Dog Bite | Animal Behavior Expert Witness For Attorneys

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

“Bringing the science of animal behavior to attorneys”


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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.

Dog expert opinion on the danger of pit bulls to a toddler after divorce

As a dog expert, I have been occasionally asked to render opinions about the possible danger a pit bull poses to a child in shared custody following a divorce. Queries likeRead More

A blatant example of excessive force by an attack-trained police K-9

Blatant examples of excessive force delivered by a police K-9 can be found on videos on YouTube, such as in this example.  In any given instance when canine force isRead More

Dog Bite Safety | How to avoid being killed by a pack of Daschunds

Fifty-two-year-old Tracy Garcia was outside her home when she was killed by a pack of daschunds in Ardmore, Oklahoma on May 10, 2018.  The dogs belonged to a  neighbor.  Three females andRead More

Animal Behavior Science & Dog Expert Witness Testimony

Attorneys handling dog-related injury cases may not know much about the scientific discipline of animal behavior. Hence, below I will introduce this discipline to the dog bite attorney and offerRead More

DNA to identify dogs in fatal dog attack in California

As an animal behaviorist who has testified in criminal proceedings as an expert witness regarding fatal dog attacks, I read with great sadness of the recent fatal dog attack inRead More

Tips on Choosing an Animal Behavior Expert Witness

Personal injury attorneys experienced in litigating dog bite cases probably realize the potential value in retaining the services of an animal behavior expert witness.  This is especially true in statesRead More

Dog bite or scratch? – Expert opinion

Occasionally there may be uncertainty about whether the injury inflicted on a person was caused by a dog bite or scratch.  This issue occasionally arises in dog bite litigation.  Below,Read More

Canine expert witness opinion on aggression in a Bernese Mt. Dog

Q.  Dr. Polsky: I understand that you are a canine expert witness on dog bites. I am contacting you because my parents recently adopted an 18-month-old male Bernese Mountain dogRead More

Dog bites child on airplane in Arizona: Concerns about about dog bite safety

A dog bites child incident a Southwest flight in Arizona raises new questions about dog bite safety. Below, I opine about an incident that happened on a Southwest flight departingRead More

Expert opinion about provocation in a Golden retriever knock-down in Florida

Expert opinion about provocation as a defense in dog-bite injury lawsuits has been discussed elsewhere on this website. In the article below, I will summarize a lawsuit In which theRead More