Dog bite expert & animal behavior specialist

Richard H. Polsky, PhD, CDBC
Los Angeles, California

“Bringing the science of animal behavior to attorneys”

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Pit bulls Dog Bite Injury Blog

A blog for attorneys & dog bite victims by animal behavior expert, Richard Polsky, PhD. The dog bite injury blog was created to report current news about injury caused to people as a result of being attacked by a canine. An animal behavior perspective is used. Stories for inclusion have been carefully chosen based on where the incident happened, the breed of dog involved, the nature of the injury, legal implications, and whether a canine fatality occurred.

Pit bull mauling in California: Dog bite expert opinion

Below, I share  the correspondence received from an extremely distraught owner as a result of the vicious pit bull mauling in California.  In this incident, the owner and his wifeRead More

Pit bull mauling in California: Dog bite expert opinion

Expert opinion about temperament tests and predatory aggression in dogs

Temperament tests are widely used to determine the “adoptability” of shelter dogs.  Popular temperament test currently in use include the”EthoTest”, the SPCA “SAFER.” test, the “Am I Safe” test, andRead More

Landlord dog bite liability in a California pit bull attack

Dogs with strong aggressive tendencies towards other dogs usually present issues about landlord dog bite liability if the dog resides on the propertty of the landlord.  Unfortunately, this may not beRead More

Vicious pit bull mauling captured on video in California

The owner of two adults pit bulls will likely face criminal charges in California as a result of her her dogs brutally attacking an elderly man and his Jack Russell Terrier onRead More

Criminals, dangerous dogs and expert opinion about a Nevada fatal dog bite

I have always placed a great deal of emphasis using findings from studies published in the animal behavior literature in formulating opinions as a dog bite expert.  Thus, I read with interestRead More

Pit bulls seized from fighting rings in CA. not necessarily vicious

Any dog in California seized from an illegal fighting ring in California will no longer be considered inherently vicious according to recently enacted legislation.  A welcomed new law, California Assembly Bill #1825, was approved andRead More

Did coughing trigger a predatory fatal dog attack in California?

The circumstances surrounding a fatal dog attack in California in April, 2016 on a three-day-old infant suggests that the dog’s predatory inclinations may have been at work.  In this fatal dogRead More

Do pit bulls possess dangerous behavioral traits?

Media accounts about dog maulings by pit bulls have engendered the belief that pit bulls are unique.  As a result, municipalities throughout the world have enacted controversial laws banning pit bullsRead More

What caused North Carolina fatal dog attack on an elderly lady?

The reasons why some fatal dog bite attacks happen are often not clear.  One such example comes from a recent North Carolina fatal dog attack that happened in March, 2016 in SouthRead More

Dog expert opinion on the most aggressive dog breeds

As a dog expert, I am frequently asked to opine the most aggressive breeds of dog.  Many seek answers to this question. Not surprisingly, however, there are reasons why this apparently simpleRead More