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- President Biden’s rescue dog, Major, has made recent headlines after two biting incidents.
- Major is said to have bitten a member of the Secret Service and a National Park Service employee.
- Cesar Millan, celebrity dog trainer, appeared on “Fox News Primetime” to discuss what could be fueling the incidents.
Celebrity dog trainer Cesar Millan of “Dog Whisperer” fame appeared on “Fox News Primetime” on Tuesday and discussed his thoughts as to why President Biden’s family dog could be acting out.
Biden’s rescue dog, Major, a German shepherd, has made headlines in recent weeks following two incidents in which he is said to have bitten a member of the Secret Service and a National Park service employee.
Millan speculated that the change in environment and an influx of new people interacting with Major could be to blame.
“Animals do react from the energy in the environment. But this is a perfect example of not having a safety protocol to introduce dogs into the White House,” he said.
“We can't blame the dog, that's the first thing we have to understand. We can't blame the dog,” Millan said. “We have to take full responsibility of how to introduce a dog into an environment and then introduce the dog to new people so he gains the trust, respect, and the love. Then you have harmony.”
Changes in environment and the introduction of new people can be a difficult adjustment, especially when it comes to rescue animals, which can be hypersensitive due to their unknown or sometimes traumatic histories.
According to the Human Society, “Don’t rush your new dog into unfamiliar situations. ... Most dogs will be overwhelmed simply by the transition to your home so keep things as quiet and consistent as possible for the first week or more.”
Millan reiterated this during the segment. “Rescue dogs, [it] doesn't mean they are broken. Rescue dog means they had a human prior to them that didn't know how to fulfill the life of a dog. So the dog became unstable,” he said.
“We all come with issues. After 20 years of age, people have issues. So a rescue dog is a dog that had issues and they were placed into a shelter,” Millan said. “It doesn't mean he can't go back to normal. Back to normal means the human gives exercise, mental stimulation, and affection. Body, mind, heart.”
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