Poor Lulu the dog gets fired from the CIA for playing too much

Poor Lulu the dog gets fired from the CIA for playing too much

Ever dream of working for the CIA? Well, this proud pooch was being groomed for the job but lost it all because she just wanted to play.

Lulu, one of the CIA’s Fall 2017 “puppy class” pups, was recently dropped from the explosive detection K9 program.

A pup leaves the class

Bomb-sniffing dogs risk life and paw every day to protect the public. To this end, the CIA K9 trainers make it a priority to ensure that the dogs enjoy the job they’re doing. Sometimes, even though a pup performs well and successfully learns how to detect explosive odors, they make it clear that being an explosive detection K9 is not the life for them.

Lulu, K9 dropout

A few weeks into her training, Lulu began to show signs that she wasn’t interested in detecting explosive odors. Sometimes, 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. Although such behavior usually lasts for a day, maybe two at the most, it could also be a sign that bomb-sniffing isn’t for them.

It’s up to the CIA K9 trainers to become dog-psychologists and try to figure out what will help the dog come out of its funk. Moreover, the top concern is the physical and mental well-being of the K9s. Sometimes the pup is bored and just needs more challenges, sometimes the dog needs a nap, and sometimes it’s actually a minor medical condition like a food allergy, requiring a change in diet. Most of the time, the trainers work the pup through whatever issue has arisen and the dog is ready to continue training.

At the end of the day, Lulu wasn’t demonstrating a vested interest in the bomb-sniffing duties and the CIA made the difficult decision to stop her training.

Not all hope is lost though, as when a pup is removed or retires from the K9 program, the handler and the handler’s family is given the chance to adopt the pup and many do. Fortunately, Lulu was adopted by her handler and now enjoys her days playing with his kids, a new canine friend, and sniffing out rabbits and squirrels in the backyard.

We’ll miss Lulu, but it was the right decision for her and we wish her all the best in her new life.

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