- Breed identification and behavioral proclivities of different breeds;
- Proffering opinions about the dangerous or vicious nature of the dog;
- Determining what the behavioral capabilities of the dog were at the time the incident happened;
- Determining whether provocation was a factor in causing the dog to bite;
- Proffering opinions about the care and maintenance of a dog and how these factors influenced its behavior;
- Determining if the incident foreseeable to the dog owner, or a landlord?
- Determining the side effects of drugs and how they impact aggressive responding;
- Identifying the dog which did the biting when multiple dogs are involved in an
- Determining if the gross misconduct of an owner impacted the dog’s behavior;
- Reconstruction of the incident which caused injury to the plaintiff.
What are the typical assignments for the canine behavior expert?
- When necessary, conduct a behavioral examination of the dog to determine if the dog
was dangerous by nature, or had the potential to engage in behavior that led to injury
of the victim;
- Review depositions and other discovery to determine if the plaintiff provoked the dog, or if there were steps the defendant could have taken to prevent the incident from happening;
- Assist the attorney by pointing to facts of the case that support or reject arguments about liability;
- Develop questions for the attorney for use in deposition or trial;
- Draft reports or declarations stating opinions; provide testimony at deposition or trial