Hrolla Dog Training

Fully secure training grounds, comprising of 10 acres mixed terrain, ranging from sheltered grass paddock to an arable terrain field and a steadying paddock. Based near Chipping Norton our outdoor facilities offer real life distractions in a beautiful part of the North Cotswold countryside.

As well as puppy, junior, adult obedience and gun dog training we specialise in training dogs in realistic situations, preparing owners and dogs to enjoy the countryside or park. From sheep worrying, barking at horses and chasing game the countryside can be full of distractions.

Our Over Norton training ground is located in the north Oxfordshire Cotswolds near Chipping Norton and is ideally situated to serve Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and Gloucestershire. Close to Banbury, Bicester, Oxford, Shipston on Stour, Moreton in Marsh, Stow on the Wold, Witney, Burford.

About us

Rod Coombes MGoDT           

Rod runs Hrolla Dog Training and is a Master Trainer with The Guild of the Dog Trainers, he has owned and trained many dogs over a 40 year period from Terriers to Great Danes.

At Present Rod has two German Shorthaired Pointers and has a lot of experience with HPR’s training them for competing in tests, trials, shooting or just well behaved pets.

In addition to general dog obedience Rod also specialises in training dogs and owners to enjoy the countryside safely, using various training techniques to help people gain control of their dogs around livestock, game and wildlife.

He has a 10 acre purpose built secure training facility and has appeared on BBC television discussing sheep worrying and demonstrating how dogs can be trained to be steady around livestock, also various local radio and press interviews.

Over the years he has found that each dog is different and no one training method works, using a calm, quiet, firm but fair approach to training and by assessing each dog and owner individually adapts his methods and techniques to suit.

Rod believes that it takes a well informed owner to produce a well trained and happy dog and his training is geared as much towards the handling skills of the owner as it is the training of the dog.

Rod also offers behavioural consultations and advice, training and behaviour often go hand in hand and to be a successful trainer you have to be able to identify and deal with behavioural problems.


We offer an excellent range of dog training, puppy to adult both on a one to one basis or in groups, using positive training for a well behaved dog to be proud of. 

Countryside course, giving you confidence to enjoy the countryside with your dog.

Problems solved such as recall, livestock chasing and behavioural issues. 

Gun dog training for competition, shooting or just fun. The arable field and steadying paddock are ideal for gun dog training with plenty of distractions and different situations.

Group classes include:

  • Puppy socialisation/training,
  • Junior group, 
  • Obedience group,
  • Gun dog groups.

 We are able to offer the best option for owner and dog whatever the breed or problem.

 All of the training takes place out side in real life situations.


My 20 month old Springer (Bert) and I have been working with Rod for around 6 weeks. Over this short time I’ve realised how little I know and understand my dog and why he is frequently confused and disobedient. I have also realised that dog training is not really dog training at all, it is owner training! I’ve been enormously grateful to Rod for his patience, wisdom and sense of humour. It is such a pleasure to work with a trainer who respects and empathises with dogs as much as Rod does. Both Bert and I have appreciated his calm assertive manner and intelligent approach. I would recommend Rod unreservedly.

Elaine Morten

 We were fortunate to get our Hungarian Vizsla puppy Zola from a good working line. Although we originally only wanted a pet dog suited to our outdoor interests we soon realised she had the potential to do more and thought we owed it to her to give her a chance to test her gundog working ability. Being our first dog we didn’t know where to start and following puppy training, we joined Rod Coombes for HPR gundog training. Rod uses positive training methods that have rewarded the right behaviours and helped us make good progress. We now have a happy dog that is keen to please and she really enjoys her ‘work’. I’ve learned it’s not just dog training it’s handler too and Rod is great at observing us both together and coming up with approaches to situations to enable us both to be successful. The training has been tailored to our aspirations and we have been competing in Working Tests with good results and in a recent Spring Pointing test was one of only two dogs graded ‘Good’. Rod shows real interest in our progress and we are very grateful for what he has helped us achieve and the rewarding relationship we now have with Zola. There’s still more potential for both of us and Rod will help us find it.

Mike Messanger

Rod I have to tell you what a brilliant dog Enzo has been. We took him to the Cotswold show at the weekend and he was fab. He did not bark any more than the average dog and seemed to relax even having a go at the scurry and the agility course with my son.  Never thought we would get to this kind of place with him but I guess it must be a combination of the change of diet and training that has made him chill out!   Anyway I just wanted to say thank you for all your input as we couldn’t have got this far without your help.   And of course we didn’t get far without people stopping us all the time to stroke him. 

Helen & Enzo