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I'm officially volunteering as a trainer if housing at the White House and food from the chef are included.
 

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I had a rescue that was very similar to Major. He was fine in his own element but could never have tolerated living in a public setting. I’m furious at the damage this is doing to our breed and I agree with the above comment that rescued dogs don’t always make good companion dogs. Our dog had to be managed until the day he passed. Real dog lovers would never put a dog Iike that into constant stress situations. They need a better plan before someone is seriously hurt and the dog is put down. Medical treatment was sought after one of the bites, so they weren’t harmless.
This exactly! I know the limitations of my dogs. My previous shelter GSD was comfortable with anyone who came into the house. She was standoffish, outside of the home, but never aggressive with humans. She was reactive to other dogs. I never allowed her to be in a position to become aggressive with other dogs. I avoided any interactions, as they caused her anxiety. My current shelter GSD is quirky. She doesn't have an aggressive bone in her body. If you come into the house, she will adore you - especially if you are a man. But, she must have her safe spaces. She likes her house, her yard, her car. She is not comfortable outside of her safe spaces. To me, it's about understanding your dog. Major is not being understood. He needs a safe space and a consistent person to interact with him. None of this is fair to the dog. It reflects poorly on our breed and on rescues. That is also unfair, as what is going on with the dog is completely preventable.
 

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I'm officially volunteering as a trainer if housing at the White House and food from the chef are included.
Sent an email some time ago! Short answer, thanks but no thanks...

You might have a higher security clearance though, so good luck!
 
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It’s not his dog, it‘s his wife‘s. He’s not responsible for training or handling. They need a specialist in fear aggression. @David Winners could steer them in a better direction. A fearful dog first tries to get away from the thing that scares him. When he can’t escape, he growls or barks a warning to stay away. If he’s punished for growling, he does the only thing left, puts teeth on people. It works and they back away. Then he’s primed to bite. We don’t know what led up to these attacks, but I would bet he was prevented from growling over time and had no options left. I had a fear aggressive rescue and worked with a specialist. He said any time a dog puts teeth on someone out of fear, vs something mild like nuzzling an owner, it’s a bite. My rescue started doing that. First he squeezed a hand with his teeth. Then it got worse. A bite is a bite. DC dog bite law clearly states after one bite, a dog has a history. The dog has a history.
 

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David winners should most certainly vie for the position if it is open.

Major and Champ are the Biden’s family dogs. There is not much to say as there is not many details as to what happened. Nor am I present in the White House. The dog was leashed this much I know during this incident. Management needs to be revised and training is certainly a process. Agreeing the dog needs a quiet space. It’s important to read the level of stress in a dog. I can not say what managing practices have been occurring inside the White House. I’m assuming the trainer is awaiting the lengthy White House security clearance.

The Biden’s are working with a k9 police trainer -Mark Tobin who has trained Champ and worked with the Biden’s dog Major as a pup and both dogs pre covid when the election campaign started. He has been in the Biden’s Delaware home on the weekends -since the first incident working with Major. Not sure who is going to be training the dogs at the White House pending security clearance - which takes weeks but I believe that same K9 Delaware trainer- Mark Tobin will be at the White House training there as well.

Dale Haney has been the dog walker at the White House since the 70’s for all the Presdients’ dogs. He is the one that walks the dogs when the Biddens can not.

Dale Haney is also the supervisor of the national park and is the grounds keeper of the White House as well as assist in caring for the dogs at the White House when needed or when the Bidens vacation. I wonder if he is the one that was bitten walking the dogs at the time or was the one walking the dogs -again only my assumption.

People seem to be stuck on this is a rescue issue? Its a threshold/training /management /possible nerve issue. There have been Hoover’s and Roosevelt’s German shepherds who were both retired police dogs that were challenged with stress of the White House. Jackie Kennedy had her German shepherd, who looks like a clone of Major’s, trained by a k9 police trainer and lived in the White House successfully.

Some transitions are real bumpy , some transitions are super smooth and some can’t transition at all. Good training, management, consistency and patience will be key to determine the outcome in a hectic place like the White House- which is large enough to make adjustments to make it quiet for a dog who needs a more stable and secure setting.

 

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Sigh. The family moved there in January. It is April. The dog lives in the present, not the past, not the future. We are suddenly going to embrace Cesar, when most of us have vilified him in the past -- it's not the dog, ask not what the dog can do for you -- ok this is bologna. We have a dog. For what? We have a dog for companionship, for our health, for enjoyment, for a need within ourselves to connect with an extraordinary being with a personality of their own. Most of us do not get a dog because we a looking for a project. But even that, could be, because when we see how a dog taken out of a bad situation, improves and we can get a form of fulfillment by seeing a dog blossom and grow. But we do not get a dog that will increase our stress, cause serious liability or pain to ourselves or others. If that were the case there would be a lot of folks out there walking bears and tigers.

Champ is doing fine in the White House, with the move, going back and forth to the DE residence. The people, the variance, and so forth. And sure Champ is older, but lots of older dogs have even more trouble with disruption of their schedule, rules, home, and it takes them even longer to acclimate. Major has no business in the WH. He is not the right kind of temperament to reside there freely, and the people in charge of him do not have the right management skill to keep others safe from what he might do. If you have a dog with weak nerves (AKA "protective" in 99.87% of cases), then you have to be vigilent and constantly scan the environment and ACT BEFORE the dog REACTS.

This isn't rocket science. And if it was anyone other than the president the conversations surrounding his dog's behavior would be totally different. We would be knocking heads in about the lack of seriousness on the dog's behavior. The dog was a rescue -- sure 100 years ago -- the dog lives in the present and they have had the dog from a puppy, so cut the excuses. It's the people not the dog -- yep, as dog owners our dog's behavior is our responsibility. So if the dog cannot be trusted in a dog park, we find different outlets for their mental and physical workout. That is dog ownership 101.

My feeling is that the president and the first lady do not have the time or the energy to properly manage and train this dog, so they should find someone willing to take him who has the knowledge, experience, time and inclination to do so. Being the POTUS, they are uniquely situated to find such a person -- if there is anyone out there, they can find them, which most of us do not have. For most of us, Major's chances at living out a full lifespan would be seriously limited, because most of the folks that do have the knowledge and experience, aren't looking for a project. Dave Winners, if the Bidens offered to give you Major, would you take him? Dave Winners if Sue Selzer offered to give you Kojak, would you take him? You can't take them all, and the chances of finding an appropriate home for Major are really, really good because of the Biden's position. So, please, encourage him to do the right thing with the dog, take someone's (not Cesar's) offer and give him up -- THAT would be a responsible show of leadership:

When we take on a position that requires the trust of people who have elected/hired us to do a job that is beyond the normal when it comes to long-term consequences, stressful situations, and so forth, we sometimes have to make personal sacrifices and decisions that effect our own home and family. Some folks who are in the service have to leave their home and families to go overseas and put their lives in danger, but they do so to protect the country they love and the people they care for. He should let Major go. Or rather, no one should give him guff if he chooses to go that route.

Ok, I'll go back at just watching and laughing.
 

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All kinds of problems right there in that photo. 5 at first glance. This isn't going to go well since no one seems to know what they're doing, Bidens included..
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A handler walks Major, one of President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden's dogs, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, March 31, 2021. (Mandel Ngan/Pool via AP)
 
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