Dog bite expert & animal behavior specialist

Richard H. Polsky, PhD, CDBC
Los Angeles, California

“Bringing the science of animal behavior to attorneys”

Dr. Richard Polsky - The Dog Expert

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Dog bite expert witness & Animal behavior expert


Richard Polsky is one of the best qualified and most knowledgeable dog bite experts in the USA.
An academically trained animal behaviorist with over 25 years of experience as a dog bite expert witness. HeCalifornia dog bite expert witness has helped hundreds of attorneys gain favorable outcomes for their clients.

Dr. Polsky earned a Ph.D. in animal behavior from the University of Leicester. This was followed by six years of postdoctoral research in animal behavior at the University of California at Los Angeles, after which he opened a full-time private practice as an applied animal behaviorist following his academic studies and research at UCLA.   Dr. Polsky has personally trained thousands of dogs and their owners, including hundreds of Rottweilers, pit bulls and German shepherds.

Dr. Polsky’s qualifications and approach set him apart from other self-proclaimed dog bite experts. Namely, a science-based evidence approach. As a Ph.D. he utilizes the findings from animal behavior science and applies these findings in dog bite lawsuits to form opinions about issues such as provocation, negligence, foreseeability of the dog’s actions and whether the defendant’s dog posed a danger to public safety.

He is the author of many peer-reviewed publications in the journals of animal behavior. Certification previously held for 20 years through the Animal Behavior Society and currently certified through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Dr. Polsky has served as an invited speaker to law firms representing insurance carriers, he is led seminars for canine professionals and has been a featured speaker on many occasions to veterinary associations about dog aggression.

Dr. Polsky will consider assignments nationwide to render expert opinion. Services include: consultation, documentation review, report writing and testimony at deposition or trial. Issues addressed include provocation, negligence, the handling of aggressive canines, temperamental assessment and the reconstruction and analysis of personal injury caused by German shepherds, Cane corsos, Rottweiler, Pit bulls and other dangerous breeds. Dr. Polsky is a court qualified police canine expert.   Read more about the typical questions for the dog bite expert witness.

About This Website is the internet’s most comprehensive website on animal behavior & dog bite law.  A website of resources for attorneys, paralegals and dog bite victims.  This website shares Dr. Polsky’s knowledge and expert opinions about animal behavior and how the science of animal behavior interfaces with dog bite law.  Dog bite victims are invited to complete the dog bite injury form.  Visit the dog bite injury blog.  Connect with Dr. Polsky on social media.   Use the search function or site map to find relevant content. Thanks for visiting!