Published: Thu, October 19, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Central Intelligence Agency dog dropped after turning her nose up at training

Central Intelligence Agency dog dropped after turning her nose up at training

Lulu the black Labrador wasn't cut out for a career as a bomb sniffer dog.

A sniffer dog in training at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the United States has been asked to leave her class.

The CIA found that the same holds true for puppies when they let a K9 named Lulu go from her job learning to sniff for explosives.

The agency said "there can be a million reasons why a particular dog has a bad day", with its trainers becoming "doggy psychologists" to figure out what will help them.

The CIA gave Lulu's handler the opportunity to adopt her and he did.

So the force "fired" the smallest puppy in its class, a call it described as "difficult" but "the best for Lulu". 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.

Sometimes they are bored and need extra playtime or challenges, the Central Intelligence Agency explained, sometimes they need a break or have a food allergy requiring a change in food.

In Lulu's case, however, it soon became apparent that the issue was not temporary. The CIA tried to motivate her with food and playtime but Lulu, presumably a longtime defender of human rights overseas, was sceptical about working for an agency with a long history of election intrusion, warrantless surveillance and assassinations. "Even when they could motivate her with food and play to search, she was clearly not enjoying herself any longer".

There's a lot of love out there for retired pup Lulu and her training buddies.

Lulu couldn't just hack her training.

This will be the only news story of the year to have a happy ending.

The tweet announcing the decision to stop Lulu's training has been liked more than 3,000 times, with many Twitter users praising the force.

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