Relevant governments must legislate to prohibit the use of detection dogs to bypass search warrants.
It is common for law enforcement officers to use detection dogs to create a reason to conduct searches. Such searches generally target motor vehicles. When a person refuses to consent to a voluntary search, law enforcement officers will deploy a detection dog to give the officers a reason to conduct a search. The detection dog will alert every time, as a covert command is given by the officer to the dog to alert. The alert gives the officer reasonable grounds to search pursuant to the relevant Act in that jurisdiction.
Using detection dogs to bypass search warrants increases the detection dogs false detection statistics. Some false detection statics are above 60%. Detection statistics should be audited by relevant law enforcement agencies, and in cases of high false detection, the detection dog should be immediately retired and the dog handler should be permanently dismissed.