Dog training in the North Cotswolds
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.
We have our own sheep, horses and access to chickens and other livestock so can help train your dog steadiness and recall in any situation.
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.
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.
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.
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
Right from our first lesson, Rod taught us the tools to engage with Rolo and ‘speak his language’. We
saw instant results, Rolo was engaged, calmer and most of all, enjoying himself. Through following Rod’s
guidance, training and support we have been able to practice these techniques away from the lessons
and now have the makings of a wonderfully trained dog who knows his place in his ‘human’ pack. He is
now extremely responsive to several whistle commands, which are becoming second nature to him and,
most of all, Rolo enjoys interacting and pleasing us and understanding what his is meant to do, which
makes for a very happy Lab!
We started out just expecting to have six lessons but as we saw the fantastic progress we were making,
we decided to continue with Rod.
We would highly recommend Rod, either joining his puppy classes, or like us, having one to one hourly
lessons. He has made an amazing difference to our relationship with Rolo and we are overjoyed! The
lessons are conducted in an extremely safe environment where the dogs can also be ‘dogs’ as it is fully
Simon and Emma
Some of the puppies cooling off at a very warm puppy class last week. A small paddling pool or suitable container can be a fun way to keep your dogs cool in the hot weather.