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At Royvon Esher, we know that dog owners love their pets, and want to be the best pet parents possible. However, sometimes circumstances get in the way, and it would be easier for someone else to train your dog so that you can enjoy them to their best potential! If you hate feeling embarrassed by your dog, or their behaviour is causing arguments within the family, then our dog boot camp may be just what you need. Our dog training boot camp programme uses all of the latest training methods to help your pooch become far more well-behaved and pleasant to be around! If you want all of the best training without the stress, find out more about our boot camp for dogs here. We’re based in Esher, Surrey, but take clients from all over the Surrey area, London, and beyond for residential boot camp stays. 



Here at Royvon, we have been a family business for over 60 years. We have a number of training programmes to suit different needs, as we know that every dog is different. As for our boot camp, we operate it because we know how hard it can be, trying to train your dog to the best of their ability. We understand that a lot of anguish can occur when you love your dog, but they just don’t behave in the way you want. Whether they are anxious, aggressive, or simply misbehaving, training should be a priority. Not to mention, there is so much information out there, that it can be frustrating trying to navigate it all to find the best solution. So, why not take advantage of our residential dog boot camp programmes in Esher and let us do the hard work for you?

We are constantly learning and reviewing our methods to ensure our trainees benefit from the best available! Furthermore, we were pioneers in the residential dog training space. So our boot camp for dogs comes with a long history of providing training that really works and leads to more harmony in the home. 

We know that every single dog is different, and all families have different circumstances. As a result, we can use our years of knowledge and experience to tailor each dog training boot camp to suit every individual guest and their needs. 



No matter what issues your dog may be struggling with, from simple obedience to major aggression, we have a plan and a boot camp for dogs programme to suit them at Royvon Esher. For aggressive or reactive dogs we have our Behaviour Modification Programme and for dogs who have control challenges then we offer our Complete Training Programme. These programmes are broadly similar in the methods that we use and the great results we can gain. Where they differ is that, on the Behaviour Modification Programme, your trainer will spend a significant amount of time working with your dog to desensitise them to their individual challenges. Therefore, less emphasis is placed on obedience.

On the Complete dog training boot camp, the training is purely obedience-focused, and is as such suited to dogs who have obedience problems alone. If you’re not sure which dog boot camp programme would be best for your dog, we’d be happy to talk to you and advise you on the best option! And, if you’d like to try out our training before you commit to the residential stay that comes with our boot camp options, we’d welcome you coming in for a 1-2-1 training session. Here, one of our trainers can work with your dog to assess them and their needs, and give you further advice on which boot camp for dogs would be best for you. 

But what happens next? Well, we know that owner training is also very important, so you can work with your dog to keep them on track and enjoy your new lifestyle together! So, we offer an owner training session on the collection of your dog at the end of your programme. You are then welcome to join our group owner sessions on a Saturday or Sunday in the Esher area. After this, you will need to be proactive in your approach for the first month. Subsequently, you can decide if more aggressive dog training is needed, or if you are happy with your new level of knowledge! Usually, those with younger dogs rarely need further training, but some owners decide they need further support. There is no shame in whatever you choose! 

We know how frustrating it can be to have a dog that just doesn’t behave properly! That’s why we are here to support you and your dog as they learn new skills, helping them to develop into perfect family pets that the whole family can enjoy. Please give us a call today to discuss our programme, your individual needs, or to book an assessment at our Esher location!



Not convinced that our dog boot camp training programmes are the right fit for you and your dog? Simply check out our video case studies below to see many dogs that we have helped on our Behaviour Modification and Complete training programmes, at our Esher location and beyond!

You may feel helpless to stop your dog’s behaviour, and feel like it’s impossible to have a well-behaved dog when you just don’t have the time or knowledge to fully train them yourselves. We promise that it’s not! Royvon’s proven boot camp for dogs will allow you to live a happy life with your pooch. Our experience has shown us that no matter how your dog is behaving now, it doesn’t have to stay this way! In fact, our dog training boot camp programmes can help you avoid even bigger problems in the future, as well as allowing you and your dog to have a more harmonious relationship today. Our dog boot camp in Esher will take you from a person who was completely limited in where they could go and what they could do with their dog, to someone with a happy family pet who can be taken anywhere! 

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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