Drug-Sniffing Dogs to Search My Teen's Room? Sign Me Up!

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teens and dogDid you know that if you were really worried about whether or not your teen might be on drugs, you can do more than threaten them and pray to God that they don’t overdose? Good news, right? Because in the past those were basically the only two options parents had.

But now, there is a service available for hire; a handler can now bring their drug-sniffing dog to your home and search for the scent of illegal drugs. Sound crazy? It's not. Parents are REALLY doing this.

I kind of get it, too. I’m not the "wait and see" type of mom myself. I’ve got a little too much helicopter in me to wait around for my kid to OD to not swoop in and save them. I’d like to stop them from making the stupid mistake in the first place. Sometimes we’ve got to save them from themselves. And hey, if that means letting the dogs out, so be it.

The truth is, I would do whatever it took to make sure my child was safe, including invading their privacy and even breaching our trust. That's my job. After all, given the choice between my daughter dying or being pissed at me, I’ll take the latter.

Of course, I would do it behind their back. If they were clean, they would never need to know I questioned them, and if not, well then, at least we are all on the same page.

I still remember my teen years and I did a lot of dangerous stuff. I wasn’t scared then. It was exhilarating and I felt invincible, but now I know better. I don’t want to raise kids who are afraid to experience life and have fun, but I want them to be cautious in some areas. So I will teach them the best I can, allow them to experience as much as life as they can, but at the same time, I will be there behind the scenes to give gentle nudges in the right direction. If that means a drug-sniffing dog, then so be it. I’m in.

I think of it as proactive parenting.

Would you bring a drug-sniffing dog in to search your house if you suspected that your child might be indulging in drug use?


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addiction, behavior, drugs & alcohol, safety

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jpfsmom jpfsmom

How about just having a conversation with your children about drugs (not accusing them but just discussing it) instead of automatically assuming guilt, especially if there isn't a reason to.   besides...even the most authoritarian parents that have extremely strict guidelines, let me just say their kids are usually the most rebellious and have the biggest drug habits....it's that whole  "well If i'm going to be accused of it, may as well do it!" mentality 

Sierr... SierraLynn

If I had reason to believe my kids were on drugs and talking wasn't working, hell yeah I'd bring in the dog. There is no "privacy" in my house if things get that bad.

My dh didn't have a door to his room most of the time growing up. But he was the kid who have his parents hell. I have no doubt they would have brought a dog in if it were an option. It might have saved him a lot of trouble in his teen years. Then again we may not have met if such had happened.

tuffy... tuffymama

I can't imagine feeling I was forced to resort to such a measure. ODS and I have always had an open dialogue on drugs, sex, criminal behavior, feelings, dreams and goals... I just figured that was normal. I have another kid to raise, so I will see how it goes. I know for a fact that even the very best parents with the very smartest kids can have children with drug problems. Drug sniffing dogs seems so crazy to me, though.

Nellie Athome

If you are willing. no eager, to do this behind your kid's backs - particularly as a first line of action -  then you are already a failure as a parent.

Rae.302 Rae.302

I dont think this solves anything. I knew lots of kids that used illegal drugs, but never brought them home. Just used them when they were out at parties. And kids who use 'legal' prescription drugs can die too. I think the dogs are a waste of time and money.

nonmember avatar JLM

How about being a decent and reasonable parent who develops a relationship with their child and helps guide them through life to teach THEM to make better decisions, not snoops and controls every aspect of their life like a psychopath. FYI - YOU have the most rebellious and obnoxious kids in the end, not the people who's kids make a few mistakes and learn from them. Holy crap you new age moms are nuts.

jpfsmom jpfsmom

Personally I just don't think it's an effective way to conquer the issue...yes be proactive but just because you get a clean result from the dogs doesn't mean there isn't an issue...speaking from my youth, most "bad" behavior I engaged in (and trust me I was never a menace to society, but I went through an experimental stage and sowed a few wild oats...and live to tell) was outside the home. My mom was far from being permissive or clueless but she didn't hover over me either, she trusted me and made it very clear that if you do a. And get caught than b. Will be your consequence. Truth be told compared to some of my friends I was lame...I was usually home before curfew and extremely picky who I associated with but I had friends that came from very strict, overprotective households and they were the one's lying about where they were going, sneaking out of the house and drinking excessively or having tons of sex so I honestly don't know the best way to be proactive except the normal signs, change in friends, grades dropping etc. But I think this form of investigating won't make much difference in your childs possible activity.

psych... psychofab

Sometimes I wonder if doing things like this breeds rebellion. I was a good kid. I did a few dumb things but nothing dangerous. BUT if my parents had done any of this crap, I would've said fuck it and done whatever I wanted. I resent having my privacy disregarded that much. My parents respected my privacy and requests. So I respected their rules. If they had brough a drug dog into my bedroom, they wouldn't have found anything. But there sure as hell would've been something there later, after that level of disrespect. 

Trix_... Trix_Scarlets

Well... First off you don't need a dog to know if your kid is on drugs. Whatever happened to common sense? Do people even take the time to get to know their children as they are growing up? Any parent who pays attention to a child while they are growing up should notice the development of the child's personality and daily habits. When they change for no reason, then chances are they are on drugs. A few common signs are the need for extra cash but no reason for why they need it. Selling personal items or personal items you bought them vanish from their room. This shows the child attempt into either trading or selling to supply themselves with the fix. How do you fix this? First off in a child's eyes their aged peers are more important to them then your opinion. No matters how much you try and express your concern you are the bad guy. Best to catch this before they start and snuff it before they know the effect, but when you can't the next best thing to do, is discuss this issue with the parents of the kids or teens you kids hang out with, this way they can also step in and prevent the actions between your their child and yours and the problem will slowly solve itself, before they become an adult and the medium ground is sealed.

Ujas Ujas

I guess that someone created such a company specialized in dog sniffing because there are a lot of <a href="http://e-healthdiary.com/4-key-strategies-to-combat-adolescent-drug-use/">teens involved with drugs</a>. Calling such a "specialist" is a going to have a great impact on your teen kid.

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