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Patricia McConnell
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. McConnell concluded that animal handlers use rapid sounds for what purpose?
(a) To save animals from potential danger.
(b) To spur animals and make them go faster.
(c) To distract animals from unwanted behavior.
(d) To stop animals and take control of the situation.

2. What physical traits were present in the study which illustrated that paedomorphism is also physiological?
(a) Floppy ears, curly tails, and different brain chemistry in foxes.
(b) Floppy ears, long tails, and different brain chemistry in dogs.
(c) Large eyes, round face, and different brain chemistry in primates.
(d) Short legs, long torso, and different brain chemistry in humans.

3. How did researchers discover that paedomorphism is also physiological?
(a) By breeding for docility in dogs.
(b) By breeding for docility in foxes.
(c) By breeding for docility in humans.
(d) By breeding for docility in primates.

4. What kind of animal behaviorist is Patricia McConnell?
(a) A theoretical animal behaviorist.
(b) A biological animal behaviorist.
(c) An applied animal behaviorist.
(d) A genetic animal behaviorist.

5. Studies prove that who can tell that a shirt has been worn by a man or woman?
(a) Cats.
(b) Dogs.
(c) Humans.
(d) Primates.

Short Answer Questions

1. Whose nostrils can move independently from their face?

2. In one study, half of adults who lost their sense of smell also reported what?

3. When teaching a dog how to play fetch, what does McConnell recommend doing in lieu of prying a ball from a dog's mouth?

4. According to McConnell, humans are "living, breathing _____machine guns."

5. According to McConnell, small _______impart big meaning for a dog.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is it counter-intuitive to yell a command to a barking dog?

2. How should an owner house train her or his dog?

3. What story does McConnell relate about a dog's memory for smell, and why is it significant?

4. How does an owner temper a body block and why is it important?

5. What is the command McConnell teaches that mimics pack behavior, and how is it executed?

6. Why does McConnell advise against taking a ball from a dog's mouth, and why is it important?

7. How do dogs interpret loud voices and what does it signify?

8. What is habituation and why does it present a challenge for trainers?

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

10. What is the difference between how we use our sense of smell versus how dogs use their sense of smell?

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