Contact us for all of your training needs.  We offer group classes as well as individual assistance.

Dates for the next Aiken classes will be 
Wednesday MORNINGS
April 17 - May 22, 2019.
​Click on the "Classes" page for additional information.
The date for the next Pack Walk   is
THURSDAY, April 25, 2019 at 11:00 AM.
Pat's Female Dalmatian, as Derby's last Pack Walk.  Derby has
terminal cancer, and we want to make her last 3 days, or
3 weeks, very special for her.  PLEASE consider
joining us.

Each Pack Walk begins at the corner of Laurens Street and Barnwell Avenue in Aiken, near the former Betsy's Restaurant.
The Pack Walk will be cancelled if it is raining that day.

Please check our Pack Walk page for additional information.

Take the Lead, Inc. will help you socialize your dog and teach him/her basic commands and skills. Together, you will develop a relationship based on communication, trust, and respect.

Serving South Carolina's Aiken and Edgefield Counties.

​About Us
Take the Lead, Inc. was formed in 2007 by our head trainer, Patricia A. (Pat) Czaikowski.

​Pat has more than 20 years experience as a canine trainer.  She served as Senior Lead Instructor for a canine obedience training school in West Grove, PA, where she worked for 10 years for Virginia (Ginny) Dorsman. Ginny is certified by the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors (NADOI).  Ginny is certified by the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors (NADOI). Pat specializes in puppy behavior, and is qualified and experienced in temperament testing of puppies. She served as Training Director for a major pet supply chain headquartered in Wilmington, DE, where her duties included planning and organizing the canine training program, and training instructors and assistants. She has experience as a handler in AKC Sponsored Dog Conformation Shows. Pat currently works as a handler with her Therapy Dog (Ch Folklore's Fantasy Tour CD, BN, GN, RE, CGCA), "Holden",  who is certified with the Aliance of Therapy Dogs (ATD).

Pat's professional training includes:

  • American Red Cross Pet First Aid, Chadds Ford, PA
  • Mary Thompson Tracking Seminar, Fair Hill, MD
  • Clicker Training Seminar, Newark, DE
  • Patricia McConnell Animal Behavior, Mebane, NC
  • Trish King Canine Aggression, Mebane, NC
  • Canine Massage Seminar, West Chester, PA
  • American Red Cross Pet First Aid, Bethlehem, PA
  • APDT Educational Conference, King of Prussia, PA
  • Hannah Branigan Seminar "Beyond FUNdamentals", Columbia, SC
  • Denise Fenzi Seminar "Handler's Choice for Obedience", Columbia, SC

​Pat's professional certifications include:
  • American Red Cross Pet First Aid and CPR
  • ​American Kennel Club, S.T.A.R Puppy, Canine Good Citizen, and Community Good Citizen Evaluator
  • ​Member, Association of Professional Dog Trainers, #69004
Take the Lead, Inc. provides a variety of services, including:
  1. Private Lessons
    1:1 training for you and your canine companion.
  2. Group lessons
    Training in a group setting. From puppies through already well-mannered adults.
  3. Temperament testing
    How stubborn is your new friend going to be? Is he going to need extra attention to overcome personality challenges?