Would You Hire a Drug-Sniffing Dog to Search Your Child’s Room?
What would you do if you suspected that your child might be on drugs? Would you go completely crazy and put your kid on lockdown? Or would you just stand back and see what happens next? Would you have a long, drawn out conversation on why drugs are bad? Or would you have a sit down and explain the correct way to roll a joint? Just how cool of a parent are you prepared to be when it’s your own child?
In a day and age when there is an app for absolutely everything, there are still some things that require good, old-fashioned house calls and this is one that might be picking up momentum soon in a world filled with concerned parents; drug-sniffing dogs for hire for house calls.
With a simple phone call, and a fee, a handler will bring their drug-sniffing dog to your home and search for illegal drugs. If the dog picks up the scent, he alerts his handler and the handler alerts the parent to search the entire area. The handler or dog never actually uncovers the drugs themselves, that is left to the concerned parent.
At first glance, this looks like a gross breach of child/parental trust. I agree with that but I also know that if I ever thought my child were in danger of causing harm to themselves, I would be the first to sit on them to stop them so maybe it’s not so crazy an idea.
Sometimes children, especially teenagers, need to be saved from themselves. I’m not saying to bring a drug-sniffing dog into the house if there is absolutely no reason to suspect that your child might be partaking in the recreational use of drugs. I’m not saying to have a drug-sniffing dog ransack your kid’s room while he’s trying to do his homework with friends. It doesn’t have to be embarrassing and humiliating and trust breaking.
If you simply feel like you have done all you can do explaining drug use to your child and you suspect that they may be involved with the wrong crowd or in over their head, have the handler bring the dog while your kid is at school. Nobody needs to be the wiser. If the dog finds something, have a calm rational discussion about why it’s a bad idea. Let your child know that everyone makes mistakes; the important thing is that you are there to help them past it. That’s how cool I am.
I won’t be teaching anyone how to roll a joint while they live under my roof but I would certainly like to teach them that they could talk to me about anything and everything. A parent’s love is unconditional, even when our kid’s do something monumentally stupid and they should know that.
What would you do if you suspected that your child was on drugs?
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