Dog Bite | Animal Behavior Expert Witness For Attorneys

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

“Bringing the science of animal behavior to attorneys”

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Animal behavior specialist in California, Richard Polsky, Ph.D.

Animal Behavior Counseling Services, Inc. was founded in 1983 by California animal behavior specialist and dog bite expert, Richard Polsky.

ABCS was incorporated in Los Angeles, California in 1986.  The business set down its roots inAnimal behavior specialist Santa Monica, CA. and then moved to its current location in West Los Angeles, California.  ABCS currently employs two individuals, including Richard Polsky, Ph.D., the President and founder of the business. 

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Animal behavior specialist, Dr. Polsky with Puffin. circa 1989.

ABCS, under the direction of Dr. Polsky, has rendered  behavior therapy and training services to over 12,000 canines and cats in California. The majority of the behavioral problems treated in canines have been about the inappropriate display of 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, including police K-9s and over 100 different breeds, have taken part in Dr. Polsky’s Head Start Puppy Training program. This program  continued for 25 consecutive years without interruption in Los Angeles, California. The program terminated in 2015. This allowed Dr. Polsky to focus on his expert witness work for dog bite attorneys.

Dr. Polsky, as an animal behavior specialist, has a strong interest in temperament evaluation for dogs facing dangerous dog hearings.  He welcomes the opportunity to help owners defend their dogs wrongfully accused by animal control agencies in Southern California.

Dr. Polsky’s research focuses on dog-owner interactive behavior in dog parks, shelter dog behavior and comparison about attitudes of people towards pit bulls in different parts of the USA.  

ABCS works with owners and their dogs and cats on a case-by-case basis.  Owners and dog bite victims seeking assistance should contact Dr. Polsky to determine his availability.  Virtual consultations are an option given Covid 19.  Animal behavior treatment programs are specialized and based on a evidence-based approach utilizing scientific findings from the veterinary and animal behavior literature.


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