President Biden’s three-year-old rescue dog Major has been involved in another biting incident at the White House – his second this month.
The younger of the US president’s two German Shepherds “nipped someone while on a walk” on Monday, said Michael LaRosa, press secretary to first lady Jill Biden.
He said the dog was “still adjusting to his new surroundings”, adding that the person was seen by medical staff “out of an abundance of caution” but returned to work without injury.
Earlier this month, Major bit a security staff member, according to media reports.
The incident caused a “minor injury”, a White House spokeswoman said at the time.
The dog had only just returned last week from a round of training following the first incident.
He and the the Bidens’ other dog, Champ, who is 12, spent time at the family home in Delaware.
Major received training to help him get used to life at the 18-acre White House complex, where the dogs are surrounded by staff and security officers.
For the most part, Major is a “sweet dog,” Mr Biden said in an interview with ABC News earlier this month.
The president explained the biting by saying the dog had “turned a corner, there’s two people he doesn’t know at all, you know, and they move and [he] moves to protect”.
He added that “85% of the people there love him”.
Mr Biden adopted Major from the Delaware Humane Society in 2018 after serving as vice president under Barack Obama.