By Steve Neavling
President Biden’s dog, Commander, bit another Secret Service officer at the White House on Monday, making it at least the 11th aggressive incident involving the German shepherd.
The officer was treated by medical personnel at the White House, the Associated Press reports.
“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,” Elizabeth Alexander, communications director for First Lady Jill Biden.
She added the Bidens are “incredibly grateful to the Secret Service and Executive Residence staff for all they do to keep them, their family, and the country safe.”
Since October 2022, Commander has bitten Secret Service officers at least 11 times, and one bite was so bad that a law enforcement officer was sent to the hospital with injuries to the arms and thigh.
Commander arrived at the White House in 2021 and has struggled to adapt to his new surroundings, according to emails obtained by Judicial Watch, a Washington-based conservative group.
Biden’s brother James gave Commander to Biden in December 2021 as a gift.
The president’s previous German shepherd, Major, was removed from the White House after similar biting incidents involving Secret Service agents and White House staff. Agents were reportedly furious about Major’s behavior and accused the White House of downplaying bite injuries.