Joe Biden’s dog has bitten yet another member of the US Secret Service – the 11th time such an incident has happened.
The US president’s German shepherd attacked the agent at the White House on Monday evening, a Secret Service spokesperson said.
The female officer needed medical treatment on site after the incident but is now “doing just fine”, according to the Service’s chief of communications, Anthony Guglielmi.
It’s the latest attack by Biden’s dog, called Commander, who previously bit members of the US Secret Service 10 times between October 2022 and January of this year.
When asked about two-year-old Commander’s behaviour, Elizabeth Alexander, a spokesperson for first lady Jill Biden, stated that the White House could be a “stressful environment for pets”.
“The first family continues to work on ways to help Commander handle the often unpredictable nature of the White House grounds,” she added.
“The president and first lady are incredibly grateful to the Secret Service and Executive Residence staff for all they do to keep them, their family, and the country safe.”
When Commander’s previous 10 attacks were made public by the Department of Homeland Security in July, Ms Alexander said the Bidens had been working with the Secret Service and the White House residence staff “on additional leashing protocols and training” for the dog, as well as establishing designated areas where he could run around for exercise.
Biden’s previous pet, another German shepherd named Major, was sent to live with friends in Delaware after some biting incidents of his own involving Secret Service officers and White House staff.
The service provides security protection for the president and his family, and scores of its officers are posted around the executive mansion and its grounds.