The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs Short Essay - Answer Key

Patricia McConnell
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1. What two mistakes did McConnell make with an aggressive mastiff, and why was it dangerous?

McConnell got too close to the mastiff and made direct eye contact with the dog. The dog lunged at her in response and could have hurt her or someone else in the audience.

2. What point does McConnell make in relating her experience with the aggressive mastiff?

McConnell relates her experience with the aggressive mastiff in order to illustrate the importance of controlling your physical movements around dogs in order to create a safe environment for you and the dog.

3. According to McConnell, what sense perception do humans believe dogs respond to that is incorrect and why is it significant?

Humans believe that dogs respond to aural stimuli and use their voices to control a dog's behavior. While dogs do respond to aural stimuli, dogs respond more to visual stimuli, indicating that humans tend to erroneously project their own experiences onto dogs.

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