The Central Intelligence Agency released information about Lulu, a Labrador retriever whose free spirit led her to flunk out of the CIA’s “puppy class” focused on training bomb-sniffing dogs. Even when they attempted to motivate her with treats and play, Lulu wasn’t interested in finding explosive materials. And the CIA decided chronicled her exit from the program on Twitter.
The CIA posted the announcement on Twitter, saying, “We’re sad to announce that a few weeks into training, Lulu began to show signs that she wasn’t interested in detecting explosive odors,” and accompanied the comment with a picture of the pup.
Dogs have the ability to detect approximately 19,000 different scents related to explosives. According to the New York Times, prospective bomb-sniffing dogs are trained during a six-week course where they work on their skills seven-days-a-week. After that, they are taught one-on-one by their handlers for an additional 10 weeks.
While the CIA is usually quiet about the progress of their canine recruits, they decided to share Lulu’s story. They posted the details on Twitter, letting the public know why Lulu didn’t make the cut.
According to the CIA, Lulu is a year and a half old and was provided to the CIA by Susquehanna Service Dogs. She was the smallest canine in her class and was going to be assigned to the Fairfax County Police Department in Virginia.
The CIA attempted to work with Lulu, offering the trainers’ services as “doggy psychologists” to assess her situation and providing her with extra breaks, rest and treats in an attempt to keep her interested.
Ultimately, the CIA stated, “Lulu wasn’t interested in searching for explosives. Even when motivated w food & play, she was clearly no longer enjoying herself.”
However, all is not lost for Lulu. According to a follow-up post, “Lulu was adopted by her handler & now enjoys her days playing w his kids & a new friend, & sniffing out rabbits & squirrels in the backyard.”
Based on the final update, it appears Lulu is set to enjoy her retirement from the CIA and move forward with her life as a beloved pet and companion as part of her adopted family.