Explaining the biting incident, the president said Major was startled by a Secret Service agent whom he was unfamiliar with, causing the dog to react in a way that resulted in a minor injury for the secret service agent. The injured agent got attended to within the White House, without any need for further treatment.
While it is believed that the two first dogs were sent to Delaware due to the biting incident, the president and the White House press have mentioned on a number of occasions that the Delaware trip had been planned even prior to the incident, due to the fact that the President and the First Lady were going to be away from the White House during that time.
However, during their leave of absence from the White Houses, sources have confirmed that the two dogs received some additional training to prevent the likelihood of such an incident being repeated.
The White House press secretary mentioned that even though the two dogs currently call 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue home, they still have a home in Delaware, and therefore, people should expect that the dogs will occasionally spend some time in Delaware.
12-year-old Champ has been part of the Biden’s life for over a decade now, while 3-year-old Major is a rescue dog who was adopted by the president from the Delaware Humane Association just two years ago.