Royvon Dog Training Schools

General FAQs

Why is Royvon different from other dog training schools?
Royvon is the first and leading specialists for residential training, therefore has had the time and experience to perfect the service and stay head & shoulders above the competition.  Additionally, because Royvon is a residential school, there are Teams of experts on-site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  There are also a wide variety of Trainers, each with their own areas of expertise, including Trainers that also excel in behaviour management, health care and diet, First Aid and specialty training.  Therefore, regardless of the course chosen, you know you are receiving the best possible service.

Don't I need to be part of the training experience?
There are certainly advantages to having the dog owner involved in the training experience, and residential training is no exception: The owner must learn and practise the skills to experience the same results the Trainer did - there is only a short period of time the dog and owner are not together, however both are still learning the skills and process for maximum efficiency. Further attractive features and benefits to residential training include that one can have their dog trained while on holiday; having the house re-modelled; during a move or planned surgery... in Addition, it is much easier for many owners to practise obedience on a dog that is already trained, rather than trying to train from scratch while learning & practising at the same time. This is not to say, however, that residential training is for every dog and every dog owner - for a more comprehensive document on the pro's & con's of residential training, please visit the following web page:

Are all dogs trainable?
All dogs are trainable to some degree, It depends on your dogs breed & age.

Is my dog the correct age?
The optimum age for our Complete Training package is normally between 6 and 9 months of age. All dogs are different and their breed and level of maturity is also an important factor. If the opportunity is there to have your dog trained before 12 months of age then we strongly recommend that you take that opportunity as after 12 months of age things can really deteriorate. If you don't have the opportunity and your dog is older than 12 months then we recommend that the training take place as soon as possible. Bad behavior doesn't get better by itself!

Which residential course is best?
All Royvon courses are effective but it depends on what you are looking to get out of them for your dog. If you are unsure which course would best suit your dog and your needs then you can speak with one of our trainers on the phone or arrange an assessment, you will then be able to discuss fully what difficulties your having and what you are looking to gain from the training, the trainer will then be able to advise you on which course would best suit your needs. Our Complete Training Package is our premium option and covers all our available training with an end guarantee.

What training methods are used?
Royvon promotes a positive reinforcement training environment for their guest dogs. Reinforcements will vary from dog to dog and are based on the individual dog's sensitivities and motivations. All desired behaviour is reinforced by a reward, whether it be voice, touch, a toy, play or food, et. al. All unwanted behaviour is either re-directed, or, as needed, corrected. A correction may consist of a voice (i.e. "ah ah", "eh" or "shhh") or another non-harmful method to either mark the unwanted behaviour or break the focus to enable the handler to re-direct the behaviour to something that will earn a reward. Dogs are quick to learn what behaviour earns rewards and what behaviour is either ignored or marked, thus the experience becomes more and more enjoyable for them.

Can I visit the school before I decide to book?
Royvon encourages prospect customers to visit the school at any time during normal business hours to see the facility and if possible, speak to a Trainer or witness a training session or demonstration. Off-peak hours (i.e. weekdays between 2:00 - 4:00) are suggested, as these are the times when there is less activity at the school, meaning more personal attention is more apt to be available. Please see our Open House policy.

What happens if my dog suffers from anxiety?
We will accept bookings for all dogs onto our Complete Training Package but in order for them to be accepted they must pass a 3 day assessment. If we are not able to settle the dog into its new environment then our positive methods cannot work so we will therefore fail the assessment and the dog will need to go home. We provide a full refund of the deposit in this case.

What if my dog suffers anxiety and I'm away on holiday?
We insist that we have a plan B and contact with you, in nearly all cases its fine for the dog to stay at our school but we may have chosen not to continue with training and we will provide the care needed for that particular dog.

How can my dog fail its assessment?
Two reasons. One would be that we cannot motivate the dog so that our positive method does not work and the other is that the learned behaviour is too strong for us to change to meet our set standards.

What happens if my dog has never been in this environment before?
Dogs tend to adjust to new environment easily but to ensure that they are happy we try to make their stay with us a positive experience. We will follow their normal feeding routine and provide them will plenty of exercise which they enjoy.

How do you cater for dogs with aggression towards people or other dogs?
Our environment is essential, we can control the proximity of our stooge dogs. Your dog's trainer will direct co trainers to assist in the necessary controlled environment.

What if my dog is untrainable?
There are very few dogs out there that are deemed "too damaged" to train. While there are no guarantees in regards to any dog's full potential, there are limitless ways to counter-condition, re-shape, control and/or manage a difficult dog and still be able to enjoy a mutually fulfilling life together. If in doubt, schedule a hands-on assessment to discuss the options and possibilities.

What happens if my dog becomes ill?
Every dog is monitored closely while here with us. We have staff onsite 24/7 & a vet on call 24hrs per day. If at any point your dog becomes ill he will be taken the vet immediately.

What is a typical day at Royvon for dogs on a residential training course?
They are taken out of their accommodations twice per day by the accommodations team for exercise and then their trainer will spend 60 to 90 minutes per day depending which residential package they are on. Each dog has its own sleeping area and an adjoining outside run so that they can run and play.

How will I know how the course is progressing?
Our Customer Care Team will provide updates via text and email. The trainer will also telephone you in the 1st week to provide a telephone assessment to discuss the training outcome and answer any of your questions. We also provide you with a dedicated login for our website so that you can read the trainers notes and see what training has been undertaken and monitor their training. If you require additional updates we have extra services we can offer you.

How do I know harsh methods won't be used?
Harsh methods don't work. While there are some people who use such methods and report results, the bottom line is that they are cruel, unnecessary and will very likely destroy the bond the dog has with the handler. Furthermore, in a residential environment, positive training promotes learning - the dog must have a good relationship with their handler to want to train. When the dog does not have such a bond with the Trainer, they will not learn, moreover will become stressed in the Trainer's company - something that can not be hidden from the owner. Dogs don't lie.

Is it possible to choose my Trainer?
Royvon encourages dog owners to review the Trainer biographies and testimonials on the web site and/or ask for advise on what Trainer might be best suited to their dog. Provided the preferred Trainer is available, Royvon will do their very best to allocate them to the requesting client.

What if I can't attend a pre training session?
No problem as we can make up for it at your formal owner tuition. The benefit is that it gives the owner an insight into what happens in the formal owner tuition. As long as you prepare yourself then the result will be equally effective.

Does my dog socialise with other dogs?
Yes once Royvon conducts a temperament test on your dog the trainer will then socialise accordingly with other dogs. All dogs are socialized in safe and monitored environments

Will my dog remember me?
Yes definitely a dog will never forget your scent

What standard should be expected of the training?
Most of the Royvon residential courses include a demonstration with pre-determined exercises. However, please understand that every dog has their own level of learning as a result of both their nature and nurturing. Therefore it is of the utmost importance to work within the guidelines of the dog's sensitivities in order to instil long-term, positively reinforced obedience and behaviour changes. As assessment is included in every course, where such expectations will be outlined for the dog owner with ongoing dialogue encouraged.

Can I visit my dog while at the school?
Visiting a dog during a residential training programme is highly discouraged as there is risk of stressing the dog should they see or catch scent of their owner, the latter of which is most probable. It is much more effective to have the dog settled in the environment and focused on the rewards of training.

What do I need to do once the dog is back home?
It is of paramount importance to have every dog owner learn and practise the methods of training and behaviour shaping used on the dog. Training is an ongoing process, even with the seemingly most obedient dogs - a well balanced dog is forever having their desired behaviour reinforced and unwanted behaviour re-directed! It does become easier and much more rewarding as confidence builds and the dog's behaviour starts shaping to better suit the lifestyle with the owner. In short, your dog's potential is completely within your control - if you are committed, your dog will be too.

Will my dog work for me the same way as with the Trainer?
In addition to providing the owner with a comprehensive tuition to include hands-on instruction of the exact methods used, clients are also provided extensive training notes and other such documentation as needed. Furthermore, the Trainers are in practise of working with each other's dogs on the allocated Trainer's day off - this enables the dog to continue training and learn to respond to different handlers, and for the Trainers to share experiences and make suggestions to increase proficiency.

What if my dog goes back into old/bad habits once home?
Should the dog fall into bad habits once back in the home environment, call your Trainer immediately. As needed, take notes of when and what happened to help the Trainer identify the breakdown and offer effective support. Dogs are opportunists and will be looking for gaps in the new routine, because those gaps are likely rewarding to the dog. And, once the dog has experienced success as the decision maker, the harder it will be to re-establish your position and the less apt the dog will be to listen to you. Consistency is key and small mistakes will add up quickly if the owner does not experience desired results, therefore build their confidence before fully subscribing and adapting to the new and better way of living with their dog.

Can I take my dog on holiday with me immediately following the programme?
Taking a dog on holiday immediately following the programme is not recommended as the owner has not had the time to practise the skills, therefore risk the probability of finding themselves in a challenging situation unprepared to calmly divvy the necessary commands and reinforce behaviour in a timely and effective manner. A dog will fall into old habits when allowed to do so, and exposing such weakness to the dog so quickly will be damaging to the process of the obedience path that has been carved.

What is the cost of your Complete Training Package?
We offer significant discounts for advanced bookings and for dogs to arrive at low season periods, we therefore suggest that you contact us to obtain a quotation, prices start at £495 + Vat for both the 10 day intensive and the preferred 3 week course. We require a non refundable deposit of £100 to secure a booking and the balance is paid on course completion.


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