California law imposes Strict Liability on dog bites which means you do not have to prove negligence on the part of the dog owner per se, you only have to prove the dog bite occurred, and thereby caused you bodily injuries.  California law has made it clear, if you own a dog, then you better take responsibility for you dog.  There are some narrow exceptions to this rule which is why a consult with an experienced California Dog Bite Attorney is crucial.