Central Intelligence Agency fires bomb-sniffing dog after she lost interest in sniffing explosives

Casey Dawson
October 20, 2017

The CIA found that the same holds true for puppies when they let a K9 named Lulu go from her job learning to sniff for explosives.

When Lulu, a Labrador retriever, first showed signs that she wasn't interested in detecting explosive odours, her handlers and trainers put it down to a bad day or two, but it soon became obvious it was more than that.

The post went on to say that the mental and physical wellbeing of the sniffer dogs is the CIA's priority, so they "made the extremely hard decision to do what's best for Lulu and drop her from the programme".

But not Lulu. Some dogs, like her, make is clear that the issue is not temporary and the job is just not for them.

Though a lack of motivation isn't uncommon, a dog's drive to work again usually returns after a day or two, the Central Intelligence Agency said.

Clearly, Lulu had big dreams and she trusted that greater things were in store for her!

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The CIA is sharing about it's new class of training pups in a series on its website.

But for Lulu, those efforts didn't work, and the dog wasn't interested anymore in searching for explosives. This definitely applies in their puppy classes. The CIA gave Lulu's handler the chance to adopt her and he did. Even after just a few weeks of training and working together, dogs and their partners form strong bonds and become like family to one another.

Thankfully, Lulu wasn't abandoned because she wasn't willing to sniff for things that might just blow her into kibbles and bits - her handler adopted her.

She spends her time 'playing with his kids, sniffing out rabbits and squirrels in the backyard, and eating meals and snacks out of a dog dish'.

The CIA dropped the Labrador from her training program after she lost interest in detecting explosives, the CIA announced Wednesday.

Stay tuned for the CIA's announcement of the newest K-9 addition to its program on Friday!

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