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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. As an applied animal behaviorist, what is McConnell's least favorite responsibility?
(a) Putting a dog to sleep.
(b) Rehoming a dog.
(c) Setting up an adoption.
(d) Training an aggressive dog.

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

3. What is the ideal way of correcting bad behavior, according to McConnell?
(a) Yelling at the bad behavior and redirecting it to a desired behavior.
(b) Interrupting the bad behavior and redirecting it to a desired behavior.
(c) Waiting for the bad behavior to stop and praising the cessation of bad behavior.
(d) Interrupting the bad behavior and punishing the bad behavior.

4. At the vet's, how should an owner pet her or his dog to calm it down?
(a) Short and fast.
(b) Long and slow.
(c) Short and slow.
(d) Long and fast.

5. Who are the betas in a social hierarchy?
(a) They are the leaders who wish to give up their position.
(b) The are the followers who are content with their position.
(c) They are the followers who were once leaders.
(d) They are the status seekers who wish to improve their position.

Short Answer Questions

1. In a dog-to-dog relationship, what is NOT a sign of submissiveness?

2. How important are physical traits in choosing a dog for McConnell?

3. According to McConnell, where does the most aggression in a social hierarchy occur?

4. What area of a dog's body is considered a form of dominance if petted?

5. McConnell states that a theory of "___________" is the ideal way to deal with a dog.

Short Essay Questions

1. What advice does McConnell give to a person grieving over the loss of a pet?

2. What is rehoming and why is it sometimes necessary?

3. What have studies found about an owner grieving over a pet, and why is it significant?

4. How do juvenile wolves differ from adults in terms of social hierarchies and how does it pertain to dogs?

5. In what circumstances is a dog wrong for a home and what are the consequences?

6. What is the difference between breed and personality?

7. How does a dog interpret being petted on the top of the head, and why is it significant?

8. What is the theory of benevolent leadership?

9. What is an alpha rollover and why does McConnell advise against it?

10. How do primates socialize that not all dogs may appreciate?

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