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Now parents can get drug-sniffing dogs

Just in time for school — and just a little bit creepy  — a New Jersey company has announced what it says is the first enterprise of its kind: making drug-sniffing dogs available to parents concerned their children might be using drugs.

Launching to coincide with the back-to-school season, Sniff Dogs, LLC offers a confidential drug detection service — police aren’t involved at all — in which dogs specially trained to locate drugs discreetly sniff out Junior’s room or workplace.

The company’s website explains how it works.

“You set up an appointment with Sniff Dogs when you’re going to be home by yourself. A search performed while the party-of-concern is not present is a critical success factor — as not only does it reduce conflict and anxiety, it also helps to retain discretion, should a subsequent search be warranted.”

The website says the dog doesn’t actually locate the drugs, or specify what type, but just gives a sign that they are present.

It’s up to parents to ransack Junior’s room after that.

Founded by a Union County woman, Sniff Dogs uses dogs trained to locate marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methadone, xanax and ecstasy –- “as a private service with no law enforcement or government affiliation.”

In a press release, the company says the discovery of drugs can lead to a “fact-based conversation with their loved ones regarding drug use, allowing for early intervention.”

Sniff Dogs was founded by a Summit, N.J. mother, who thought other means of drug detection were “extremely limited and universally intrusive,” and that drug-sniffing dogs “fosters a more supportive and family-friendly solution for intervention.

Branches in Ohio and New Jersey have already been established and additional Sniff Dogs operations will be launching soon, the press release says.


Comment from MG
Time September 9, 2008 at 9:06 am

Oh for the good old days when we had parents that actually parented and the family dog was…just that.
A little fear of Mom and Dad used to be a good thing.
How about we bring back the wood shed and the ….fear of being taken there if drugs were found.

Comment from Anne-n-Spencer
Time September 9, 2008 at 9:45 am

Well, besides agreeing completely with MG, here’s an interesting thought. The blog entry says, “No police are involved at all.” If you’re going to train a drug-sniffing dog, it seems to me that you have to have quantities, however small, of the drugs you want him to learn to sniff. I had always envisioned police departments and law enforcement agencies as using, or authorizing the use by trainers, of small quantities of illegal drugs they had confiscated.

The only drug on that list that is legal for private individuals is Xanax, if you happen to have a doctor’s prescription for it. So where are they getting the drugs to train the dogs?

Comment from bluhawkk
Time September 9, 2008 at 12:33 pm


What liver and other damage are suffered by dogs trained to sniff drugs?