Dog bite expert & animal behavior specialist

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

“Bringing the science of animal behavior to attorneys”

Dr. Richard Polsky - The Dog Expert


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.

Predation likely motive behind fatal dog attack in Texas

  Previously, I’ve noted the occurrence of fatal dog attacks on young children on swings. This probably happens, in part, because a child on a swing is in motion and this kindRead More

Interpretation of temperament tests in dog bite cases

 Some dog bite experts assume that testing for temperament when a dog is apuppy, preferably around eight weeks of age, can predict what the dog will belike temperamentally when itRead More

Provocation & comparative fault in California dog bite lawsuit

Trial attorneys know that uncertainty often exists with regard to outcome when a case is presented to a jury in a California dog bite lawsuit.  Uncertainty about outcome arises becauseRead More

Video of police dog attack on innocent bystander

  Most plaintiff attorneys involved in police dog bite lawsuits eventually come to learn about the potentially dangerous nature of police service dogs used for suspect apprehension.  In other postsRead More

  • UserDr. Polsky - Dog Bite Expert
  • User March 25, 2015
  • User

Fatal dog attack in Arkansas by pack of pit bulls

    Most animal behaviorists would probably agree that a pack of dogs pose greater risk to public safety than a single dog, particularly if these dogs were untrained, not neutered,Read More

Further evidence for dangerous nature of police canine in Florida

Previously on this website I have written about the unreliable and dangerous nature of police canines trained in suspect apprehension.  Further evidence supporting my belief of the dangerous nature ofRead More

  • UserDr. Polsky - Dog Bite Expert
  • User February 23, 2015
  • User

Boy loses leg in vicious attack by police canine in California

      Police canines are always portrayed by their K-9 handlers as highly trained “partners”, trustworthy, predictable, compliant, and extremely reliable.   Nonetheless,  from an animal behavior perspective thereRead More

  • UserDr. Polsky - Dog Bite Expert
  • User February 13, 2015
  • User

Few defenses available to counter Iowa dog bite statute

  An animal behavior perspective may be of limited use when strict liability statutes are employed in dog bite lawsuits. Statutory strict liability makes an owner strictly liable for victim’sRead More

87-year-old man in Maryland first dog bite fatality victim in 2015

  The elderly and the very young are killed by dogs more frequently when compared with other age groups in the United States. This finding in part can be accountedRead More

Fatal dog attacks in the USA: Forecast for 2015

Epidemiological studies indicate that about 30-40 people killed by dogs annually United States and that the victims are usually those who possess limited abilities to defend themselves against a powerful,Read More