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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. According to McConnell, an owner's body should be trained like what?
(a) An athlete's.
(b) A mechanic's.
(c) A psychologist's.
(d) A dog's.

2. What is habituation?
(a) Habituation is the process of cohabitating with a dog.
(b) Habituation occurs when a dog has a habit that cannot be broken.
(c) Habituation occurs when a stimulus is so contant as to become meaningless.
(d) Habituation is the final step in dog training.

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

4. How can a person tell if a dog is threatening or submissive?
(a) A threatening dog will lunge, a submissive dog will not.
(b) A threatening dog runs forward, a submissive dog runs back.
(c) A threatening dog leans forward, a submissive dog leans back.
(d) A threatening dog barks, a submissive dog does not.

5. What does "Motherese" mean?
(a) It is approximate speech.
(b) It is difficult speech.
(c) It is universal speech.
(d) It is maternal speech.

Short Answer Questions

1. When a dog's corners of the mouth are forward, what is it a sign of?

2. McConnell concluded that animal handlers use rapid sounds for what purpose?

3. When first training a dog to play fetch, what should an owner do?

4. How does McConnell respond to the dog when it lunges at her in front of an audience?

5. What is "object play" associated with for humans?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is a little known fact about our sense of smell, and what does it indicate about how humans live in the world?

3. Why does McConnell recommend that a dog owner wear a hat around the house, and what is her larger point?

4. What biological and anatomical differences are their between humans and dogs in terms of smell, and why is it significant for owners and trainers?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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