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WHAT IS ROYVON’S PUPPY DAY SCHOOL?

Our puppy day school option is designed for those owners who have busy lifestyles and are looking for a little more support in their training efforts. The sessions involve your puppy spending some positive time away from you to not only learn training basics, but also to grow their confidence and learn correct socialisation techniques. During the sessions, we focus on positive training using play to motivate them. Play is an often forgotten about essential when it comes to training. Usually, food rewards aren’t enough for puppies outside of the home. This is because they tend to find the new environments around them far more interesting than your treat! This can lead to some owners trying the negative training approach, where the dog feels threatened to listen to their owner. While this may work, it often results in a very poor relationship between dog and owner and an unhappy dog. We believe that positive training is the only effective way forward, but it MUST involve play to get the best results! Our puppy school sessions are designed to introduce this concept to your dog and you as their owner. It will help you to develop a great relationship with your dog, where they will trust and look up to you, which is the basis for all good training!

Here at Royvon, we speak to many owners with now-adult dogs. Many of them are experiencing similar issues, along the lines of, “my dog used to follow me everywhere as a puppy, they’d want to be with me all the time and follow all my directions! I worked so hard but now my adult dog doesn’t even pay attention to me on walks, so I’m really restricted with where I can take them because I can let them off the lead!” This is an emotional time for owners, but with the correct puppy training, it doesn’t have to be this way! This is an issue that we’ve been seeing for years. But, when the UK locked down in Spring 2020, we switched our puppy services to provide support over Zoom. It was a real eye-opener to learn exactly where puppy owners were going wrong! We found that many of them were being too strict and exercise-focused with their training. This meant that it was boring for the puppies and they lost interest quickly. This just cemented our opinion that play is absolutely crucial to motivate your puppy and ensure they follow your direction in adulthood too, which is why we focus so heavily on play in these sessions. 

If you’re new to puppy training, the idea of involving play may seem unnecessary to aid the training process. However, it really is a crucial part of training! Our puppy school sessions are here to help your puppies engage with their training and learn the benefits that can come with following directions. Dogs usually come to our puppy day school for one day per week after their injections, but this can increase when they get older. They’ll be with us at Royvon for three to four hours. During this time, they’ll receive all of our great puppy training and motivations, including play of course! Also, they will get to play with dogs their own age and some suitable older dogs. Getting the opportunity to play with suitable older dogs, with proper management from us, will teach the puppies a different set of skills compared to playing with those their own age, so it’s always recommended!

HOW TO GET STARTED

Usually, our puppy school is booked on a month’s contract (usually one session per week for four weeks). You can then book any additional owner training sessions (which are vital for effective training) on a pay as you go basis. If you then decide to increase your pup’s day school sessions with us to three times per week, the owner training sessions are included in the monthly programme. 

We’re proud of the programme of puppy training options we have built here at Royvon. They all work in conjunction with each other to deliver the best results for you! Puppy school on its own isn’t recommended, as a higher level of owner training and involvement is required to get good results. The programme works best with a mixture of Day School, our Play N’ Train sessions, and our Puppy Life Skills 1-2-1 sessions

Our puppy school prices:

  • 4 sessions per month (1 day per week): £146
  • 8 sessions per month (2 days per week): £293
  • 12 sessions per month (3 days per week): £440. This option also includes four sessions of owner training worth £100! These are charged at £25 per session with the other options. 

Please contact us using the button below if you’d like to discuss our Puppy Day School or any other training options available! If you wish to proceed, you can pay for one month upfront and then decide what to do on a monthly basis, offering flexibility to you. 

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PUPPY TRAINING DOESN’T HAVE TO BE DIFFICULT WITH OUR PUPPY DAY CARE!

Every new puppy owner wants to develop their pup into a dog to be proud of. Our puppy training options are designed to help you raise your pup with confidence so that they are a well-rounded, well-behaved, and happy dog that the whole family bonds with! If you want your puppy to learn the correct socialisation techniques and positive behaviours, we are here to support you at every step of the way. You can find out more about all of our puppy training options here, or please get in touch to discuss your individual needs. 

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THE ROYVON STORY

A TRUE FAMILY BUSINESS

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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