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By Zachary Lichter
U.S. President Joe Biden’s German shepherd, Commander, was removed from the White House on Thursday, October 5.
There were multiple reports of Commander displaying “aggressive behavior” towards Secret Service members, as they have reported 11 attacks from the two-year-old dog. Almost 200 pages of federal documents were released in July of this year and emailed to a conservative watchdog agency describing ten attacks dating back to October 2022.
Most of the injuries the Secret Service reported weren’t serious. However, one report said a member of the Secret Service was sent to the hospital. The 11th attack was reported on September 25th of this year, when a member of the Secret Service saw Commander in the White House and got bitten. Commander would receive more training after the reports were made, according to the White House.
According to Politico, the first lady’s press secretary, Elizabeth Alexander said that Commander is currently not in the White House while they consider the next steps.
“The President and First Lady care deeply about the safety of those who work at the White House and those who protect them every day,” Alexander said.
With Commander removed, this isn’t the first time the Bidens had to remove one of their dogs from the White House. In March 2021, Biden’s other German shepherd, Major, was removed from the White House after he nipped two people. He was sent back to Delaware for training before he came back.
The White House officials did say that Major bit two people while acclimating to his new surroundings. However, the Bidens decided to have him live with friends, where he would feel comfortable in a “quieter environment.”
The Bidens adopted Commander in December 2021, back when he was a puppy. He was a gift from Biden’s brother and sister-in-law, James and Sara Biden, after they lost their other German shepherd, Champ. Commander lived in the White House until he started biting members of the Secret Service. Since he was removed from the White House, there is no report on where he will stay.