Dog Bite | Animal Behavior Expert Witness

Richard H. Polsky, Ph.D. CDBC
Los Angeles, California

“Bringing the science of animal behavior to attorneys”

Animal behavior expert on dog bite attacks

Richard H. Polsky, Ph.D. CDBC
Los Angeles, California

“Bringing the science of animal behavior to attorneys”

Animal Behavior Expert Witness Consulting | Bio Richard Polsky, Ph.D.

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Dr. Polsky provides animal behavior expert witness consulting services to attorneys handling dog bite cases.

Dog bite expert witness, Richard Polsky, Ph.D. obtained a doctorate in animal behavior from the University of Leicester in 1975. Dr. Polsky was mentored by Prof. Waldek Sluckin during his studies at Leicester (1970-1975).

Subsequently, Dr. Polsky spent two years (1974-1976) as a research associate in animal behavior at the University of Birmingham in England, where he worked closely with primatologist, Prof. Michael Chance.

Immediately thereafter, he served as a post-doctoral fellow in the Brain Research Institute at UCLA.  At UCLA, he engaged in full-time research in animal behavior for 6 years (1976-1981). He worked closely with the late sociobiologist Prof. Michael McGuire.

Dr. Polsky is the author of many peer-reviewed publications.  His most recent writings discuss the inherently dangerous nature of attack-trained police canines.

Dr. Polsky phased-out a career in academics after 11 years and moved to the private sector as a dog behavior expert.  He was one of the first with a Ph.D. to open a clinical practice in the United States.  His office opened in Santa Monica, California in 1981.  At that time he limited his work to dogs.  He expanded the practice to include cats in 1984.  Thereafter, he moved his office to the Rancho Park section of Los Angeles, where he has remained ever since.

Dr. Polsky has helped thousands of dog and cats owners solve a wide variety of behavioral problems. In 1985, he started his Head Start Puppy Training Classes. He taught these classes without interruption for 25 consecutive years. The dog training classes functioned to train owners to train their puppies with scientifically proven techniques. Dr. Polsky has counseled owners and their canines and cats on over 10,000 occasions.  As a dog behavior legal expert, Dr. Polsky has evaluated hundreds of canines in accordance with the criteria set forth by the American Kennel Club’s CGC testing program.

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Dr. Polsky has been retained by dog bite attorneys as dog bite legal expert on over 300 occasions. He has been deposed on more than 100 occasions.  He has appeared at trial on over 50 occasions. His work is equally split between defense and plaintiff.  He served as the dog behavior legal expert for the defense in the San Francisco dog mauling.  Moreover, Dr. Polsky has always successfully met Dalbert challenges.

Dr. Polsky has a strong interest in keeping abreast of the current scientific literature for the purpose of applying this knowledge in dog bite litigation as an dog bite  expert witness.  Dr. Polsky lives in Los Angeles with his human family and two trustworthy and loyal canines: a border terrier, Layla, and a terrier mix, Mojo.

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