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Parents Hire Drug-Sniffer Dog to Search Kids' Rooms

The war on drugs starts at home

Drug sniffing dogs hired by parents |

Suspect your kid may be doing drugs? For $99, Last Chance K9 Service will bring a drug-sniffing dog in to your home to search for narcs in your teen's room. 

The new Kentucky-based service is proving popular with parents who want to outsource the snooping part to a third party, lest they erode the trust of their kids.

Billboards advertising the service show a German shepherd "with a stick of dynamite in one nostril and a joint in the other."

Surprisingly, since the company launched in September, the gut hunch of most parents was bang on - with nine out of 10 searched homes turning up drugs, including heroin, cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamines and barbiturates.

Instead of immediately turning over the drugs to local police, K9 signs an agreement with parents that allows them to dispose of the drugs themselves and prevents the company from dealing with law enforcement agencies about their findings. Needless to say, police are slow to warm up to this idea.

“You should be an ally, not a military state,” said professor of applied psychology at New York University and the parenting author, Lawrence Balter.

“Teenagers will only just become more secretive if they feel like they’re being spied on. If parents act like police, I think kids just become more deceptive and sneaky.”

True, but if parents are the ones hiring the detective dog in the first place, then doesn't that prove the extent of their suspicion and mistrust that they are willing to pay someone to spy on their kids and rifle through their personal effects?

In some cases, just seeing the intimidating-looking dog is a sufficient scare tactic to get the message across to kids. In some cases, it sets the tone for a no-bullsh*t discussion between families. 

Whether paranoid or proactive, K9 provides a radical approach to suspected drug abuse.  

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