Dog Flunks Out of CIA Bomb-Sniffing Unit for a Very Cute Reason

Lulu is still a Very Good Girl.
By: Aly Semigran
Lulu the dog

The role of a working dog is certainly a noble one, but not all pups are cut out for the K9 lifestyle, and that’s okay. 

Some are too friendly to chase after bad guys, while others, like CIA dog-in-training Lulu, simply don’t have a taste for it. Or, rather, a smell.

On October 19, the CIA posted an update (nay, a pupdate) about Lulu, a dog who was in training to be in the organization’s explosive detection unit. But, there was one little issue.

“A few weeks into training, Lulu began to show signs that she wasn’t interested in detecting explosive odors,” the post said.

While some dogs in training don’t have a good day or two at times, Lulu just wasn’t into it … at all.


“Even when they could motivate her with food and play to search, she was clearly not enjoying herself any longer,” the post said.

Since the physical and mental well-being of the dogs is the biggest priority for the CIA trainers, according to the post, they decided to do what’s best for Lulu and drop her from the program.

But Lulu’s “failure” turned out to be quite a win for the dog: she has since been adopted by her handler.

The CIA said that they’ll miss Lulu, but it was the right choice for everyone. Plus, Lulu is already getting the most of out her “retirement.”

“She now enjoys her days playing with kids, sniffing out rabbits and squirrels in the backyard, and eating meals and snacks out of a dog dish,” the post said.

Since Lulu’s vacancy left a spot open in the CIA training program, another black Labrador, 1-year-old Harry, has joined the ranks. 


Harry, who is a Very Good Boy, is described as “a goofy, high energy fella who loves to jump and play.”

Even though Harry is the youngest in the class, he “has an incredible drive to learn and is super smart,” the CIA says. 

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