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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. How many scent receptors do dogs have?
(a) 5 million.
(b) 20 million.
(c) 120 million.
(d) 220 million.

2. Why do wolf and canine packs use "hip slams" and "shoulder slams"?
(a) To stake out their territory.
(b) To appear larger than they are.
(c) To hide their fear.
(d) To entice the opposite sex.

3. What should an owner do who wants to avoid a dog from crawling into her or his lap?
(a) Get up from the seat and walk away purposefully.
(b) Do a torso body block and turn your head away purposefully.
(c) Do a doogie play bow and look at the dog purposefully.
(d) Move to the side and turn toward the dog purposefully.

4. According to McConnell, what does the episode with the dog who lunges at her illustrate the importance of for an owner and trainer?
(a) Getting to know a dog before he or she begins to train it.
(b) Learning to be more aggressive with a dog.
(c) Avoid training an aggressive dog.
(d) Controlling her or his physical movements around a dog.

5. Like dogs, humans are also in tune with what?
(a) High-pitched sounds.
(b) Minute physical movements.
(c) Approaching danger.
(d) Friendly people.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does a person who wants to block have to do?

2. What three behaviors do dogs consider highly rude?

3. According to McConnell, what is the best word to use to encourage a dog's silence?

4. How large is the "smell" part of a dog's brain in relation to a human's?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. According to McConnell, what physical behaviors should people pay the most attention to in a dog and why?

4. What is Motherese and why is it significant?

5. Why does McConnell suggest that paedomorphism accounts for human and dog bonding?

6. Why does McConnell advise against play fighting or wrestling with a dog?

7. What advice does McConnell offer in terms of how humans monitor their speech?

8. What is paedomorphism, and why is it significant?

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

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

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