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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. What is the second mistake McConnell makes with the dog who lunges at her in front of an audience?
(a) Walks away from the dog.
(b) Looks the dog in the eye.
(c) Pets the dog.
(d) Yells at the dog.

2. What should an owner do who wants to avoid a dog from crawling into her or his lap?
(a) Do a torso body block and turn your head away purposefully.
(b) Get up from the seat and walk 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.

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

4. Why should a person "release the pressure" after she or he has initiated a block?
(a) Because dogs cannot see from a close distance.
(b) Because dogs become threatened if a human is too close.
(c) Because dogs should be rewarded after a negative behavior has stopped.
(d) Because dogs cannot behave if a human is too close.

5. When a person cocks his or her head, what does it tell the dog?
(a) I am dominant over you.
(b) I am submissive toward you.
(c) I am no threat to you.
(d) I am a threat to you.

Short Answer Questions

1. If an owner wants to encourage movement in a dog, what should she or he do?

2. How many languages do the animal handlers McConnell researches use?

3. Why do wolf and canine packs use "hip slams" and "shoulder slams"?

4. According to McConnell, what does the episode with the dog who lunges at her illustrate the importance of for an owner and trainer?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

7. Why is it important to properly teach a dog to play fetch?

8. What are commissures, and why are they important?

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

10. What do the steps in teaching a dog how to come illustrate about training dogs?

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