According to a recent Circa news story
Lulu the black lab might be many things in her life, but being a part of the CIA’s bomb sniffing K9 squad will not be one of them.
The 18-month-old doggy was admitted to the agency’s explosive detection K9 fall 2017 puppy class, but early on it was clear that job just wasn’t for her.
“A few weeks into training, Lulu began to show signs that she wasn’t interested in detecting explosive odors,” said the CIA in a “pupdate” on their website.
Lulu’s trainers tried their best to motivate her with treats and playtime, but it was clear bomb detection just wasn’t her thing. It’s not uncommon for the puppy trainees to have a bad day during the training course, according to the CIA.
All dogs, like humans, have good & bad days when learning something new.
Same for our pups, though it usually lasts just a day or two. pic.twitter.com/z9lQa2uKX4
“A pup might begin acting lazy, guessing where the odors are, or just showing a general disregard for whatever is being taught at the moment,” said the agency. “Usually it lasts for a day, maybe two.”
Trainers have to become “doggy psychologists” in order to determine what’s wrong. Sometimes the trainee is just bored, needs a break or a new challenge. It can also be a physical issue, such as a food allergy. These issues are usually solved within a matter of days.
For some dogs, after weeks of working w them, it’s clear the issue isn’t temporary & instead, this just isn’t the job they are meant for. pic.twitter.com/bBjPz8Ng2U
“But for some dogs like Lulu, it becomes clear that the issue isn’t temporary,” the article explained. “Instead, this just isn’t the job they are meant for. Lulu was no longer interested in searching for explosives.”
The CIA considers the mental and physical health of its K9s a top priority. The agency therefore determined it was best to cut Lulu from the program.
But it’s not all bad news for the lethargic lab. Lulu’s trainer decided to adopt her after she flunked out, a common practice once a K9 is retired. She has also discovered her true passions: sniffing for rabbits and squirrels, playing with her trainer’s kids and chowing down in her dog dish.
When a pup is removed or retires from our K9 program, the handler & their family is given the chance to adopt them & many do. pic.twitter.com/EMfua7zhbT