The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs Test | Final Test - Easy

Patricia McConnell
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to studies McConnell cites, what are the similarities between grieving over a pet and grieving over a person?
(a) Studies show that there are few similarities between them.
(b) Studies show that grieving over a pet is more intense.
(c) Studies show that the stages of grief are the same.
(d) Studies show that grieving of a pet is less intense.

2. What choice should humans make in regard to how they treat dogs, according to McConnell?
(a) Humans should choose to be the aggressive, strong leader.
(b) Humans should choose to be the indifferent, passive follower.
(c) Humans should choose to be the benevolent, kind follower.
(d) Humans should choose to be the benevolent, wise leader.

3. What do dogs need that owners should provide in order to prevent behavior problems?
(a) Humans.
(b) Exercise.
(c) Treats.
(d) Sleep.

4. According to McConnell, why is there aggression in a social hierarchy?
(a) Because there is constant flux in every group.
(b) Because the leader has to fight to remain dominant.
(c) Because there are dogs fighting for dominance.
(d) Because all dogs are aggressive.

5. What advice does McConnell give for an owner who has lost a pet?
(a) Volunteer at an animal shelter and rely on your human support structure.
(b) Take time and adopt a puppy.
(c) Take time and rely on your human support structure.
(d) Adopt a puppy and volunteer at an animal shelter.

6. McConnell states that a theory of "___________" is the ideal way to deal with a dog.
(a) "Benevolent love."
(b) "Benevolent leadership."
(c) "Tough love."
(d) "Tough leadership."

7. What does McConnell NOT consider a betrayal?
(a) Adopting a dog when you can't afford one.
(b) Rehoming a dog into a safe and happy environment.
(c) Using negative reinforcement to train a dog.
(d) Giving up on a dog because of its age.

8. What does McConnell liken a death of a pet to?
(a) A time of renewal.
(b) A death of a loved one.
(c) An opportunity to adopt.
(d) A responsibility to bear.

9. Besides chimps, who are our closest primate relatives?
(a) Gorillas.
(b) Bonobos.
(c) Lemurs.
(d) Monkeys.

10. What is the #2 preference prospective owners base their decision to adopt or buy a dog?
(a) Personality.
(b) Sex.
(c) Worth.
(d) Looks.

11. What is the cause of many behavior problems, according to McConnell?
(a) Hunger.
(b) Aggression.
(c) Fear.
(d) Boredom.

12. What example does McConnell provide that is an analogous to leaving a pack?
(a) A college student graduating and getting a job.
(b) An elderly person getting sick and entering a nursing home.
(c) A person getting married and having children.
(d) A child growing up and leaving the family unit.

13. In a dog-to-dog relationship, what is NOT a sign of submissiveness?
(a) Leaned-back body.
(b) Lowered head.
(c) Wagging tail.
(d) Back-pointed ears.

14. What is the word an owner should give once the dog has waited at the door for a moment?
(a) Yes.
(b) Here.
(c) Ok.
(d) Come.

15. According to McConnell, much of a dog's behavior has to do with what is _______versus what is _______.
(a) Appealing; unappealing.
(b) Safe; dangerous.
(c) Familiar; unfamiliar.
(d) real; fake.

Short Answer Questions

1. Does McConnell see similarities in personality between humans and dogs?

2. According to McConnell, what should an owner NOT assume about petting her or his dog?

3. What are two other ways to distract a dog from its unwanted behavior, according to McConnell?

4. Why is it important to ask a breeder about a dog's lineage?

5. Why should an owner give two pats on the dog's head after saying the command to curb unwanted behavior?

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