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Working with you to give you your BEST dog ever!

Meet the trainers:

  • Eric Nierman
    Eric NiermanOwner and Dog Trainer
    • Associate member of the International Association of Canine Professionals
    • Enjoys working with dogs and is active in local dog events
    • Traveled across North America and Canada to learn from the best dog trainers
    • Experienced in multiple styles and methods of dog training
    • Loves outdoor activities and anything involving music
    • Spending time with his family and dogs


  • Krystal Nierman
    Krystal NiermanOwner and Director of Training
    • Professional trainer since 2008
    • Professional member of the International Association of Canine Professionals
    • Certified S.T.A.R Puppy and Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
    • Committed to helping all breeds of dogs, big and small
    • Developed a passion for helping people and their pets
    • Spoken multiple times at local dog events and seminars on canine behavior, body language, and handling.
    • Spends her spare time with her three beautiful children, Alaska, Raider, and Reign; her loving husband, Eric; and their three dogs

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  • Stephanie Ramsey
    Stephanie RamseyDog Trainer
    • Committed to teaching responsible dog ownership, including safety methods and action triggers
    • Actively improving the welfare of stray and neglected dogs through foster programs
    • Avid researcher and promoter of natural dog health remedies
    • Frequently involved in local shelter events and volunteer work
    • Enjoys hiking and playing frisbee with her dogs

Meet Krystal and Eric

Krystal started training dogs in 2008. She is very active in the dog community. Starting off with volunteer work at Animal Care and Control where she assisted with spay and neuters as well as interning at a vet office. She was later an adviser to the Allen County SPCA. While serving the SPCA she trained their volunteers and staff on canine body language and behavior. Both Krystal and Eric are active members of the International Association of Canine Professionals and have been on the board of the Fort Wayne Pit Bull Coalition helping many bully dogs in need.

Krystal and Eric met at an 8th grade Christmas Dance.  It was love at first sight and they have been together now for 13 years. They have three children all 4 years and under; Alaska, Raider and Reign. They also have three dogs; a Miniature Schnauzer Terrier named Pepper, a Pit-Bull/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix named Kaster, and a Neapolitan Mastiff named Morgyn. They also have two cats and a crested gecko.

They love dogs and love even more to help people enjoy their pets. Before they become dog trainers, they had a Pit Bull Terrier named Korben who was the best dog they ever had. But Korben had an unknown emotional disorder where he would randomly lash out at people and dogs he knew already and liked. One moment he would be perfect, loving everyone and everything then instantly he would become aggressive.   When Krystal and Eric were trying to get control of him during these aggressive episodes, he nipped Krystal twice and Eric once on two separate occations.

What Korben had was not a “Pit Bull” problem. He fell inside a fraction of a percent of dogs having a disorder which was unknown and unpredictable with no known triggers. Korben’s behavior prompted them to get help from the professionals and after seeing the possibilities they have been devoted to helping others strengthen their human-canine bond ever since.

Meet Steph

Stephanie Ramsey grew up in Gaffney, South Carolina and gained a love for animals on her grandparent’s farm. She helped raise and care for a variety of species, including horses, bulls, chickens, goats, peacocks, and dogs. Stephanie took a break from animal life in 2004, when she received a full ride to the University of South Carolina to pursue her dream of music. After graduating, Stephanie moved to Greenville and started a pack of her own. Her three dogs include a Boxer, Central Asian Shepherd, and an American Pit Bull Terrier. After she noticed some slightly aggressive behavior between her pups, Stephanie started looking for answers on how to balance out her pack. In her desire to help her own dogs, she began to research training techniques and became passionate about the topic. When she found The Dog Psychology and Training Center, Stephanie knew she had found her true calling—helping families like her own better understand their pets. After long-term training with Eric and Krystal, Stephanie began as a full-time dog trainer in 2016. She has become committed to teaching responsible dog ownership, including safety methods and canine body language. She is also an avid promoter of natural dog health remedies and is dedicated to continuing her education so that she may one day become a dog behavioralist. When Stephanie isn’t working at DPTC, she spends her free time hiking and playing frisbee with her family and dogs.