Resources for Pet Owners

In this section, you will find recommended reading for pet owners and practitioners. Read below about some common behavioral problems and things you can do to help your pet.

In this article, Dr. Sinn discusses how modern day suburban dogs face increased, and sometimes unreasonable, expectations from their owners.

Is your dog perfect? No? Neither is mine.

People aren't the only species that are negatively affected by chronic stress! This article describes how to best mitigate the effects of stress for your pets.

Did you know that pets experience stress too?

In this free webinar, Dr. Sinn explains how bird behavior affects bird care. Topics include: social behaviors, grooming, pair bonding, nesting, and verbal and non-verbal communication. This is valuable information for shelters and rescue or foster parents caring for birds. 

Normal avian behavior

In this Northern Virginia article, Dr. Sinn gives tips about how pets might show depression and what to do if your pet is acting blue. 

Spotting depression in pets
Dogs on a Bench

In 2014, the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists released a new book titled Decoding Your Dog.This is a great resource for owners to better understand normal behavior and potential behavior problems.

Want to better understand your dog's behavior?

In this free webinar, Dr. Sinn explains how to provide a high quality of life for birds in shelter and foster homes. Topics covered include: housing, environmental enrichment, cleanliness, and bird health. 

Bird housing, enrichment & care

Like puppies, kittens need to be socialized too! Dr. Sinn gives advice about the do's and don'ts of kitten socialization.

Do you have a new kitten?
Many Dogs

Retractable leashes are very popular, but pose a myriad of risks to pets and owners. Learn more about some of the downsides of rectractable leash use.

Consider leaving your retractable leash at home

Resources for Veterinarians, Shelters & Practitioners

Bulldog Scratching

Tynes, V, & Sinn, L. 2014. Abnormal Repetitive Behaviors in Dogs and Cats: A Guide for Practitioners. Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice, 44(3), 543-564.

Abnormal repetitive behavior in dogs and cats
Pitbull Portrait

Here Dr. Sinn talks about what veterinarians need to know about promoting good canine behavior.

How to promote good canine behavior

Here Dr. Sinn covers the best avian care practices for shelters. Is your shelter equipped to house and care for exotic birds? Does your staff understand basic avian needs?


This overview of bird care from intake to adoption will help prepare your shelter and foster homes for avians.Topics include: identification, handling, housing, nutrition, safety issues, and behavior.  

Overview of avian care for shelters
Vitamins and pills

Sinn, L. 2018.
Advances in Behavioral Psychopharmacology,
Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice, 48(3): 457-471.

Advances in behavioral psychopharmacology

Tynes, V, Sinn, L., & Koch, C.S. 2015. The relationship between physiology and behavior in dogs and cats. In Weiss, E., Mohan-Gibbons, H., & Zawistowski, S., Animal Behavior for Shelter Veterinarians and Staff (pp. 63-101). Ames, IA: John Wiley & Sons.

The relationship between physiology and behavior in dogs and cats