Lulu didn’t warm up to the idea of a life spent sniffing explosives
She’s just not that into you.
We all have those career panic moments; questioning our field; wondering if we’d be happier upping sticks and moving to Hawaii to work in a beach shack; typing ‘professional chocolate taster jobs’ into Google. And it appears our canine friends are no different.
Meet Lulu, the dog too carefree for a life in the CIA. The black labrador had a promising career as a bomb-sniffer ahead of her, but failed to stay focused on the task at hand. Lulu was recruited as part of the latest intake of puppies by the US intelligence agencies to be used for ‘detecting explosive odours’.
Her handlers tried to address the problem as puppies can go through periods of disillusionment, but it just wasn’t meant to be for Lulu. In a blogpost, the CIA said: ‘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.’
The agency added: ‘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.’
Although Lulu took a paws from the profession, she hasn’t fallen by the wayside. She was adopted by her handler and now lives with her family and another labrador called Harry.