Central Intelligence Agency dog loses interest in Central Intelligence Agency explosives training, gets dropped from program

Labrador retriever

All we do know is that a few weeks into her role, her handler spotted that she wasn't too bothered about sniffing out explosives.

In a kind of somber "pupdate", the Central Intelligence Agency told Lulu's story of how finding explosives just wasn't her vocation.

The thread detailed Lulu's emerging disinterest in her training - though it left out how intense and grueling the training and subsequent work life of a bomb-sniffing dog can be.

The CIA said it was a tough decision, but chose to let Lulu go from the program for the sake of her well-being. The trainer who worked with Lulu made a decision to adopt her, as all trainers are allowed to do when a dog leaves the program. The Department of Defense wished Lulu well.

"We'll miss Lulu", the agency wrote.

"Doggy psychologist" sounds like a pretty sweet gig.

Lulu "began to show signs that she wasn't interested in detecting explosive odors", according to a blog post on the CIA's website.

Sniffing out explosives as a job wasn't the right fit for Lulu. Even when they could motivate her with food and play to search, she was clearly not enjoying herself any longer.

Lulu's story gives us some fascinating insight into the CIA's dog-training program.

Luckily, Lulu's handler is adopting her - regardless of her disinterest in a technical career with law enforcement.

But since Lulu was relieved of her duties, the dog's handler has now given her a new home.

When a dog in the program has a "bad day", their trainers try to figure out what will help the pup get back on track. She's now adjusting to a regular pet's life by spending her days "playing with his kids, sniffing out rabbits and squirrels in the backyard and eating meals and snacks out of a dog dish". She even has a new friend - a fellow Labrador retriever - to hang out with all day.

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