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 ingrained behavior is considered affectionate for humans but rude for dogs and should be avoided?

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

3. What are high pitched sounds NOT used for?

4. According to McConnell, how can an owner effectively housebreak a dog?

5. Why should a person "release the pressure" after she or he has initiated a block?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do dogs interpret loud voices and what does it signify?

3. According to McConnell, what sense perception do humans believe dogs respond to that is incorrect and why is it significant?

4. What is Motherese and why is it significant?

5. According to McConnell, what physical behaviors do dogs not appreciate that humans do and why?

6. What do the steps in teaching a dog how to come illustrate about training dogs?

7. What biological and anatomical differences are their between humans and dogs in terms of smell, and why is it significant for owners and trainers?

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

9. Why does McConnell suggest that paedomorphism accounts for human and dog bonding?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Puppy Mills. What are they and why should prospective owners avoid them? What role should the government have in regulating them?

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

According to McConnell, rehoming is sometimes necessary. Provide two examples of rehoming from the book. Do you agree or disagree with McConnell's point of view?

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