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

Surprising Similarities Between Child Raising and Dog Training

Surprising Similarities Between Child Raising and Dog Training

Last updated on September 26th, 2016 at 07:02 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... 

Building a Child’s Confidence Through Dog Training

Building a Child’s Confidence Through Dog Training

Last updated on August 22nd, 2016 at 04:30 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,... 

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 July 1st, 2016 at 12:26 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... 

Recognize a Dog’s Body Language Before Your Child Gets Bitten

Recognize a Dog’s Body Language Before Your Child Gets Bitten

Last updated on May 23rd, 2016 at 12:22 pmEditor’s Note: It’s National Dog Bite Prevention Week. In honor of that – and all the outdoor  “pets allowed” festivals coming up just around the corner – we wanted to share with you once more this very important post, written in November 2015 by PedSafe Kids and Canine Expert  Suzanne Hantke.    ********************************************************************************************************* As... 

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 April 11th, 2016 at 06:52 pmMany 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... 

Keeping You and Your Family Safe From “Free Roaming” Dogs

Keeping You and Your Family Safe From “Free Roaming” Dogs

Last updated on March 3rd, 2016 at 12:10 pmMany years ago, my sister had told me that while out walking her small young pup (A shih Tzu/Bichon mix) near my Mom’s house, a huge Mastiff came flying out of a house and ran straight for them. Her initial reaction was one that many of us would have…. Protect the one you love… so she grabbed Sylvi off the ground and used her own body to block the huge...