Major back in the doghouse! Biden’s German Shepherd is removed from the White House for “additional training” after biting two government officials
- President Joe Biden’s rescue puppy Major will receive additional training
- Major will be leaving the White House for two weeks to be trained nearby
- It comes after a second biting incident raised more questions about his behavior
- Major has bitten two government employees since moving into the White House
- Officials say he has not adjusted to his new home
- Major is on a leash when spotted at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
- Bidens adopted him from the shelter to be a companion to older dog Champ
President Joe Biden’s rescue puppy Major will be removed from the White House to undergo additional training after a second biting incident has raised more questions about the dog’s behavior.
The White House claims the three-year-old German Shepherd is still adjusting to his new life at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. And to help him, he gets a few weeks of training in the Washington DC area.
“Major, the Bidens’ younger dog, will undergo some extra training to help him adjust to White House life,” Michael LaRosa, a spokesman for First Lady Jill Biden, told DailyMail.com. “The off-site, private training will take place in the Washington, DC area and is expected to take a few weeks.”
Major has bitten two White House staff since moving into his new home. Last month, he bit an employee of the Park Service – the National Park Service maintains White House lawns – and in February he bit a security guard.
In both incidents, the person was checked by the White House Medical Unit and there was no serious damage. White House officials defended Major as “surprised” and only bite the person in question.
The Bidens rescue puppy Major (left) will leave the White House to undergo additional training after a second biting incident; the older dog Champ van de Bidens is to the right on the South Lawn
Major, 3, is on a leash when seen in the White House, while older Champ, 12, shuffles and moves slowly
President Biden pats Champ on the back; the Bidens adopted Major as the older dog’s companion
Major was sent to Delaware after the first biting incident for additional training to help him adjust to his new home. The 132-room White House is located on 18 acres in downtown Washington DC. In his new residence, Major is constantly surrounded by assistants and security agents.
The puppy, which the Bidens adopted from an animal shelter in November 2018, was kept on a leash in recent weeks when he was spotted at the White House. While Major is on a leash, the Bidens’ older German Shepherd, Champ, roams freely.
But Champ, who is 12, moves slowly and stiffly and often stops to rest. He likes to lie on the South Lawn in the sun while Major runs around.
The dogs are often seen on the South Lawn, getting some air and using the facilities. Major is boisterous on outings, often pulling on the leash and dragging his handler across the lawn.
Major has bitten two government employees since moving to the White House
Jill Biden is seen with the two dogs during the presidential campaign
The first lady tweeted about her pets for National Pet Day on Sunday
President Biden said they adopted Major on the advice of a vet, who said it would help keep the older dog more active.
Jill Biden tweeted pictures of her two dogs for National Pet Day on Sunday, writing ‘Love these two!’
Major is the first rescue dog to have lived in the White House, following Biden’s inauguration in January.