Dr. Leslie Sinn
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB)
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.
Want to better understand your cat's behavior?
In 2020, the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists released a new book titled Decoding Your Cat This a fantastic resource for owners to better understand normal behavior as well as potential behavior problems including Dr. Sinn's chapter on oral obsessions.
Resources for Veterinarians, Shelters & Practitioners
The relationship between physiology and behavior in dogs and cats
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.
Owners Perceptions of the Treatment of Feline Behavior Problems
Clinician's Brief review by Dr. Sinn of Grigg EK, Kogan LR, van Haaften K, Kolus C. Cat owners’ perceptions of psychoactive medications, supplements and pheromones for the treatment of feline behavior problems. J Feline Med Surg. https://doi.org/10.1177/1098612X18807783
Animal-Assisted Interventions & Canine Welfare
Clinician's Brief review by Dr. Sinn of de Carvalho IR, Nunes T, de Sousa L, Almeida V. The combined use of salivary cortisol concentrations, heart rate, and respiratory rate for the welfare assessment of dogs involved in AAI programs. J Vet Behav. 2020;36:26-33.
Animal Behavior for Shelter Veterinarians and Staff
Read Dr. Sinn's chapter on The relationship between physiology and behavior in dogs and cats in Weiss, Emily, Heather Mohan-Gibbons, and Stephen Zawistowski, eds. Animal behavior for shelter veterinarians and staff. John Wiley & Sons, 2nd ed., 2022.
Overview of avian care for shelters
In this webinar, 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.