CIA fires dog from bomb-sniffing program because she just wants to play

Photos of Lulu during her training. (Courtesy: CIA) 

A black Labrador named Lulu just wasn't meant to be a bomb-sniffing dog.

On Wednesday, the CIA announced the 1½-year-old pup was dropped from the program after she started to show signs that she wasn't interested in detecting explosive odors.

"A few weeks into training, Lulu began to show signs that she wasn’t interested in detecting explosive odors. All dogs, just like most human students, have good days and bad days when learning something new. The same is true during our puppy classes. 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. Usually, it lasts for a day, maybe two," the CIA said in a press release.

The CIA says even when the trainers could motivate Lulu with food and play to search, it was clear that she was not enjoying it anymore.

"Our trainers’ top concern is the physical and mental well-being of our dogs, so they made the extremely difficult decision to do what’s best for Lulu and drop her from the program," stated the CIA.

The CIA says Lulu was adopted by her handler. She was being trained for the Fairfax County Police Department in Virginia.

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