Behavioral Consultations
at Leesburg Veterinary Hospital

Dr. SinnBehavior Solutions for Pets – Dr. Leslie Sinn

Behavior Solutions for Pets is an independent consulting business dedicated to your pet's behavioral health. Leslie Sinn is a veterinarian and an animal lover as well as a skilled animal trainer. With a practice limited to behavior, Dr. Sinn specializes in finding solutions for all types of behavioral issues and concerns.

In a recent American Animal Hospital Pet Owner Survey, 60% of all pet owners had one or more behavioral concerns about their pets. The sooner a treatment plan is in place, the more likely the behavior can be successfully changed.

Consultation FAQs

  1. How can I schedule an appointment?

    Appointments can be scheduled at any mutually agreeable time during Leesburg Veterinary Hospital’s business hours. Please contact Dr. Sinn directly to schedule a consultation.

    Schedule an appointment by calling 540-454-9081 or by emailing

    For cancellations, please call at least 24 hours in advance if you are unable to make your appointment. Less than 24 hours notice may result in a cancellation fee.

  2. What is required of me and my pet prior to the consultation?

    You will be required to complete a comprehensive questionnaire about your pet's behavior. This form is available on the Forms page of Dr. Sinn’s website.

    The comprehensive questionnaire gives possible insights to any behavior-related problems that your pet might be having so that the time during your appointment can be spent observing and targeting those specific problem areas.

    Your pet should also have basic bloodwork-completed by your primary veterinarian prior to the appointment. Your veterinarian can submit the needed information online via Dr. Sinn's web site. Many problematic behaviors have underlying medical causes that bloodwork may detect. Once treated and diagnosed, the behavior problems may also resolve (an example would be a cat urinating outside of its litterbox because of cystitis).

  3. How long does the consultation last?

    A private two hour consultation allows plenty of time for Dr. Sinn to get to know you and your pet. Completion of the detailed questionnaire assures that any concerns or issues are correctly identified.

  4. What is included in my pet’s consultation and treatment plan?

    Following the initial appointment, Dr. Sinn will develop and implement a comprehensive treatment plan. A specific behavior modification plan will be created for you and your pet. This plan is aimed to help you change your pet’s behavior in an easy-to-follow, step-by-step manner. Free follow up via email or phone is available for three months after your scheduled appointment. Rechecks, if needed, occur at the hospital 6-8 weeks after the initial consultation.

  5. Dr. Sinn

    Are medications recommended or prescribed?

    In some cases, behavior modification will be supplemented with medication. This is especially true in situations where the pet is scared or anxious, or where underlying medical conditions may be contributing to behavioral problems.

  6. What is the policy on punishment in training?

    Punishment is not an effective training approach. It creates fear and anxiety and can be dangerous for the owner if the pet reacts aggressively. Dr. Sinn will show you how to interact with your pet in a positive manner that creates a happy, trusting relationship.

  7. What type of pets/behavioral issues does Dr. Sinn work with?

    Dr. Sinn has experience with most companion animals including dogs, cats, horses, exotics, and birds.

    She can help with the following behavioral problems:

    • House-soiling
    • Noise phobias (fireworks, guns)
    • Thunderstorm phobias
    • Aggression
    • Excessive vocalization (yowling, barking)
    • Repetitive behaviors (light chasing, fly snapping, licking)
    • Separation anxiety
    • Destructive behaviors (digging, chewing, clawing)
    • Fear of the groomer and/or veterinarian
    • Senility (cognitive decline)
    • Hyper-activity
    • Attention seeking behaviors (pawing, begging, ripping)
    • Travel-related problems
  8. For more information about Behavior Solutions for Pets and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Leslie Sinn, visit her website at: