My Pack


      Trey was our baby and received his name because he was the third dog at the

time that we acquired him.  He is now ten years old and the reigning "old man" and

was found as a baby at a boat marina by some friends of ours.  He is a German Shepherd

and Lab mix and is our pack watch dog.  He guards our "perimeter" and keeps us on alert

to any infiltrators.  He is quite proud of his ability to scare away the UPS man after

he makes his delivery. Little does he know that the UPS man would be on his  way with

or without his watchful eye.  Trey loves to chase squirrels and bunnies in our one-acre

yard and also enjoys a great game of ball.  He is seen here on vacation on the shore of 

Sebago Lake, Maine.  His favorite place on earth! He has also earned his Pet Therapy

certification and goes to Salem Elementary School which he really loves to do but he is

afraid of the scary linoleum tile!

"We are extremely pleased to have Dream Dogs on-site to offer our clients an opportunity to work with their dogs.  The class offers a wonderful variety of basic commands to improve the bond between dog and owner". 

Margaret & Harley

Cary, NC

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My Certifications & Commitments


      Robina Thornton is a certified dog trainer and behavior consultant. She has been a dog lover all of her life and trained her first dog when she was only 12 years old. She has a gift for connecting with animals; they respond to her almost  immediately.  After over 20 years in corporate America in the software industry, she broke free to devote herself to training canines and educating owners to create a positive relationship between them. Robina completed an intensive six months hands-on training program to solidify her dog training knowledge.   She graduated from K9 Solutions Academy in 2009 where she participated in kennel operations, private in-home consults, and taught group classes. Robina has a unique approach that she has developed through years of personal experience and research.  Robina will teach you how important your body language can be to get your dog to comply and understand your commands. She will also make sure you have a chance to apply what you are learning throughout the process whether you attend group, semi-private or private sessions. "Following my passion as a second career is truly a blessing."

Robina has developed several programs, each designed to achieve specific results. Her approach is not one size fits all.

Some of Robina's programs include:
Bootcamp - training in my home for several weeks
Public Manners Weekly Walks
Standard, Extended, & Off Leash Obedience Training
Behavior Modification

About The Trainer


Leading your canine to be the dog of your dreams

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Jo & Wilma

Raleigh, NC

Obedience 101 was a lifesaver for our new rescue dog and for us; the class was excellent. Robina is a fantastic teacher!

Judy, Laney and Nicky

Cary, NC

I would highly recommend Dream Dogs Obedience and Public Manners classes. My dogs and I had wonderful experiences. The rewards of a well-mannered, obedient dog are priceless!

Dr. Max Gilvey, Owner

Parkway Animal Hospital

Robina is a wonderful coach and dog trainer.  She was especially good with my 9 year old daughter who wanted to take the lead with training our dog. 


Paws in Training and

Hope Animal Rescue in Durham have joined together

to participate in NC's

New Leash On Life program.  Helping inmates train rescue dogs for improved adoption into forever homes.  She is a volunteer trainer. 

Full Member of The Association of Pet Dog Trainers

National Organization Promoting Professional & Reward Based Training