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Major White House news: Biden’s dog to receive anti-biting training offsite

The Guardian - Mon Apr 12 13:13

Major the White House dog will receive further training away from the executive mansion after two biting incidents at his new home, a spokesman for the first lady, Jill Biden, said on Monday.

The misbehaving canine will receive private training in the Washington area. It is expected to last a few weeks.

“Major will undergo some additional training to help him adjust to life in the White House,” spokesman Michael LaRosa said.

The younger of the Bidens’ two german shepherds, a rescue dog, did not break skin in the first incident, the president told ABC last month. Later in March the dog bit a security staff member causing a “minor injury”, a White House spokeswoman said.

“Nipping is probably more accurate than biting,” LaRosa said on Monday.

Following the first incident, amid intense media interest about his whereabouts, the presidential pooch had a round of training in Biden’s home state, Delaware.

The aim was to help acclimatize him to life at the White House complex, where he is surrounded by aides and security officers. Trainers will now try again.