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

2. What physical traits were present in the study which illustrated that paedomorphism is also physiological?

3. What physical behaviors in a dog are NOT important?

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

5. What is a dog pushing the corners of her or his mouth back a sign of?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is paedomorphism, and why is it significant?

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

3. How does an owner temper a body block and why is it important?

4. Why does McConnell advise against play fighting or wrestling with a dog?

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

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

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

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

9. What is object play and what is its relation to our primate heritage?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss qualities that make a good leader, according to McConnell. How do these leadership qualities pertain to effective dog training and hare they relevant to everyday life?

Essay Topic 2

McConnell discusses Motherese in the book to illustrate several ways humans and dogs communicate. What is Motherese and how does it influence human and dog communication?

Essay Topic 3

What makes a happy, comfortable home for both humans and dogs according to McConnell? How can humans provide a safe and happy home for their animals?

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