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

How to Include The Family Dog In Summer Trips & Activities

How to Include The Family Dog In Summer Trips & Activities

Last updated on July 17th, 2021 at 09:21 pmRight around Christmas time, I wrote an article about safely traveling for the holidays with your pet. We touched on many things from car safety (using proper harnesses and seat-belts and being in the back seat) to night-safety guidelines and which ‘tools’ were the best to use and which ones to leave at home (with respect to leashes and collars). If you... 

Helping a Child Who’s Afraid of Dogs Through Their Fear

Helping a Child Who’s Afraid of Dogs Through Their Fear

Last updated on March 16th, 2021 at 02:47 pmAbout two months ago, we discussed the ‘overly confident’ child around strange dogs….. We discussed teaching them the appropriate ways to approach, and the right questions to ask before petting any dog they did not know. Now I want to discuss the flip side of that….. The shy, quiet, or fearful child. I would like to teach you some skills to help your... 

Surprising Similarities Between Child Raising and Dog Training

Surprising Similarities Between Child Raising and Dog Training

Last updated on December 20th, 2020 at 04:07 pmHaving 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... 

Building a Child’s Confidence Through Dog Training

Building a Child’s Confidence Through Dog Training

Last updated on November 8th, 2020 at 02:51 pmMany people who know me and are friends with me now, have a very hard time believing that it was not that long ago that I was a nervous, insecure person with horrible self esteem, and no self confidence. And there are two things in my life that I credit for this miraculous turn around. The first was finding the 12-step fellowship program of Narcotics Anonymous,... 

Mom is Sick. How to Avoid Kids & Dog Taking Charge

Mom is Sick. How to Avoid Kids & Dog Taking Charge

Last updated on May 4th, 2020 at 11:48 amProfessional dog trainers talk a lot about being the ‘pack leader’ and setting solid rules, boundaries and guidelines for our animals as well as our kids. We discuss the importance of being consistent so that our kids and animals know what to expect and what is expected of them. But what happens when we are not at our best due to illness or injury? What... 

Teaching Your “Very Friendly” Child How to Meet a Strange Dog

Teaching Your “Very Friendly” Child How to Meet a Strange Dog

Last updated on May 4th, 2020 at 11:50 amMany of you have children that either grew up with a friendly, sweet, loving dog, or got the pup after you had your children, so it is easy for those children to mistakenly think all dogs are friendly. It is these same children that often do not think twice about approaching a dog they do not know in an open and friendly manner; just to potentially receive a...