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Biden Saw His Dog Bite Secret Agents Repeatedly, Documents Reveal

 June 14, 2024

President Joe Biden’s German shepherd, Commander, has been involved in numerous biting incidents targeting Secret Service members, raising significant safety concerns within the agency.

Among the dozens of incidents said to have occurred, Biden witnessed at least three of them involving Commander, according to new revelations as reported by the New York Post.

Most notably, one such incident occurred on Sept. 12, 2023, when Commander bit a Secret Service member twice, puncturing their suit jacket. On Sept. 25, 2023, another attack resulted in medical treatment for the officer involved, reflecting the severity of these encounters.

Ongoing Safety Concerns and Incidents

Before Commander's arrival, another first dog named Major exhibited similar tendencies, which led to his rehoming in 2021.

Since then, records indicate that Commander has been part of incidents across various locations, including the White House Rose Garden and the Kennedy Garden. Internal records reveal that on Oct. 2, 2022, Commander bit an agent in the Rose Garden.

Another severe attack was reported on Nov. 3, 2022, when a Secret Service officer required hospitalization after being bitten. By Dec. 11, 2022, Biden once again released Commander off the leash in the Kennedy Garden, where the dog bit another agent.

Despite attempts at mitigation, such as suggestions to muzzle Commander, aggressive behavior persisted. On June 15, 2023, Commander bit an agent outside the East Wing, necessitating medical attention and halting White House tours for 20 minutes.

Escalating Incidents and Recorded Documents

Internal records reveal recurring concerns about Commander's behavior. The records highlight frequent requests for enhanced safety measures, including one from an official in the Safety, Health & Environmental Division pleading, “Can we please find a way to get this dog muzzled,” on Sept. 27, 2023.

The safety concerns are underscored by a message from a Sergeant in the Secret Service’s uniformed division after a Sept. 25, 2023, incident: “FYI- there was a dog bite and the Officer may need to go to the hospital … Have a safe shift!” These precautions reflect the heightened state of alert among Secret Service members due to the dog's aggressive behavior.

One particularly detailed account from the Sept. 12, 2023, incident documented an officer being bitten twice while they were preparing to assist President Biden. The officer recounted how Commander ran through Biden’s legs and bit their left arm. Despite initial attempts to pull away, the dog attacked again, causing more damage to the officer's suit coat.

Multiple Attacks in Various Locations

Instances of aggression spanned not only the White House but extended to Biden's vacation home. On July 29, 2023, Commander attacked a female Secret Service agent at Rehoboth Beach, necessitating stitches for her injuries. This incident marked one of the more severe attacks necessitating immediate medical intervention.

Despite these ongoing issues, the White House and Secret Service have remained tight-lipped regarding the newly surfaced documents and the incidents. These documents further indicate the internal frustrations and concerns surrounding the aggressive behavior of the First Dog.

President Biden's direct interactions with Commander during such instances showcase a consistent inadvertent exposure of Secret Service agents to harm.

In one incident, Biden took Commander off the leash, allowing the dog to roam freely in the Kennedy Garden, only for another attack to occur shortly after.


President Biden’s German shepherd, Commander, has been repeatedly implicated in biting incidents involving Secret Service members, with some attacks leading to hospitalization.

The aggressive behavior, dating back over two years, mirrors issues faced with the previous first dog, Major.

Despite witnessing several attacks and suggestions to muzzle Commander, the incidents persisted until Commander was reportedly given away in February.

The aggressive actions of Commander have led to significant internal frustrations and repeated calls for better safety measures, though the White House and Secret Service have yet to comment on the situation detailed in the recently surfaced documents