Animal behavior expert witness, Richard Polsky, Ph.D. obtained his doctorate in animal behavior from the University of Leicester in 1975. The doctoral program at the University of Leicester, unlike doctoral programs in the United States, emphasized a European approach to the scientific study of animal behavior. 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 and research associate in the Brain Research Institute at UCLA. At UCLA, he engaged in full-time research in animal behavior for five years (1976-1981). He worked closely with 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. He resumed in the private sector as an applied animal behaviorist. 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 for over 35 years.
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. He has evaluated hundreds of dogs in accordance with the criteria set forth by the American Kennel Club’s CGC testing program.
Dr. Polsky is certified through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.
Dr. Polsky has been retained by dog bite attorneys as an animal behavior expert witness 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 expert witness in animal behavior for the defense in the San Francisco dog mauling. Moreover, Dr. Polsky has always successfully met Kelly-Frey and Dalbert challenges.
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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. Dr. Polsky lives in Los Angeles with his human family and two trustworthy and loyal canines: a border collie mix, Swoozy, and a terrier mix, Mojo.
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