It Seems that More and More Parents Are Using Drug Dogs to Sniff Out Teens' Weed Stash

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There is, if news reports are to be believed, a new frontier in helicopter parenting. Suspicious moms and dads are hiring trained drug detection dogs to sniff out their kids' drug stash. The trend was first identified by the Today Show in December, which ran a story featuring a Houston mom who used a private K-9 service to discover that her teenage daughter was using marijuana.

CBS 11 was the latest outlet to sniff out the trend, reporting this weekend that North Texas parents, too, are afraid that their kids are using drugs, then hiding them in clever places a snooping parent might not even think to look.

"Air conditioning vents... Under the carpet, they'll peel back carpet and hide it under the carpet, under the linings of beds, behind bureaus in bedrooms," Richard Stannell, a private detective from Granbury's RK Agency Investigations, told the station.

Really, it's hard to tell how much of a trend home K-9 searches have become in North Texas. CBS 11 talks to no parents, experts, or other companies that provide the service, offering the RK Agency exclusive space to tout its $350 service, which is describes on its website:

When you need a confidential drug detection service for your home, our narcotic detecting dogs can discreetly perform a thorough inspection of your entire property. Our dogs are trained to locate the odor of drugs (e.g., marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine), so those with concerns about the presence of drugs can deal appropriately with the situation whatever the findings.

Of course, raiding your kid's bedroom in a decidedly police-like search might be construed by some teenagers as a violation of privacy. This was hinted at by Jeffrey Gardere, a child psychologist quoted in the Today Show piece.

"Looking for the drugs with a dog, I think, is an overkill," he said. "What it comes down to is having a relationship, and I don't know if you can do that if you're bringing in drug-sniffing dogs."

Or you can take the advice of one commenter on the CBS 11 story. "A home drug testing kit which is easily purchased at most neighborhood pharmacies will give you definitive proof of their use," the commenter, clearly an expert in adolescent psychology, writes. "An honest kid usually won't mind the test but a drug using kid will have a problem. So if the kid says no then you have your answer."

You'll get some sort of answer, at least.


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JohnBoyInternational
JohnBoyInternational

I heard chili powder and dogs work well together.  Makes me want to watch Cool Hand Luke.

Maricela Ann Vilchis
Maricela Ann Vilchis

they must be expensive dogs to already be trained to sniff drugs, in this day and age it's tough to be a parent, if it's not drugs it's teen pregnancy

Mervis_Earl
Mervis_Earl

My rottweiler would growl, or maybe it was more like a grimace, when he smelled the weed bag. It always made me laugh.

Steve Young
Steve Young

This way the parents never have to pay for weed.

Rumian Reza
Rumian Reza

who needs drug dogs when you have Matt Foley?

Valerie R. Bowles
Valerie R. Bowles

Yeah, the weed these days is pretty stinky. Don't really need the dog.

Amanda Robinson
Amanda Robinson

Who needs a dog. Jeez, I could sniff out that bag of weed!!! How can teenager afford a bag like that? Just sayin'.

Tommy Crooks
Tommy Crooks

hahaha thats how i got caught!...damn cocker spaniel

roo_ster
roo_ster

Live under the roof my $$$ pays for, live by my rules.  

I can see the using the dog vs the pee test, as it can be done without the presence of the teen.

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

Sooooo How much $$$$ do you have to slip to the the State licensed Private investigator  to keep their mouths shut to the local authorities  about  criminal activity going on inside your home ?

How many folks here stashed dope  they never found ? 

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

I would be more concerned about my kids binge drinking.

Lakewooder
Lakewooder

If you need a dog to figure this out, you got bigger problems. Seriously, it ain't rocket science. Check the pantry. If Fritos & bean dip are disappearing at an alarming rate, there ya go. Don't believe me, ask my parents.

joshgeek1
joshgeek1

Pot causes more paranoia to non users than anyone. LMFAO at these parents.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

Gee, if you have to use a drug sniffing dog to find your kid's drugs, then you have bigger problems that just a drug using teen.  How about the fact that you are not a family but just a bunch of people living under the same roof.

JustSaying
JustSaying

Kids hiding weed under pulled back carpet? Thats where I hid my porn mags. Of course, that was pre-internet, so these days a computer would have freed up a lot of real estate for other items needing a good hiding spot.

They also didnt have 10 panel pisscups at the local walmart back then, either. I dodged a bullet on that one.

jeffreysteven
jeffreysteven

More parents are also utilizing Teensavers Home Drug Test Kits in the last six months.  We are especially seeing a jump since Washington and Colorado legalized marijuana.   Many parents are getting proactive with the spike of teen and young adult heroin use in America.   Teen addicts in treatment tell myteensavers that they never thought they'd become heroin addicts, but pills are such an easy drug to get hooked on.    Parents need to know which drugs are popular in the community, and have frequent conversations with their kids about so called safe legal drugs like prescriptions.   

jeffreysteven
jeffreysteven

@roo_ster The problem with the dog is that most kids don't keep their own stash.  In a group of four or five kids, maybe one or two hold the drugs.  The others just use.   The dogs can't detect what is in your child's system.  They can only detect what's in the home.   And if you dismiss the pills sitting in your medicine cabinet, that's enough for a kid to get hooked.


Tim.Covington
Tim.Covington

@Lakewooder I've never touched the stuff. Yet, when I was a teenager the Fritos and bean dip still disappeared at an alarming rate. Most teenagers (doubly so for boys) will hit periods where they seem like human garbage disposals.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@joshgeek1 you know why it does, because its currently illegal and kid can really fuck up his life over some drug charges real quick.  And they are not just talking about pot, they are talking about all types of drugs

monstruss
monstruss

@jeffreysteven ...what exactly does Washington and Colorado decriminalizing marijuana have to do with kids getting pill-fucked, usually on their parents' prescriptions? Apples and Oranges, man. 

jeffreysteven
jeffreysteven

@Anna_Merlan @jeffreysteven If you know anything about drugs and heroin use, you know that addicts first get hooked on opiates in pill form, and then they get tired of paying $20-$80 per pill, so they buy balloons of heroin for about $12.   Nobody wants to be a heroin addict.   But they think abusing pills will be ok because they are safe.   Then they find themselves needing several a day to function.   

Daniel
Daniel

@GuitarPlayer @Daniel Hmm, my friends and I always had our own. I guess I'm old and out of touch. What the hell ever happened to good old LSD-25? Pills are only good at making you stupid.

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

@Daniel   

It's true. A lot of kids smoke weed in groups and usually are just hanging out, they are not all "holdin'". Plus, pills are huge with high school age teens.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@JustSaying you are correct, I have not and will never earn the one that represent a vampire down there lol

JustSaying
JustSaying

@ScottsMerkin There are two kinds of red wings to earn. One that any real man should be able to earn with a girl he likes and one that makes you one step away from vampire territory. I have the former, will never wear the latter.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@Daniel you sick degenerate 

love your more warped posts

monstruss
monstruss

@JustSaying @jeffreysteven did you hear about the police picking up someone with half a pound of weed? That's like a million dollars worth of drugs off the streets!!!!

observist
observist topcommenter

@Daniel  "... make it easy on yourself and hold still while I shove a tube in your God dang ding dong."

Dale Gribble?  That you?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@jeffreysteven @ScottsMerkin @Peacock214 @Anna_Merlan so you saying my kids gonna die bc I parent without intruding into every single facet of their and not allowing them how to actually live and make decisions for themselves.  Youve earned this, go fuck yourself and you are a seriously shitty saleperson

Daniel
Daniel

@JustSaying @jeffreysteven

I don't know about you clowns, but I take a three-pronged approach to parenting.

1) Sniff my son or daughter.

2) Make them piss in a cup helpfully provided by Jeffrey Steven.  I mean, separate cups for each kid and all. So "cups" not "cup." I highly recommend the services of Jeffrey Steven. He is what I like to call a "servant-salesman."  Why, he actually helped me shackle my li'l Dylan to his bed and shove a catheter up his reluctant urethra. He screamed, but I'm proud to say he tested clean. Kids today, they'll cheat if you give them the opportunity. This was something that never occurred to me until Jeffrey Steven, servant-salesman, pointed it out. Now that I know, the message I send my kids is clear: I assume you're going to cheat -- that a cheat is who you are, and you're probably a full-blown drug addict to boot --  so don't even get cute with me. Yes, I already sniffed you but I can't smell an eighty-dollar pill, I'm a great dad but I'm not Superman, so make it easy on yourself and hold still while I shove a tube in your God dang ding dong.  You can thank me later when you don't die!

3) Have all of my children's personal effects subject to periodic inspections by drug-sniffing dogs. Also, bomb-sniffing dogs, Also, off-duty members of the vice squad of the Dallas Police Department. Kids today, they don't respect authority because they're all hopped up on pills, but when they're staring down the barrel of  a .44, they get real scared real quick. Dylan even peed, so it's kind of a two-birds-with-one-stone type deal.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

@Anna_Merlan @jeffreysteven You mean parenting? What are you? Some kind of commie socialist expecting people to be all huggy lovey? The is Mareka. Just do what the biblebook says and pray away the gay and you'll be fine.

JustSaying
JustSaying

@ScottsMerkin @Anna_Merlan Jeez. I just googled the brand of drug testing kit this dude is talking about. His avatar is the same picture that is on the box of their product. His only posts on unfair park have been on this thread. Whats more impressive? A German Shepherd that can can smell meth or a salesman that can smell out potential leads?

JustSaying
JustSaying

@jeffreysteven Oh shut the fuck up. "Keep enjoying my high"? Because I said that I believe that everyone enjoys the occasional pain pill? Am I supposed to throw away leftover meds from my car wreck or my root canal? Hell no. I save them for a rainy day when I have a headache or back pain. I'm sure most people do the same. Don't try to lump me in with the drug boogeymen that are clearly in your company's scripted sales pitch.

Now, if you will excuse me, I need to step away for a minute. This weed ain't going to smoke itself.

jeffreysteven
jeffreysteven

@Peacock214 @jeffreysteven @Anna_Merlan Drug dogs are being used to smell for more than marijuana.  Drug dogs are brought into smell for illicit drugs.  I've worked with drug dogs.  Have you? No parent brings a dog in to sniff for pot.   In fact these days most parents are tolerant about pot, as long as their kids aren't abusing other dangerous substances like meth, cocaine, or opiates.  



jeffreysteven
jeffreysteven

@ScottsMerkin @jeffreysteven @Anna_Merlan  I've got news for you, USE is abuse when you are either taking an illicit drugs, or misusing a prescribed drug that isn't prescribed to you.   


As far as selling anything.  I never told anyone to buy a specific kit.   I mentioned that sales of our kit is up. I've since replied several times without mentioning a kit by name.  Go utilize any reputable kit sold at a pharmacy.   

Had I been trying to sell the kit here, the post would have been certainly more direct and include a lot more information.   



Peacock214
Peacock214

@jeffreysteven @Anna_Merlan But this is an article about marijuana sniffing drug dogs, not opiate-abusing teenagers. Your attempt at free advertising is transparent or in poor taste.

jeffreysteven
jeffreysteven

@JustSaying @ScottsMerkin  Clearly you've never spoken to any number of people who have lost their children or sibling to prescription drug abuse.   Keep enjoying your high.   

jeffreysteven
jeffreysteven

@ScottsMerkin @jeffreysteven @Anna_Merlan Sorry.  Not true.  Kids that abuse an Oxy here or there, or a Vicodin or Percocet on the weekends are hard to notice.   It's 4 to 6 months down the road when they start using to get through a school day, and that's when you notice the changes.  By then they are an addict.   

jeffreysteven
jeffreysteven

@Anna_Merlan @jeffreysteven  As far as legalized pot is concerned, kids aren't dying from using marijuana.  Medical studies have shown the damaging effects of marijuana on the adolescent brain.    But this isn't an anti-pot rant.   This has to do with kids popping pills, and turning to heroin because it's a need to function.   Opiate abuse is massive in this country.   Pot is pot, and it isn't killing anyone.   Doesn't mean we are condoning it, but we focus on the drugs that kill.   


There are many ways to prevent teen drug use.   Most of it centers around parents who actually PARENT.   Many do not.   Their face is glued in their iPads or cocktails on the weekends, and they think they might be doing the right thing sniffing their son or daughter or alcohol or pot at the end of the night, but kids are widely abusing pills and you can't catch that with their nose.  Parents need to ask questions, and get involved with their kids lives.  Knowing their friends and talking to their friends parents make a big impact.


As far as you calling pee tests degrading, do you feel degrading when you have to submit for a UA test for a $100,000 job?     Drug testing is everywhere in the workplace, and it's growing in schools.   We believe when it comes to teens, it should be between parent and child and not school administrators.    And we never encourage drug testing to be forced or uncomfortable.   Home drug test kits can be used in the trust building process in conjunction with later curfew, driving privileges, or extended trips like student ski trips or weekend outings with friends.


Everyone loves to say "I can recognize if my kid was on drugs."   Sadly, many of the people who say that lost their kid to drugs.   They had great relationships, they teens were well behaved, got good grades, and were very social. 


It's not failed parenting if you can't detect with your naked eye or nose whether your teen is on drugs.  It' failed parenting when you do not use the tools that can provide you the answers.

JustSaying
JustSaying

@ScottsMerkin No kidding, man. The signs are there if you want to see them when someone is abusing opiates.

Hell, I dont know anyone that doesnt like a nice prescription strength pain pill from time to time. I could never abuse them, though. I enjoy taking a daily dump too much.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@jeffreysteven @Anna_Merlan dude if your kid is on Opiates or Heroin and you need a drug test to prove it, you are an idiot and most likely failed in the parent child relationship somewhere along the line.  not saying that is the case every time but seriously

jeffreysteven
jeffreysteven

@JustSaying @jeffreysteven depends on what and where you're buying.   People in need pay big amounts for even one pill.   You could say the pushers have the addicts by the balls.  

Anna_Merlan
Anna_Merlan

@jeffreysteven How do you think legalized pot plays into any of that? And is there any way to force your kid to piss in a cup -- or invade his room with a drug-sniffing dog -- without coming across like a paranoid control freak asshole with no boundaries? Is there some way to help prevent your kid from using drugs -- like, say, knowing where they are most of the time and being involved with their lives -- that doesn't involve incredibly degrading things like pee tests? 

JustSaying
JustSaying

@jeffreysteven 80 dollars for one pill? Not unless it is being fed to me by a naked asian lady while she is cupping by balls.

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