes can help you avoid bigger problems in the future. And, you can start having a more harmonious relationship with your dog today. Our Merthyr Tydfil-based boot camp will take you from a person who was limited in where they could take their dog, to someone with a happy family pet that can be taken everywhere with you! 

What are you waiting for? If you’re in need of training to help stop anything from mild disobedience to major aggression, 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