Once again, Commander, President Biden’s German Shepherd, has grabbed the spotlight by biting an unsuspecting Secret Service agent.
CNN reported that Commander, the younger dog of President Joe Biden, bit yet another US Secret Service agent at the White House on Monday evening. This is one of multiple times that the 2-year-old German Shepherd has been involved in a biting incident.
Chief of communications for the Secret Service Anthony Guglielmi told CNN, “Yesterday around 8 p.m., a Secret Service Uniformed Division police officer came in contact with a First Family pet and was bitten. The officer was treated by medical personnel on complex.”
The wounded officer had a conversation with Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle on Tuesday and is reported to be in stable condition, according to Guglielmi.
CNN reports, along with US Secret Service email correspondence, indicate that Commander has been involved in a minimum of 11 biting incidents at both the White House and in Delaware. This includes a November 2022 incident where an officer had to be hospitalized due to the dog’s bites on their arms and thighs.
CNN’s inquiry about the dog’s training and safety measures went unanswered by the first family’s office.
Commander boasts a lengthy and well-documented track record of biting. In addition to the November 2022 incident where he sent an agent to the hospital after a particularly aggressive attack, he assaulted another Secret Service agent in July.
The Bidens had another dog, Major, who behaved aggressively, including biting Secret Service and White House staff. They eventually sent the dog, also a German shepherd, to live with friends in Delaware.
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Major, the Bidens’ other dog, has also gained attention for incidents involving Secret Service agents. In 2021, he attacked a different Secret Service member after the White House had stated that he had been relocated to Delaware due to previous biting incidents.
Remarkably, a spokesperson for Jill Biden placed blame on the agent, suggesting that he had somehow positioned his body between the dog’s jaws.
Michael de Rosa, the press secretary for First Lady Jill Biden, confirmed the incident in a statement to Fox News. He said, “Major is still adjusting to his new surroundings, and he nipped someone while on a walk. Out of an abundance of caution, the individual was seen by WHMU and then returned to work without injury.”