PHOENIX, AZ (3TV/CBS5) - Amy Halm loves to play with her dogs and have some fun, until it's time to go to work.
Halm is the owner of Desert Drug Dog, a Phoenix business that provides drug dog detection to the general public.
"They're just like a police dog," said Halm. "People we team with train police dogs for a living. We train with the police, but we are not police."
Halm's unique business takes her to classrooms, offices, and private homes around the Valley.
If someone has a concern about a loved one or co-worker possibly doing drugs, they'll call in a drug dog to confirm their suspicions, instead of calling police.
"Their noses are so sensitive that they can pick up on anything," said Halm. "They'll even pick up on dresser drawer where maybe a stash isn't there, but that's where I hide it all the time."
Halm hid something that smells like Heroin somewhere in her backyard. Within seconds, her dog Widow was right on it, showing just how quickly these dogs work and how much time they can save a potential client.
"If I'm searching a 4-bedroom home with a big family room and garage and a vehicle, we can be in and out of there in 40 minutes, because their noses are so sensitive
The cost of a drug dog house call is around $150.
Halm said that even though her dogs are trained like police K'9's, everything they find is confidential.
It's up to the client to call police, or rehab hospital, said Halm.