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 in Santa Monica, CA. and then moved to its current location in West Los Angeles, California. ABCS currently employs three individuals, including Richard Polsky, Ph.D., the President and founder of the business.
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 in Los Angeles, California. The program terminated in 2015. This allowed Dr. Polsky to focus more on his expert witness work for dog bite attorneys in the United States and Canada.
Dr. Polsky, as an animal behavior specialist, also provides temperament evaluation for dogs facing dangerous dog hearings.
His 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. In addition, dog behavior expert witness services are provided to do bite attorneys in criminal and civil litigation.
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. Home visits and office consultations are available. Animal behavior treatment programs are specialized and based on a evidence-based approach utilizing scientific findings from the veterinary and animal behavior literature.