In one of the stranger stories to come out of the still-fresh Biden administration, it appears as though one of the presidential pups is not having a great time in the White House.
Joe Biden ushered in a unique first for the Oval Office, bringing a rescued dog into the presidential estate for the first time in history. This was largely seen as a major win for canine advocates, as they continue to work to stamp out the stain of puppy mills and unscrupulous breeders.
But the adjustment hasn’t been easy for the pooch, and some experts in canine behavior believe that the environment of the White House itself could be to blame.
Cesar Millan, known for the Emmy-nominated television series “Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan,” described the White House environment as “a place full of tension.” He said the problem doesn’t lie with Major, but the situation and people the dog is surrounded by.
“It’s not the dog,” he told Politico. “What Major is saying is that he doesn’t feel safe yet. And if he doesn’t feel safe, he can’t trust. And if he can’t trust, he can’t feel calm.”
And Milan wasn’t the only one.
Professional dog trainer Larry Krohn said a dog’s behavior, whether it’s good or bad, is created in the environment that the canine lives in. “Where it spends its time. The people it spends its time with,” he said.
Krohn added that behavior comes out of fear and insecurities, which he said is typical in the German shepherd breed — like Major, “especially when it’s not a well-bred dog.”
“And you can’t punish that out of a dog … you can’t treat that out of a dog,” he said, according to Politico. “You have to change the mindset of the dog to where they feel comfortable and confident in their own skin and they trust the people around them.”
Major has been working with a trainer after the incidents, as well as spending some time back at the Biden resident in Delaware.
No one was injured in the biting incidents, but the alarming behavior was in need of remedy still.
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