According to two people familiar with the incident, the Bidens’ dog Major was involved in another biting incident that necessitated medical attention.
On Monday afternoon, a National Park Service employee was involved in an incident on the White House South Lawn. The employee was on the job at the time and decided to take a break to visit the White House medical staff.
Michael LaRosa, the press secretary for First Lady Jill Biden, told CNN that Major is “also adapting to his new surroundings.”
“Yes, Big snuck up on someone when out for a stroll. The person was seen by WHMU out of an abundance of caution and then returned to work without injury.”
A CNN request for comment was not immediately answered by the National Park Service.
Following a separate biting incident earlier this month, Major, a three-year-old German Shepherd adopted by the Bidens in 2018, underwent training within the last two weeks, according to the White House.
At around 5 p.m. Monday, Major was seen walking on the South Lawn with a member of the White House staff.
A short video of the walk was tweeted by Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason.
In the video, Major is leashed, which hasn’t always been the case during other walks by the Biden dogs around the White House with the President and first lady, or White House grounds superintendent Dale Haney.
Major injured a Secret Service employee at the White House on March 8, causing enough harm that the individual required medical attention from the White House medical team.
Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary at the time, described Major’s actions as “getting acclimated and accustomed to their surroundings and new people,” and said the injury was “minor.”
Major was “surprised by an unknown male,” according to Ms Psaki.
Following the incident, CNN confirmed that Major and the Bidens’ older German Shepherd, Champ, were almost instantly sent to the Bidens’ home in Wilmington, Delaware.
Ms. Psaki stated that the trip was arranged because first lady Jill Biden was leaving town.
President Biden said earlier this month in an interview with ABC News that Major was undergoing training.
“You turn a corner and see two people you’ve never met before. Ms. Biden added, “And (Major) moves to defend.”
“However, he’s a good dog.”
“He is adored by 85 percent of the people there.” He does nothing but kiss them and wag his ears. Yet… I understand why some people are afraid of dogs in the first place.”