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At Royvon, we know how much you love your dog. They’re part of the family! But, we also know that most families have to travel from time to time, for a holiday, family commitments, or something else. Your beloved pet can’t always come with you, and that can cause a lot of apprehension and stress. That’s where our dog boarding in Esher comes in.

There are a lot of possible solutions to your problem. You could ask a friend, a pet sitter, or another service to look after your dog. But, this never feels quite right. You worry about things that could go wrong. Plus, you don’t know who you can truly trust! Who has the right experience and credentials? What will happen to your dog in their care? How do you know they won’t let you down? What if you choose the wrong solution, and your 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, we understand all of these concerns. We want to work with you to provide the right solution, so you can give your family peace of mind!



Often, a lot of the stress that comes with finding the right care for your dog comes from leaving it a bit late! You’ve already booked your travel plans, and are hoping that you can find the perfect solution! But, by having a reliable care provider in place before you travel, a lot of your anxiety can be reduced.

At Royvon, we aim to be the solution you can provide for your family again and again. We would never want any family to be forced into making a dog care decision on the spot that they’re not 100% sure about. That’s why we encourage our guest’s families to plan ahead, so they and their dog are 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 without notice! Let us help you help your dog become ‘travel ready’ any time, by letting our qualified staff care for them, allowing you to worry less and avoid trying to find a last-minute solution.



We’re really proud of the service we offer. In fact, dogs that enjoy the company of humans and other dogs actually love their time at Royvon! We want to help as many families as possible enjoy their time away with our dog boarding in Esher! You shouldn’t have to worry about any family members before you travel, including your dog! Everything should be about looking forward to the amazing travel you have planned. But what about your pet? You want them to have fun too! That’s why we offer a range of activities to keep your dog mentally and physically stimulated throughout their stay with us.

Worried about missing your family member? Don’t fear! We know that you want to see your pet every day. So, we offer daily photo updates through Facebook so you know what they’ve been up to. Our aim is to be 100% transparent. And, because our guests love staying at Royvon, we’re sure they’ll enjoy their holiday just as much as you!

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

We offer two different boarding packages at Royvon Esher. These are our standard Classic Dog Boarding option, and our new Concierge Dog Boarding Esher option, which is perfect for those who’d like a few extra conveniences! 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 Esher. If your dog is particularly anxious, or you’re not sure about leaving them for boarding, we have a number of ways in which you can contact us. Firstly, you can complete our Enquiry Form by clicking the button below. This is so we can answer any queries, advise you on what we offer, and provide quotations based on your usual travel arrangements. This is great as a 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 Esher 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 our environment. This can be a day care stay or a taster of our overnight boarding. We have various options to suit every dog and make sure we’re the right fit for your family. In a personalised report card that you receive after every visit while your dog is getting used to us, we may recommend more introductory stays to help your precious friend become more settled and happy to attend for a longer period when you do travel.

We find that our stepped approach is the perfect way to introduce anxious or nervous dogs to a new environment over a number of sessions and weeks. Our experienced team uses all of the best methods to help each individual settle in, depending on their unique needs. This means that they are far more likely to enjoy their stay with us, and you can have peace of mind while you are away.

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We’re a third-generation family business that’s passionate about dogs! All of our staff are professionally trained in dog care, with a mixture of external and internal training so we’re all on the same page. Plus, there’s a whole team behind your dog who all have their best interests at heart, no matter what they may be. Our Managing Director, Darren, is dedicated to staying ahead of the 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.

We’re also a finalist in the 2020 PIF Kennel of the Year Awards, so our great facilities and the amazing team have been recognised for the care we provide to your family pets!

In our boarding and training practices, we use all the latest 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! You can find reviews from plenty of happy pet parents on Feefo, Google, Facebook, and our social media pages.

We help you find the right dog boarding solution for your family. Please get in touch today to discuss your requirements- we’d love to have your dog stay with us, and let you save the day by finding the right solution for everyone!




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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