About Suzanne Hantke

I trained as an EMT in NY, than recertified in Atlanta. I loved being an EMT and was involved with it for several years. I worked on the “Rainbow Response Unit” at Egleston’s Children’s Hospital in Atlanta, and when not on a call, worked in the PICU and NICU, which was both a blessing as well as a heartache because I learned and saw so much. Helping to create a child safety seat for ambulances was my way of making sure children who were already compromised health-wise, would not be put in any more danger. When I realiized I could no longer be an EMT due to medical reasons, I found an alternate outlet for my desire to nuture and protect; I became a dog trainer...something that was always a second love and passion for me. Now, whenever possible, I combine my passion for children and canines by working to make the world a safer place for both. Suzanne is a member of the PedSafe Expert team

Website: http://www.homeinsteadofalone.com

Articles by Suzanne

Service Dogs in Schools? What Do You Need to Know?

Service Dogs in Schools? What Do You Need to Know?

There are many questions and concerns involving the use of Service Dogs by children in schools, but it is becoming a recurring theme in the news of late. So I decided to write a post about it to better educate parents in case this becomes an issue in your school. What are the pros and cons? Do the pros outweigh the cons? Are there risks to your child both physically and educationally by having a dog... 

How Can Regular Vet Visits Help Keep Your Kids Safe Too? Part2

How Can Regular Vet Visits Help Keep Your Kids Safe Too? Part2

Last month I discussed with you many of the diseases that we vaccinate our pets against and how they can or cannot affect our children. This is the link to the first article just in case you missed it, because I feel this is very important subject for anyone who has kids and pets in the same household. In this article, I want to continue with this important topic, and discuss other diseases that our... 

How Can Regular Vet Visits Help Keep Your Kids Safe Too? Part1

How Can Regular Vet Visits Help Keep Your Kids Safe Too? Part1

I want to preface this post by saying that recently, many of my clients who know I write articles here about child and pet safety have started to ask me many questions relating to health issues that affect dogs, and wondering which ones, if any, may affect their children as well. While colds and flu’s are hitting everyone around us pretty hard this year, and seem to be hanging on for a long time,... 

How To Travel Safely For The Holidays With Pets AND Kids

How To Travel Safely For The Holidays With Pets AND Kids

As I have said previously in numerous previous posts, I love that our dogs have become so much a ‘member of the family’ that many would not give it a second thought to bring them along on their holiday travels, or include them in their holiday plans. But there are several things you can do to ensure that you, your pets, your kids, and others around you also have an enjoyable holiday as well. For... 

Halloween, Kids and Pets …Ensure a Fun Holiday For All: Part II

Halloween, Kids and Pets …Ensure a Fun Holiday For All: Part II

Last year at exactly this same time, I wrote an article on this site about some of the potential dangers of Halloween for your kids and pets and gave some advice on how to avoid some of those dangers. Most of that advice was focused on avoiding situations that could put your pets (and the children that are with them) in harm’s way. However, I am also quite aware that any advice, no matter how well... 

Surprising Similarities Between Child Raising and Dog Training

Surprising Similarities Between Child Raising and Dog Training

Having been a professional dog trainer for many years, there is always one pitfall we trainers have to be careful to avoid when talking to customers and that is using ‘dog speak’ – or terminology that is very well known among us in the canine world, but to the everyday person means nothing.  So to avoid this I use numerous analogies during my training sessions to make sure my clients understand...