Lulu the lab fails out of the CIA, prefers chasing squirrels to detecting explosives

The CIA trains explosive detection canines, aka bomb dogs, to sniff out potentially deadly situations. But sometimes a puppy has other ideas.

Every year, the CIA picks new recruits and puts them through six weeks of imprint training, where they get paired with human partners, another 10-weeks of advanced training, national certification tests and, if all goes successfully, graduation day in November.

Most people have no idea that the CIA has its own K9 Corps.

K9 officers serve as the first line of defense against explosive threats to Agency personnel and buildings at Headquarters and abroad. Additionally, they are on-call 24/7 to assist local law enforcement and other federal government agencies search for explosives.

Pending graduation, these new puppies will join CIA’s K9 Corp and play a large part in keeping everyone at the CIA safe.

When Lulu the smallest dog in the class, a 1½-year-old female black lab from Susquehanna Service Dogs was first brought in, staff noticed right away her potential foibles, according to the CIA news site.

She’s hyper and silly when she plays, but has an easygoing sweetness and is extremely sensitive to her surroundings and what is being asked of her.

Lulu was being trained for Fairfax County Police Department in Virginia.

But then something happened:

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