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Patricia McConnell
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why is a treat more appreciated for a reward than a pet on the head according to McConnell?
(a) Because consistency is key.
(b) Because a pet on the head is normal.
(c) Because a pet on the head is considered "rude."
(d) Because dogs like treats.

2. What is the example of "group bereavement" Andy Beck observed?
(a) A herd of elephants who stood in a circle around dead calves.
(b) A pack of wolves who stood in a cricle and faced dead pups.
(c) A herd of horses who stood in a circle and faced dead foals.
(d) A school of dolphins who swam in a circle around dead calves.

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

4. Why will a submissive dog urinate before a more dominant dog?
(a) So that the dominant dog can overmark the submissive dog's urine.
(b) So that the submissive dog can mark its territory for the dominant dog.
(c) So that the submissive dog can assert its dominance over the dominant dog.
(d) So that the dominant dog can permit the submissive dog to approach.

5. According to McConnell, whose personality should an owner gauge when considering adopting a dog?
(a) It doesn't matter.
(b) The owner's and the dog's.
(c) The dog's.
(d) The owner's.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does lack of eye contact signal to a dog?

2. What are two other ways to distract a dog from its unwanted behavior, according to McConnell?

3. According to McConnell, how are dogs like humans when it comes to social hierarchy?

4. Why is the "sensitive period" a crucial stage in development?

5. What is the #2 preference prospective owners base their decision to adopt or buy a dog?

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