The Bidens’ dog Major has been involved in another biting incident just a few weeks after he was sent back home following a similar incident in the grounds of the White House.
This latest incident left a National Park Service employee needing medical treatment after he was “nipped” by the rescue dog on the White House South Lawn on Monday afternoon, according to CNN.
The 3-year-old German shepherd dog, adopted by the Bidens in 2018, has received training over the last few weeks, according to the White House.
Major, who was adopted from a Delaware animal shelter, was involved in another “biting incident” earlier this month with a member of White House security.
Both Major and the Biden’s other older German Shepherd dog Champ were returned to the family’s home state of Delaware shortly afterward and have since returned to the White House, as per Politico.
In this latest incident First lady Jill Biden’s press secretary Michael LaRosa told CNN that Major is “still adjusting to his new surroundings.”
“Yes, Major nipped someone on a walk. Out of an abundance of caution, the individual was seen by WHMU and then returned to work without injury.”
On Monday Reuters’ White House correspondent Jeff Mason tweeted a short video of a walk with Major who was on a leash.
President Joe Biden later told ABC News after the first incident that Major did not penetrate the employee’s skin and was receiving additional “training” at home.
“You turn a corner, and there’s two people you don’t know at all,” he said. “And he moves to protect. But he’s a sweet dog. Eighty-five percent of the people there love him. He just — all he does is lick them and wag his tail.”
Major is the first shelter dog to occupy the White House and has appeared alongside Biden in the Oval Office.
Let’s hope Major adjusts soon to his new surroundings and gets the training he needs. Clearly he’s having some issues with all the new people he’s encountering every day.