A Uniformed Division officer at the White House was bitten by President Biden’s dog, Commander, on Monday evening. The officer received on-site medical treatment and is reportedly doing well. The incident highlights the challenges of having pets in the high-stress environment of the White House, prompting the first family to work on ways to help Commander adjust to the unpredictable nature of the grounds. The Bidens expressed gratitude to the Secret Service and Executive Residence staff for their efforts in ensuring their safety and the country’s.
According to records from the Department of Homeland Security, this is not the first time that Commander has bitten or attacked Secret Service personnel. Between October 2022 and January, there have been at least 10 other similar incidents, with one case even requiring a hospital visit for the injured officer. This is not the first aggressive behavior displayed by the Biden family’s dogs, as their previous German shepherd, Major, was also involved in biting incidents and was eventually sent to live with friends in Delaware.
The Secret Service plays a crucial role in providing security protection for the president and his family, with many officers stationed around the White House and its expansive grounds. President Biden received Commander as a gift from his brother James in December 2021. Alongside Commander, the first family also has a cat named Willow. Ensuring the safety and well-being of pets in the White House remains a priority for the Bidens, as they continue to address and manage the challenges associated with the unique environment.