The Bidens' younger dog, Major, to undergo additional training after biting incidents
00:04, Wednesday, 14 April, 2021
The Biden family’s younger dog, Major, will undergo additional training to help him adjust to life in the White House after two biting incidents in recent weeks, a spokesman for first lady Jill Biden said Monday.
“The off-site, private training will take place in the Washington, D.C., area, and it is expected to last a few weeks,” spokesman Michael LaRosa said. The 3-year-old dog is the younger of the Bidens’ two German shepherds and was adopted from the Delaware Humane Association. The Bidens got their 12-year-old German shepherd, Champ, as a puppy.
The additional training comes after Major was involved in a pair of biting incidents at the White House and was first reported by CNN. In early March, Major nipped the hand of a Secret Service agent, causing what officials described as a “minor” injury that did not break the skin. He received training in Delaware, but then had a second nipping incident a few weeks later with a staff member on the South Lawn while leashed and on a walk. President Joe Biden has publicly defended Major, saying his dog is protective and has been adjusting to many unfamiliar people on the grounds around the White House.