A dude in Kentucky is making money off of paranoid parents by loaning them drug-sniffing dogs to smell their kids’ rooms and cars, according to The Washington Post.
For $99 a pop, Louisville area residents can rent out one of these dogs to find where their kids stash is at. One of these parents talked to the Post last week and found his 14-year-old daughter’s weed pipe.
“I’m not a snooping parent,” one parent who recently used the service told the Courier-Journal. “I want my daughter to be able to trust me, but I gotta protect her.” That trusting, non-snooping parent sicked a trained animal to sniff around his daughter’s room while she was gone, used it to find a pipe with a little bud still in it, then smashed that pipe to pieces with a baseball bat. He said that the incident, in the words of the Post, “brought him closer to his daughter.”
Basically no part of that story sounds rational or true, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t be both. Parents in the Louisville area are scared stiff over the heroin craze taking the region. According to Last Chance K9 Service owner Michael Davis, the business has sniffed out more than 50 homes. In nine out of 10 homes, Davis said, the pooches found some drugs. Most often, unlike the incident described above, they found heroin.
So, though you might be able to see where these desperate parents are coming from, treating your child like the guards at a prison treat their inmates might not be the best way to encourage good behavior.
“Teenagers will only just become more secretive if they feel like they’re being spied on.” said New York University psychology professor Lawrence Balter. “If parents act like police, I think kids just become more deceptive and sneaky.”
“You should be an ally, not a military state,” Balter added.
But a whole lot of area parents ain’t hearing that jive. And neither is Davis. “The dog is extremely intimidating,” the business owner said. “When the child sees that, it has a jaw-dropping effect. They think, ‘Oh wait, now there’s a company my mom or dad can call that brings a dog into this home anytime they think I may have drugs?’ Next time, they’ll think twice.”
Maybe Davis’ method works and maybe it doesn’t, but one thing is for sure: if my parents were calling the dogs on me, I’d be in need of one big fat bowl.