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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 advice does McConnell give for an owner who has lost a pet?
(a) Take time and rely on your human support structure.
(b) Take time and adopt a puppy.
(c) Adopt a puppy and volunteer at an animal shelter.
(d) Volunteer at an animal shelter and rely on your human support structure.

2. According to McConnell, how are dogs like children when it comes to getting what they want?
(a) Like children, dogs are constantly crying for what they want.
(b) Like children, dogs need to learn that they don't always get what they want.
(c) Like children, dogs should be nurtured and given what they want.
(d) Like children, dogs are helpless without getting what they want.

3. According to McConnell, why is social structure NOT as important to dogs as many might think?
(a) Because dogs are not like juvenile wolves and juvenile coyotes, who have more social structure.
(b) Because dogs are like juvenile wolves, who have less social structure.
(c) Because dogs are not like wolves, coyotes, or foxes, who have more social structure.
(d) Because dogs are like adult foxes, who have less social structure.

4. Why is it important to ask a breeder about a dog's lineage?
(a) To get as much information about its physical traits.
(b) To get as much information about its monetary worth.
(c) To get as much information about its personality.
(d) To get as much information about its ability to show.

5. Chimpanzees and _______will carry a dead infant for days, even though it is rotting.
(a) Monkeys.
(b) Orangutans.
(c) Gorillas.
(d) Baboons.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the cause of many behavior problems, according to McConnell?

2. What is a common example of a dog being wrong for a particular home?

3. What choice should humans make in regard to how they treat dogs, according to McConnell?

4. What do owners expect from dogs all the time that dogs cannot provide, according to McConnell?

5. According to McConnell, much of a dog's behavior has to do with what is _______versus what is _______.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does McConnell's views on social hierarchy differ from other scientists, and how is it important?

3. How does a person spot submissiveness in a dog, and why is it important?

4. What do we know about how a dog grieves?

5. What are the types of individuals in social hierarchies, and which type has the most aggression?

6. What does McConnell sometimes advocate for an owner to startle a dog?

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

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

9. What is the difference between breed and personality?

10. Why is a working breed ill-suited to live in an apartment in a city, according to McConnell?

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