Topline

President Joe Biden’s dog, Major, is set to receive “additional” training to help him to adjust to his new home in Washington, D.C., following two biting incidents at the White House, a spokesperson for first lady Jill Biden said Monday.

Key Facts

Three-year-old Major, the younger of the Bidens’ two German Shepherds, will undergo additional training “to help him adjust to life in the White House,” a spokesperson for Jill Biden, Michael LaRosa, said Monday. 

Major has been involved in two biting incidents since moving into the White House, though LaRosa said “nipping” would probably be a more accurate description. 

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

Key Background

The Bidens’ two dogs, Champ and Major, moved into the White House within days of Biden’s inauguration after four petless years under Trump. Major made history for being the first shelter dog to live in the White House. In November, the then president-elect fractured his foot while playing with his dogs, reportedly slipping on Major. The pair were briefly moved back to the Bidens’ Delaware home after Major’s first biting incident at the White House, in which he caused “a minor injury,” according to Biden’s press secretary Jen Psaki. LaRosa said Major was “still adjusting to his new surroundings” after Major’s second incident, where he “nipped” someone while out on a walk. 

Further Reading

Report: Joe Biden’s Dogs Moved Out Of White House After ‘Biting Incident’ (Forbes)

2nd Major Bite: Biden’s Dog ‘Nipped’ Another Person (Forbes)

Major Biden to get training after two biting incidents (CNN)