The incident took place on the White House South Lawn on Monday afternoon, during which the US president’s youngest German Shepherd, Major, 3, reportedly bit a National Park Service employee. The employee received treatment from the White House Medical Unit (WHMU) although his injuries were not serious enough to prevent the employee from returning to work.
“Yes, Major nipped someone on a walk,” said Michael LaRosa, First lady Jill Biden’s press secretary.
“Out of an abundance of caution, the individual was seen by WHMU and then returned to work without injury.”
Mr LaRosa added that Major is “still adjusting to his new surroundings.”
The National Park Service employee was reportedly working at the time of the incident and stopped in order to be treated by WHMU.
Major, who is the president’s youngest dog was involved in another incident earlier this month on March 8, where he bit a Secret Service agent.
Although the bite did enough damage that the agent had to be treated by WHMU, White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, said the injuries were “minor.”
Ms Psaki added that Major was still “getting acclimated and accustomed to their new surroundings and new people,” and that the incident was triggered due to Major being “surprised by an unfamiliar person.”
Following the first biting incident, both of Mr Biden’s dogs were sent back to their family home in Wilmington, Delaware.
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“He just — all he does is lick them and wag his tail. But … I realize some people, understandably, are afraid of dogs to begin with.”