KEY POINTS

  • Major bit a National Park Service employee on the White House lawn
  • The employee had to stop work to receive medical treatment
  • Major has been going through training for two weeks

White House dog Major has bitten a second employee this month, soon after returning from a two-week training necessitated by the first biting. 

The German Shepherd bit a National Park Service employee on the South Lawn of the White House on Monday. The employee had to stop work to receive medical treatment from the White House’s medical unit.

First Lady Jill Biden's press secretary, Michael LaRosa, told CNN that Major is still getting used to his new home. He said the dog was being cautious.

Major is a 3-year-old German Shepherd that the Bidens adopted in 2018. Major had been undergoing training for the past two weeks after the biting incident earlier this month, according to the White House.

Major appeared to be on a leash while on a walk in a video tweeted by Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason on Monday. Biden family's dogs - Major and Champ - usually went unleashed whenever on a walk around the White House with the President, the First Lady or the superintendent of the White House grounds, Dale Haney.

Major’s first biting incident happened on March 8. A Secret Service employee had to be treated by the White House medical team.

Back then, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that the injury was minor and that Major only bit the Secret Service employee because he’s overwhelmed by new surroundings and unfamiliar people.

Major, along with the Bidens’ other German Shepherd, Champ, had to be sent to the Biden home in Wilmington, Delaware, after the first biting incident. 

Biden told ABC News that Major is going through training to prevent him from biting people.

First dogs Champ and Major Biden are seen on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on January 25, 2021 First dogs Champ and Major Biden are seen on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on January 25, 2021 Photo: AFP / JIM WATSON