March 20th, 2009
12:15 PM ET
13 years ago

Biden pup to obedience school

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The Biden family got a German Shepherd, like the one pictured above, in December."]
(CNN) - With an innocent face and America's vice president as his master, it's hard to believe even Joe Biden's puppy isn't exempt from the occasional in-house accident.

That's why next month the VP's German Shepherd named Champ will head to obedience school for some housebreaking training.

Champ will attend sessions with trainer Mark Tobin not only to make sure he's fully house trained, but to help him adapt to the Bidens' hectic and mobile lifestyle.

"Champ's a laid-back, very fun, energetic puppy," Tobin told The Washington Post. "He's great with kids, very, very, good-natured." Tobin trains dogs to fit into their future life - in this case, he took the puppy to several locations. "We wanted him to get used to a lot of environmental changes."

Tobin is a Biden family friend and runs a dog obedience school and New Castle County's K-9 Unit in Delaware.

The three-month-old dog has traveled back and forth with the Bidens from their new residence at the Naval Observatory in Washington to their home in Delaware. Named by Biden's grandkids and a present from Jill Biden, Champ joined the Second family in December shortly after the election.

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