- Commander has been involved in at least 11 biting incidents at the White House
- White House working on “additional leashing protocols and training” for Commander.
- This is the second Biden dog that has bitten agents.
President Joe Biden’s younger dog, Commander, bit another US Secret Service agent at the White House on Monday evening.
Commander has been involved in at least 11 biting incidents at the White House and in Delaware, including a November 2022 incident where an officer was hospitalized after the dog clamped down on their arms and thighs.
The White House had said that it was working on “additional leashing protocols and training” for Commander. “As we’ve noted before, the White House can be a stressful environment for family pets, and the First Family continues to work on ways to help Commander handle the often unpredictable nature of the White House grounds,” said Elizabeth Alexander, a spokesperson for first lady Jill Biden.
The injured officer spoke with Secret Service Uniformed Division Chief Alfonso M. Dyson Sr. on Tuesday and is doing OK, Guglielmi said.
This is the second Biden dog that has bitten agents. The first was Major, a dog they adopted from a shelter and brought to the White House in 2021. But after a couple of biting incidents, Major was went to live with a family friend in Delaware. The Biden’s got Commander as a puppy later that year, in December 2021.
According to reports, Major, who was three years old at the time, was known to display aggressive behaviour on multiple occasions, including jumping and barking at staff and security.