Major Biden gets help to get out of the kennel.
The President-adopted German Shepherd Dog has been involved in a few minor biting incidents since moving to the White House with the First Family, including a National Park Services employee and security guard. But a spokeswoman for First Lady Jill Biden said Monday the three-year-old pup will be given "additional training" to adapt to life in Washington.
"Major, the Biden's younger dog, will have additional training to adapt to life in the White House," said Jill Biden's press secretary Michael LaRosa, as reported by media such as NBC. "The external, private training will take place in the Washington, DC area and is expected to last a few weeks."
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The most recent major incident occurred less than two weeks ago. "Yeah, Major caught someone out for a walk," LaRosa said at the time.
Deputy spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement to reporters at the time: “Major is still adapting to his new surroundings and has caught someone on a walk. Out of caution, the person was seen by WHMU and returned to work without injury. "
The President's puppy had just returned to the White House after spending time in Delaware following a biting incident on March 8, when Major “was caught by surprise by an unknown person and reacted in a manner that caused slight individual harm "Press Secretary Jen Psaki said at the time.
President Joe Biden has defended Major as a "cute dog" who still settled in the White House. "You turn a corner and there are two people you don't know at all. And he's trying to protect," Biden said. "But he's a cute dog. 85 percent of the people there love him. He just licks her and wags his tail. "
Lots of people on Twitter joined forces in Major's defense after both incidents.
In fact, former "dog whisperer" Cesar Millan recently told MarketWatch that he wasn't too surprised to hear that Major had shown aggressive behavior since moving to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
“This [first] incident tells me that they disagreed on how to welcome Major into this new lifestyle. In order for a dog to bite, it either has a need to protect its territory or it has a need to protect its family – or if it is scared or does not trust it can bite too, ”Millan said, adding that he has offered to come to the White House and do his services. "We are waiting and ready to help."
This story has been updated with news of Major Biden's additional training.