Labrador had bagged an impressive position as a recruit in the latest puppy intake for a US intelligence agency’s elite training program.
Lulu was being trained, along with other im-paw-tant puppies, to detect bomb odours.
However, the dog quickly realized it wasn’t the right path for her, and just couldn’t be motivated to sniff for explosives.
In a recent update, the CIA explained how it was normal for a trainee pup to lose interest at times:
There can be a million reasons why a particular dog has a bad day, and the trainers become doggy psychologists trying to figure out what will help the dog come out of its funk.
Sometimes the pup is bored and just needs extra playtime or more challenges, sometimes the dog need a little break, and sometimes it’s a minor medical condition like a food allergy requiring switching to a different kibble.
After a few days, the trainers work the pup through whatever issue has arisen, and the dog is back eagerly and happily ready to continue training.
However, it seems Lulu just lost all interest in sniffing bombs, becoming disillusioned very early in what could have been a promising crime fighting career.
The CIA explained how they had no choice but to give Lulu her walking orders:
For some dogs, like Lulu, it becomes clear that the issue isn’t temporary.
Instead, this just isn’t the job they are meant for. Lulu was no longer interested in searching for explosives.
Even when they could motivate her with food and play to search, she was clearly not enjoying herself any longer.
Lulu wasn’t interested in searching for explosives.
Even when motivated w food & play, she was clearly no longer enjoying herself. pic.twitter.com/puvhDk1tRX
— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017
Lulu has been adopted by her handler and spends her days playing happily with the children of the family, as well as their other pet Labrador, Harry.