Suspicious of Your Teen? Hire a Drug-Sniffing Dog

Highly-trained pups for rent in Maryland
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2010 10:15 AM CDT
Suspicious of Your Teen? Hire a Drug-Sniffing Dog
A drug-sniffing dog jumps, as Iranian anti-drug police officer Davoud Fakheri sits, during a ceremony commemorating International Day Against Drug Abuse, in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, June 27, 2009.   (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

If you’re suspicious your red-eyed teen might be experimenting with illicit substances, there’s a new and easy way to find out for sure: Hire your own, personal drug-sniffing dog. Dogs Finding Drugs, a Maryland-based operation, will send a highly-trained canine to your house to determine in moments whether there are any narcotics lying around, the Baltimore Sun reports. It'll cost you about $200 an hour, but you don't have to worry about court fees: Should the dog turn anything up, Dogs Finding Drugs won't confiscate the drugs or notify the police.

Other similar operations around the country have launched to mixed success. But some worry that allowing a canine to case a kid’s room might prompt some parent-child trust issues. “Given everything we know about substance abuse prevention, what you want to do with your kids is build trust and communication," says a drug abuse expert. "This seems like a tactic that would disrupt trust.”
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