Jill Biden’s press secretary Michael LaRosa told CNN, “Major’s little dog, Major, will undergo some additional training to help adjust to life in the White House.” “Off-site, there will be private training in the Washington, DC area, and it is expected to last a few weeks.”
White House press secretary Jane Saki at the time said the removal of the dogs from the White House was “planned” because of Jill’s itinerary.
“(Champion and Major) are still getting accustomed and addicted to their surroundings and new people,” Sakaki said. “Major was surprised by an unfamiliar person and reacted in a way that resulted in a minor injury to the person.”
Less than three weeks later, CNN reported that Major had bitten another White House worker, this time a member of the National Park Service. That incident was confirmed by LaRosa.
“Yes, the Major called someone for a walk. With an abundance of caution, the person was seen by the White House Medical Unit and then returned to work without injury,” Larosa said.
“Eighty-twenty-five percent of the people love him. All he does – all he does is lick them and wipe their tails,” said Joe Biden. “But” I realize some people, understandably, are afraid of dogs to begin with.