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Joe Biden’s dog Major goes back to dog school after two biting incidents

Published Apr 13, 2021 9:57 am

US President Joe Biden’s rambunctious young dog Major is leaving the White House again, this time for extra schooling in how to behave more like a presidential canine.

Michael LaRosa, a spokesman for First Lady Jill Biden, said Major would “undergo some additional training to help him adjust to life in the White House.”

“The off-site, private training will take place in the Washington, DC area, and it is expected to last a few weeks,” LaRosa said.

The transition to the White House has been tricky for the German Shepherd, a former rescue pup.

US President Joe Biden in the Oval Office with Major (right) and senior dog Champ.  Photos by Adam Schulze/White House

In March, he was briefly sent back to the Biden family home in Delaware after at least one biting incident. Weeks later Major bit another White House worker, a member of the National Park Service. “Yes, Major nipped someone on a walk.

Out of an abundance of caution, the individual was seen by the White House Medical Unit and then returned to work without injury,” said LaRosa.

President Joe Biden told ABC News in March that his four legged friend was merely over-protective in the crowded White House complex. The dog gets startled when “you turn a corner and there’s two people you don’t know,” Biden said.

Major Biden being walked on White House grounds. 

Although the dog already received some remedial training, that does not appear to have done the trick.

But while Major goes off to school, his elderly, fellow German Shepherd companion Champ will stay with his masters.

“Champ will be here,” LaRosa said. (AFP)