Animal Behavior Counseling Services Inc.

Animal Behavior Counseling Services, Inc. was founded in 1983, and later incorporated in California in 1986.  The business set down its roots inLogo dog on couch Santa Monica, CA. and then moved to its current location in West Los Angeles.  ABCS currently employs three individuals, including Richard Polsky, PhD, the President and mainstay of the business. 

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Dr. Polsky with patient (circa 1988)

ABCS, under the direction of Dr. Polsky, has rendered animal behavior therapy and training services to over 12,000 dogs and cats. The majority of the behavioral problems treated in canines have been about inappropriate or excessive aggressive behavior. Other animal behavior problems treated have been mainly those dealing with fear in dogs and inappropriate toilet behavior and aggression in cats.  In addition, thousands of dogs have taken part in the Head Start Puppy Training program held on Saturdays without interruption for 25 consecutive years in West Los Angeles.  Dr. Polsky retired from this program in 2014.  Dr. Polsky also provides temperament evaluation for dogs facing dangerous dog hearings.  In addition, expert witness services are available to attorneys involved criminal and civil litigation.

Currently ABCS works with owners and their dogs and cats on a case-by-case basis.  Owners and dog bite victims seeking assistance should make inquiry to ABCS.  Home visits and office consultations are available by appointment.  Treatment programs are individualized and based on a evidence-based approach utilizing scientific findings from the veterinary and animal behavior literature. Black dog