Major Biden is back in the dog house.
The president’s adopted German shepherd was involved in another biting incident on Monday afternoon, just a few weeks after reportedly nipping a White House security guard.
“Yes, Major nipped someone on a walk,” first lady Jill Biden’s press secretary Michael LaRosa told CNN. “Out of an abundance of caution, the individual was seen by WHMU [White House Medical Unit] and then returned to work.”
The 3-year-old German shepherd had just returned to the White House last week, after spending some time in Delaware following the March 8 incident. Major was “surprised by an unfamiliar person and reacted in a way that resulted in a minor injury to the individual,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at the time.
Following the first incident, President Joe Biden defended Major as a “sweet dog” who was still settling into living at the White House. “You turn a corner and there’s two people you don’t know at all. And he moves to protect,” Biden said. “But he’s a sweet dog. Eighty-five percent of the people there love him. All he does is lick them and wag his tail.”
Many people on Twitter rallied to Major’s defense following the first incident, and there appeared to still be a lot of support on Tuesday evening as Major’s name trended on the social-media platform.
Former “Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan recently told MarketWatch that he wasn’t too surprised to hear that Major has shown some aggressive behavior since moving to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
“What that [first] incident says to me is that they were not in agreement on how to welcome Major into this new lifestyle. In order for a dog to bite, he either feels the need to protect his territory, or he feels the need to protect his family — or when he’s afraid or he doesn’t trust, he can also bite,” Millan said, adding that he has offered to come to the White House and lend his services. “We are waiting and ready to help.”