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

2. What are elephants famous for in the way they respond to death?
(a) They are famous for not leaving a carcass behind.
(b) They are famous for shunning the dying.
(c) They are famous for burying their dead.
(d) They are famous for their indifference to death.

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

4. Why will a submissive dog urinate before a more dominant dog?
(a) So that the dominant dog can permit the submissive dog to approach.
(b) So that the submissive dog can mark its territory for the dominant dog.
(c) So that the dominant dog can overmark the submissive dog's urine.
(d) So that the submissive dog can assert its dominance over the dominant dog.

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

6. Why is the "sensitive period" a crucial stage in development?
(a) Because it is when dogs become familiar with humans and are housetrained.
(b) Because it is when dogs learn to communicate and bond with one another.
(c) Because it is when dogs are housetrained and learn to communicate.
(d) Because it when dogs become familiar with humans and bond with one another.

7. What does McConnell advise about an alpha rollover?
(a) She does not condone it.
(b) She sometimes condones it.
(c) She is indifferent to it.
(d) She does condone it.

8. Who displays affection by "ventral-ventral contact"?
(a) Humans.
(b) No one.
(c) Cats.
(d) Dogs.

9. Why are humans hardwired to find babies adorable, according to McConnell?
(a) Because adults depend on parenting to reproduce.
(b) Because rearing a baby is natural.
(c) Because parenting is rewarding.
(d) Because babies depend on parental nurturing to survive.

10. Why does McConnell advocate for a dog to be in the right environment for its breed?
(a) Because otherwise it is a disservice to the dog.
(b) Because otherwise it will be expensive to keep the dog.
(c) Because otherwise the owners will give up on the dog.
(d) Because otherwise the dog cannot be trained.

11. Why is constant contact with humans and other dogs important for dogs?
(a) So that contact with humans and other dogs becomes a normal, healthy occurrence.
(b) So that contact with humans and other dogs becomes a pleasing, satisfying occurence.
(c) So that contact with humans and other dogs becomes a safe, necessary occurrence.
(d) So that contct with humans and other dogs becomes an intimidating, significant occurence.

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

13. According to McConnell, what can happen when an owner caters to a dog?
(a) The dog may become too submissive.
(b) The dog can have behavior problems.
(c) Other dogs will be too aggressive with the dog.
(d) The dog will be well-adjusted.

14. What does lack of eye contact signal to a dog?
(a) That you want to be friends with the dog.
(b) That interaction will commence.
(c) That interaction is over for the time being.
(d) That you don't want to punish the dog.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What command should be given to curb unwanted behavior, according to McConnell?

2. What is an "alpha rollover"?

3. What kind of behavioral disorders will a dog develop if it is not properly trained during the "sensitive period"?

4. Who will spend an hour on grooming, according to McConnell?

5. Does McConnell believe that dogs can be moody?

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