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Commander in teeth

WASHNGTON (AFP) – Resident White House canine Commander was back in the doghouse after the Biden family pet bit another Secret Service agent.

The feisty German shepherd, who arrived as a puppy in 2021, faces fresh training following what is reported to be at least the 11th such incident.

United States (US) President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, have blamed the “stressful” conditions at the bustling residence for the dog’s habit of nipping staff.

In the latest encounter an “officer came in contact with a first family pet and was bitten” on Monday evening, US Secret Service Communications Chief Anthony Guglielmi said.

“The officer was treated by medical personnel on complex.”

The Bidens have previously said they would get extra training for Commander after incidents including one that sent a victim to the hospital.

“As we’ve noted before, the White House can be a stressful environment for family pets, “Communications Director for First Lady Jill Biden Elizabeth Alexander said in a statement to AFP. “The first family continues to work on ways to help Commander handle the often unpredictable nature of the White House grounds.”

She added that the Bidens were “incredibly grateful to the Secret Service and executive residence staff for all they do to keep them, their family, and the country safe.”

United States (US) President Joe Biden’s dog ‘Commander’ walks on the south grounds of the White House in Washington DC. PHOTO: AFP

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