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

Helping Your Child Deal with the Loss of a Pet

Helping Your Child Deal with the Loss of a Pet

Unlike many years ago, when most pets lived outside, today many of our pets become members of the family. When most of us have ‘had enough’ with the world, it is our pets that give us solace. And for many kids, their pets are their best friends in the world….always there to ‘lick their wounds’… both emotionally and physically.  So how do you handle it when that ‘best friend’ passes... 

Play-Dates: Making Sure Other Children Are Safe With Your Dog

Play-Dates: Making Sure Other Children Are Safe With Your Dog

You probably did quite a bit of work (maybe even before you brought your new baby home), to ensure the relationship between your baby and your dog was cultivated and nurtured into a beautiful lifelong friendship. But now, time has passed, and following the natural course of events, they are ready to establish friendships with other children. You may have met some other parents at the park, or if... 

Little One is on the move!!! Uhhhh….where’s the dog???

Little One is on the move!!! Uhhhh….where’s the dog???

This is such an exciting time… and an exhausting one. You “safely introduced your dog to your new baby’’ and established some guidelines to keep everyone safe (see ‘Your New Baby Safely Met Your Dog … Now What???) and so far everything has been going really well. Your baby is growing by leaps and bounds… and learning something new every day. But just as you started to get the new routine... 

Your New Baby Safely Met Your Dog … Now What???

Your New Baby Safely Met Your Dog … Now What???

So you followed the guidelines I wrote to “Safely Introduce Your Dog to Your New Baby“, maybe added a few of your own ideas, everything went so well, and your dog seems pretty well adjusted to the baby’s arrival… but what can you do to ensure this relationship remains solid for the next several years, so they grow up and stay best friends?  There are actually a few things you can do….starting... 

Safely Introduce Your Dog to Your New Baby

Safely Introduce Your Dog to Your New Baby

Many couples put off having that first child for a number of reasons:  To establish their career, to be more financially stable, some want to buy the house first…… But in their desire to nurture ‘something’, many (myself included) choose to get a dog – and the dog invariably takes on the role of substitute child. In my household, we refer to our dog as our ‘son’, and when we... 

Dog Acting Strange? Change Affects Every Member of the Family

Dog Acting Strange? Change Affects Every Member of the Family

Last updated on December 10th, 2018 at 06:28 pmAs a professional dog trainer, I have worked with hundreds of dogs over the years…. I have studied all of the different breeds, studied different methods of training, worked with different families, and have come to realize one universal truth…dogs are as bad with change as we are. Why does that matter???? I want you to imagine that you live in a world...