Parents who are concerned that little Suzie or Billy is running with a rough crowd and perhaps spending too much time behind the gymnasium reportedly have a new parenting “tool” at their disposal. Provided that you have a few hundred dollars in that piggy bank, you can pay a special dog to go rooting through your house for you.
Â TODAY reports on what is hopefully not a new “trend” among mothers and fathers who smell pot and yell “crack!” instead. “Some concerned parents,” according to the outlet, hire dogs like Roxie — a gorgeous canine who used to work in the military — to do a thorough sniff out:
â€śI was very worried that my daughter was hanging around with kids that were doing drugs,â€ť one Houston mother said in a report that aired on TODAY on Monday. Ava, who didn’t want her last name used, hired a private company toÂ bringÂ Roxie…AvaÂ was worried about what Roxie might find. â€śOh, I was very nervous that she was going to find drugs in the garage,â€ť she said. The dog with the super-sensitive nose did indeedÂ find marijuana in the garage, a discovery that was difficult for Ava and her daughter.
â€śShe was upset that I invaded her privacy,â€ť Ava said.
But all is well that ends well apparently, this Houston mother attests that Roxie “helped turn her daughterâ€™s life around.” While I’m certain anomalous situations like Ava’s can prove to be beneficial, generally, I’m going to go ahead and agree with the sentiments of child psychologist Jeffrey Gardere:
â€śLooking for the drugs with a dog, I think, is an overkill,â€ť Gardere said on TODAY. â€śWhat it comes down to is having a relationship, and I donâ€™t know if you can do that if youâ€™re bringing in drug-sniffing dogs.â€ť
Which means that no matter how many times you pay between $200 to $500 for a search, no drug sniffing dog isn’t going to instill a communicative relationship with your kid over delicate issues — particularly ones regarding transgression. If anything, some kids just getter better at hiding them from you.