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Sessions for socialisation and training



Most owners are looking for a friendly and playful dog who is also well-trained and has a great bond with the family. The key to this is effective socialisation. Developing a well-socialised puppy doesn’t have to be difficult! Royvon’s Play N’ Train sessions are the perfect sessions for puppy socialisation.

When it comes to socialising your puppy, there are some methods to use to ensure the correct level of socialisation! Essentially, the key is to teach your puppy to be friendly, but their focus should always be on their owner, and not the environment. No matter who they might meet out and about, they should always come back to you when you call them. Developing this skill will allow you to let them off the lead where appropriate, and take them out wherever you go! If you and your pup attend our Play N’ Train sessions regularly, we will help to teach them these skills. During the sessions, we’ll introduce your puppy to various environments to help them accept new things. After all, socialisation is not just about people and other dogs, it’s about everything around your puppy too!

Incorrect socialisation as a puppy can lead to several issues for the adult dog. For example, if a dog is allowed to play and bond with everyone they meet, very soon they will have no motivation to listen to their owner. This means that you’ll have to keep them on a lead at all times, which can be detrimental to their mental enrichment. Instead, they may expend their energy in other ways, becoming anxious or aggressive. So, correct socialisation is a puppy training basic that can help you avoid future issues!

To find out more about the importance of correct puppy socialisation, read this blog post: Puppy socialisation: What’s right and what’s wrong?


These 30 minute puppy classes are a low-cost option that are designed to be attended regularly, to ensure that correct socialisation for your puppy takes place.  They can be booked online using the link below. We usually recommend that you attend a few times a week if possible. The sessions cost £15 on a pay as you go basis, so you have the freedom to try them out before you commit! Each session is led by one of our puppy trainers who will advise you of all the best training techniques so you can continue your training at home. 

We usually recommend attending a range of our different puppy classes to ensure your pup gets the training they need to grow into a well-rounded adult. Our Home Masterclasses are a popular option for many puppy owners. Here, you can learn all the training basics and our methods while your puppy is undergoing their vaccinations. Then, once they can attend our classes you’ll already have a headstart! Find out more about our Masterclass option here



Do you dream of having a puppy who is friendly and loving, but also well behaved enough to come out and about everywhere with you? Our Play N’ Train sessions can help make this a reality! Learning the correct way to socialise your puppy is vital for achieving this, and we want to use our 60 plus years in business to share our knowledge with you. If you want your new addition to grow into a dog to be proud of, we are here to help every step of the way. 

To find out more about all of the puppy training options we offer at Esher, please visit our main puppy training page here. We are happy to advise you of the best combination of classes and sessions for your individual needs, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch or book a call using the button below!




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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