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 does "Motherese" mean?

2. What does a person who wants to block have to do?

3. What is the vomero-nasal organ on a dog?

4. How do male and female humans engage in play fighting?

5. When an owner yells at a dog to stop barking, what is she or he encouraging the dog to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is habituation and why does it present a challenge for trainers?

2. What is the one difference between humans and primates that also presents a challenge when it comes to dog training?

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

4. Why is it important to properly teach a dog to play fetch?

5. What point does McConnell make in relating her experience with the aggressive mastiff?

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

7. Why does McConnell recommend that a dog owner wear a hat around the house, and what is her larger point?

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

9. What is the "guy-with-the-gold-chain" hypothesis and what does it signify?

10. Why is it counter-intuitive to yell a command to a barking 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 dog training in the book by choosing five commands and illustrating step-by-step how to dog to learn them. Then, discuss the overall approach from a critical standpoint. What does dog training reveal about the way humans learn? Are they comparable?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the purpose and function of affection in the book. Compare and contrast the ways in which humans and dogs both perceive and express affection.

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