Here’s What Happens When A CIA K9 Doesn’t Want To Sniff Bombs Anymore
They have a saying in the CIA’s bomb squad.
But whatever it is, Lulu isn’t interested.
The labrador retriever was dismissed from the CIA’s bomb-sniffing school a few weeks into the program after handlers began to wonder if she was really up for the task, ABC reports.
They had high hopes for her, but Lulu has other career plans.
“We are sad to announce that Lulu has been dropped from the program,” a CIA press release read.
#CIAK9 Pupdate:— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017
Sometimes, even after testing, our pups make it clear being an explosive detection K9 isn’t for themhttps://t.co/nPZl6YWNKb pic.twitter.com/07TXRCH7bp
“Sometimes, even after testing, our pups make it clear being an explosive detection K9 isn’t for them,” the CIA Tweeted.
All dogs, like humans, have good & bad days when learning something new.— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017
Same for our pups, though it usually lasts just a day or two. pic.twitter.com/z9lQa2uKX4
“There are a million reasons why a dog has a bad day & our trainers must become doggy psychologists to figure out what will help pups,” the Tweets continued. “Sometimes a pup is bored & needs extra playtime, sometimes they need a little break, or it’s a minor medical condition like a food allergy.”
Lulu wasn’t interested in searching for explosives.— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017
Even when motivated w food & play, she was clearly no longer enjoying herself. pic.twitter.com/puvhDk1tRX
Even after weeks of working with some dogs, trainers have to face the fact that some dogs just aren’t interested in the job. Lulu was one of those dogs.
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— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017
As the trainers’ highest concern is the physical and mental welfare of the animals, the decision was made to cut Lulu out of the program and discontinue training.
But she’s not just being left out on the street.
“When a pup is removed or retires from our K9 program, the handler & their family is given the chance to adopt them & many do,” the CIA tweeted.
Lulu was adopted by her handler & now enjoys her days playing w his kids & a new friend, & sniffing out rabbits & squirrels in the backyard. pic.twitter.com/WOImM75P1D— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017
“We’ll miss Lulu, but it was the right decision for her & we wish her all the best in her new life!” the agency wrote.
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