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1-2-1 Training Sessions



Are you looking for a stress-free experience that teaches puppy training using play and motivating your puppy with positive methods? Then our Puppy Life Skills sessions would be perfect! We know that finding the right training for you and your dog can be overwhelming and confusing. So, we want to use our 60 plus years of dog training expertise to help you.

Our Puppy Life Skills sessions are 1-2-1 training sessions that are designed to teach your puppy the good behaviours they need. At Royvon, we are passionate about the benefits that positive training methods, can have for dogs of all ages. So, during our Puppy Life Skills sessions, we use play to motivate your puppy into following instructions. The result is a happy, well-rounded dog who will follow your guidance into adulthood. The purpose of 1-2-1 sessions is to provide support that’s completely tailored to you and your dog. These sessions are ideal for puppy owners who want to work on specific things, or to work on an individual basis instead of a group session. Charlie and our other trainers will take into account your personal environment and needs to come up with a personalised plan for each puppy. They’ll then work on a 1-2-1 basis to help train you on how to train your puppy! The sessions last for 45 minutes, and you’ll then be given ‘homework’ to carry on the good work and practice at home. 

These sessions have a big focus on owner training. While positive training methods are the best way to getting results, they do need you, as the puppy owner, to be completely on board. So, we also include a high level of owner training, so that you know how to continue the good work with your dog throughout their life. This also ensures that you will build a strong and trusting relationship with your dog from the very beginning. This is vital for effective training and developing your puppy into a dog to be proud of!



Our 1-2-1 Puppy Life Skills sessions are really easy to set up and can be booked online using the link below! All of our puppy training sessions are pay as you go, so you have the freedom to try out different options before you settle on what’s best for you. We usually suggest a mixture of Puppy Life Skills and our Play N’ Train sessions so that your puppy gets to experience a range of training sessions with us.

Puppy Life Skills are 45 minute sessions, either at our Esher location or virtually over Zoom. We can also offer home visits. Prices vary depending on location so please get in touch to find out more. All you need to do is turn up, ready to work on your chosen areas! We will also be able to advise you on any further important areas of training that you need to work on. 

Sessions can either be bought on an individual basis, or at a reduced rate for a block pack of sessions. Please book your individual sessions using the button below, or contact us to book a pack. 

Don’t wait to start your puppy training journey! We’re here to support you in a positive and fun environment, so that your puppy learns all of the skills they need through a positive combination of play and rewards. Not sure what the best option for you is? Please give us a call so we can advise you on how to get the best puppy training results!



Our 1-2-1 Puppy Life Skills training sessions will help you build the relationship you want with your puppy, right from the start of your life together. We know how stressful it can be with all sorts of training advice out there. So, we’ll provide personalised information on the best way forward based on your unique circumstances. Don’t leave it to chance and simply hope you read the right articles that help you train your puppy properly! Instead, put all your hard work and efforts towards positive training methods that help your puppy to thrive. Motivating your puppy in the right way from a young age will help them to learn positively throughout their life. So, if you’re looking to develop your adorable pup into a dog you can be proud of, one who you can take anywhere with you, then Royvon are here to help you achieve just that!




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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