Home Health Parents News Now Parents Hire Drug-Sniffing Dogs for Teens' Rooms Parents Hire Drug-Sniffing Dogs for Teens' Rooms By Holly Lebowitz Rossi December 10, 2012 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print shutterstock_3974149 30067 "I was very worried that my daughter was hanging around with kids that were doing drugs," 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 to bring Roxie, a white German shepherd who used to work for the military, into her Houston home to check for illegal drugs. Ava was worried about what Roxie might find. "Oh, I was very nervous that she was going to find drugs in the garage," she said. The dog with the super-sensitive nose did indeed find marijuana in the garage, a discovery that was difficult for Ava and her daughter. "She was upset that I invaded her privacy," Ava said. But it led to a conversation that Ava believes helped turn her daughter's life around. The girl found a new group of friends and improved her grades. "The reason why I did it is to keep her safe and off drugs," Ava said. Ava seemingly got the outcome she wanted. But using a drug-sniffing dog can make matters worse, said child psychologist Jeffrey Gardere, a TODAY contributor. "Looking for the drugs with a dog, I think, is an overkill," Gardere said on TODAY. "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." Image: Drug-sniffing dog, via Shutterstock By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Parents Hire Drug-Sniffing Dogs for Teens' Rooms Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.