The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Patricia McConnell
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is McConnell doing when she mistakenly gets too close to the dog in front of an audience?

2. Why does commanding "down" for a dog to lie down and "down" for a dog to get off the couch confusing?

3. When a person cocks his or her head, what does it tell the dog?

4. What do dogs equate loudness to?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What are the differences between the way humans and dogs show affection, and why is it significant?

4. According to McConnell, what physical behaviors should people pay the most attention to in a dog and why?

5. How should an owner teach a dog to wait patiently at the door?

6. What is the difference between breed and personality?

7. Why do primates look away, and in what situations should an owner do the same?

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

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

10. Why is a bored dog a dangerous dog?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Using McConnell's observations from the book, compare and contrast wolves and dogs. How does each behave in packs? What do they share in terms of ancestry? How are they different?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the role of habituation in relation to dog training in the book.

1) Provide four examples of habituation in dogs.

2) Provide four methods to counteract habituation in dogs.

Essay Topic 3

Choose three dogs from the book and discuss them as characters. What are their physical and psychological attributes? What purpose do their stories serve for McConnell's argument?

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