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The Royvon Merthyr Tydfil team are proud to introduce our brand new service at this location, professional dog grooming!

Are you looking for a professional service from someone who genuinely cares about the wellbeing of your dog, with an amazing end result? Then look no further than our dog grooming in Merthyr Tydfil from our trusted team member, Lauren. Lauren has been an amazing and dedicated team member at Royvon Merthyr Tydfil for over seven years. She absolutely loves caring for dogs of all breeds, ages, and sizes, and has decided to build upon her passion by introducing a dog grooming service to our Merthyr location. Find out more about what she can offer below!


For many breeds, dog grooming is an essential part of their regular maintenance. For others, it’s just an occasional treat or an owner preference. Whatever your dog’s needs are, it’s important to find the right groomer. We know how hard it can be to find a groomer who delivers the result you want, while also having genuine care and attention for your dog and their grooming experience. It can be heartbreaking to see your dog not enjoying their time at the groomers, or having them come home with less than desirable results! No dog owner wants to see this happen to their dog, so we have set up our dog grooming in Merthyr Tydfil to help families just like yours find the ideal grooming solution.

Royvon has been a family-run business for over 60 years, and it all started at our Merthyr Tydfil location. We want to use our years in business and knowledge to deliver a great experience for your dog, no matter what services they may need. With our training, boarding, and now grooming services, we are committed to working with your dog’s individual needs so that they have a positive time with us! We use all of the latest techniques and knowledge to deliver the right service for you and your dog, every time. 

Our groomer Lauren has proven to be a trustworthy and committed member of staff over her seven years with us at Royvon, with a genuine love for dogs of all kinds. She understands the time and techniques that are needed to deliver an amazing job in a way that your dog accepts, or even enjoys. Her qualifications include: 

  • Apprenticeship level 3 animal care grooming

  • City and guilds level 3 animal care grooming

  • Alison grooming course

  • Protraining first aid (animal and human)

  • Barbacide Covid course (animal industry)

  • PIF disease control course for pet professionals for Covid

  • CPL learning course: protecting from Covid


We offer a number of options for dog grooming in Merthyr Tydfil to suit your needs, whether you’re looking for a one-off groom or regular sessions. We like to treat each dog as an individual, so before your session we will have a discussion about your dog and their grooming needs. 

For puppies, we offer puppy pamper sessions which enable puppies to get used to the grooming experience. These sessions include treats for reinforcement when accepting grooming salon noises, but your puppy won’t be exposed to these noises directly until they’ve had a few sessions. We will also send you images via WhatsApp during the process to reassure you about how your puppy is doing! These sessions are the perfect way to introduce your puppy to the grooming experience, so that they are far more likely to become adult dogs that accept or enjoy regular grooming sessions. 

Our adult dog grooming sessions start with a discussion about your dog’s needs, where Lauren will be able to give you guidance on what we offer. You can then come in to visit the grooming salon with your dog so Lauren can further assess what would work best for them. We are happy to accept reservations without a visit, but final arrangements are not agreed until Lauren has had a chance to inspect the coat of the dog and the possibilities for the service.


If you want to ensure that your dog has a positive grooming experience with someone who really cares about them, then we would love to see you for dog grooming in Merthyr Tydfil! We promise to offer your dog a great groom, with complete transparency about the whole service and what we offer, so there are no nasty surprises! 

To book your professional grooming services at our Merthyr Tydfil location, please message us on our dedicated Royvon Dog Grooming and Spa Facebook page, or get in touch via our website or phone. Don’t forget to like and follow our Facebook and Instagram pages as we sometimes have introductory offers available for new customers- plus, you’ll get to see all of our happy customers and the grooming services we provide!




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