April 12, 2021 Updated: April 12, 2021, 9:36 am
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WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden’s dog major will receive professional help adapting to the White House after two biting incidents last month.
The private training for the 3-year-old German Shepherd will be “off-site,” in the Washington area, Michael LaRosa, a spokesman for Jill Biden, said in a statement emailed Monday. The training should take a few weeks, he said.
The Bidens also have a second German Shepherd, the 12-year-old Champ, in the White House. But it’s the younger dog who has been the source of fear since both dogs were brought to the White House from Biden’s house in Delaware in January.
Last month, the White House confirmed that Major caught someone while out on a walk. Shortly before this incident, Major caused a minor injury to an intelligence officer on March 8, the White House said.
Both dogs spent time in Delaware after the first incident – the White House said it was because the first lady was traveling for a few days – and the president had said major was being trained.
On National Pet Day Sunday, Jill Biden tweeted photos of both dogs with the caption, “I love these two!”