Lulu is a black Labrador who was receiving explosive detection training at the Fairfax County Police Department in Virginia. However, after showing a distinct lack of interest in the program, authorities decided this wasn’t the right job for the one-and-a-half year old pup. She’s now been dropped from the program.

Labrador was not enjoying her training

The CIA announced on Wednesday that Lulu was “not enjoying” her training, adding their trainers’ main concern is always the mental and physical well-being of the K9s under their care. The announcement went on to say they had to make a difficult decision as to what is best for Lulu and that decision was to drop her from the explosive detection training program.

The CIA told the sad tale of Lulu being dropped from the program using a series of tweets.

Lulu was reportedly the smallest dog in her class and just wasn’t showing any interest. According to the CIA, dogs are like human students in many ways – they have both good and bad days while learning something different. This definitely applies in their puppy classes.

They said a dog might start off acting in a lazy way, just guessing where odors are coming from, or they may generally disregard whatever they are being taught at that moment.

The CIA reckons this normally lasts for maybe one or two days. However in Lulu’s case, it soon became clear this wasn’t a temporary issue. They said the Black Labrador was just not interested in learning how to search for explosives.

New fur-ever home for Lulu the black Labrador

As reported by the Business Insider, it has all worked out well for Lulu, however, despite being fired, as her handler has adopted her and given her a fur-ever home.

She now plays with his children and instead of sniffing out explosives, she now sniffs out squirrels and rabbits in their backyard. She also enjoys munching on her meals and snacks. Not a bad deal for a good dog!

The CIA went on to say they will miss Lulu, but they believe it is the best decision for the Labrador and they went on to wish her everything of the best for her new life.

Intensive training for explosives detection dogs

As reported by the BBC, the dogs in the program have to learn 19,000 different explosive odors during a 10-week long training program, after which they receive a series of 10 tests. Those that pass with flying colors are used to search buildings and vehicles for explosives. The dogs are also called on during emergency situations and help out police and other governmental agencies. They even have the chance of being sent overseas during their career.